Shan's relationship with his mom Carla had been deteriorating since he moved to Florida, so they thought a spot of "Hillbilly Handfishin'" (Sin., 8 p.m. EST on Animal Planet) could be an excellent way of reconnecting and spending some quality time together.
However, the week they spent learning the ancient and often controversial art of handfishing, or "noodling" with Skipper Bivins and the gang, was not all fun and games.
A clearly terrified Carla was uncomfortable being in the water and the catches just weren't going Shan's way. After a frustrating week, he was in danger of being out-smarted by the catfish and out-fished by his mom.
Would Shan ever be able to catch something big and redeem himself in the process?
As he said, on his last day he was finally "in the right place at the right time and one was finally coming my way." Veteran handfisher Trent Jackson admired Shan's determination. "You could see the look in his eye. This guy has got to prove himself."
As a huge catfish passed close to him, Shan managed to grab it and hold on as it wrestled to get free. At the end of the battle he rose victorious out of the water clutching his haul -- a monstrous 50-lber that was longer than his torso.
Can't get enough of handfishing? Check out Marion noodling another 50-lb giant on the "Mudcats" Series Premiere. "Hillbilly Handfishin'" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.
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