03/16/2012 08:26 am ET Updated Mar 16, 2012

'Mudcats': Teddy Good Battles A Massive Fish Alone (VIDEO)

Fourth-generation noodler Teddy Good has been handfishing since he was three years old, and on "Mudcats" (Thu., 10 p.m. ET on History) he had to draw on all his experience as he battled a massive fish alone.

Competing in the Okie Noodling Invitational Championship, Teddy found himself alone in the river battling a huge flathead catfish. It was so powerful that it dragged the volunteer firefighter under the water three times.

Struggling, Teddy had to force the fish into shallow waters before it drowned him. Eventually, the fish ran out of steam first and an exhausted Teddy pulled it out of the river and headed for the weigh-in.

The flathead was enormous, but was it big enough to beat out the leviathan caught by noodling supremo Scooter Bivins?

In the end, it all came down to a weight difference of less than one pound. Scooter's fish weighed 40.9 lbs while Teddy's hit the scales at 40 lbs even.

Follow the race to the title on "Mudcats," which airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on History.

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