"Mudcats" (Thu., 10 p.m. EST on History) follows six teams of expert hand-fishermen, or noodlers, as they compete to take home the title in Oklahoma's Okie Noodling Competition.
Veteran noodler Jerry Rider and his son Andy were in the water searching for catfish near a beaver's den when Andy got bitten on the leg by a snake.
Jerry managed to grab the offending reptile, which turned out to be a small water snake. Although its bite wasn't venomous, it could still cause a nasty reaction, so Andy went to the hospital to get it checked out.
The doctor told Andy that he had developed cellulitis in his leg "and it looks like it may have kind have festered up."
So the medical advice was to stay out of the water until his leg healed up. But with the title at stake, would Andy follow the doctor's orders?
Find out on "Mudcats," which airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on History.
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