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Hillbilly Handfishin'

Season 1 2011 - 2012

  • 2011-08-08T03:00:00+01:00 on Animal Planet
  • 60 mins
  • 10 hours, 49 mins
  • United States
  • English

A trip of a lifetime for fish-out-of-water adventure-seeking clients who want nothing more than to surprise themselves - and maybe gross themselves out - by doing things they'd never thought they'd do. Led by Oklahoma hand-fisherman and self-proclaimed hillbilly Skipper Bivins, these people get a taste of redneck lifestyle by going through the paces of noodling catfish with no fishing rods and no hooks. The only lures in this cat-fishing are fingers and toes - which, by the way, can be just as attractive to the snakes, beavers, muskrats and snapping turtles that take over abandoned catfish holes as homes of their own. The experience might be uncomfortable, completely foreign and downright terrifying, but it promises to alter the lives and positively affect each newly crowned noodler long after the last morsel of deep-fried fish is gone.

14 episodes

1x01 Catfish Are Wicked Cute

  • Series Premiere

    2011-08-08T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Two best friends from Boston hope that noodling will be the perfect adventure to get them out of their comfort zone, a brother and sister from California face their fears together, and two Chicago police officers give Hillbilly Handfishin' their best shot.

1x02 Say Hello to My Little Friend

  • 2011-08-15T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Two New Yorkers hope to throw an Italian-style catfish fry, a father and daughter hope to have one last bonding experience before heading off to college, and an older couple is looking to add noodling to their list of wild adventures.

1x03 Come on You Noodling Diva!

  • 2011-08-22T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Two friends from Atlanta are determined to have a party on the river after they catch their first fish, brothers-in-law from Phoenix embark on a noodling adventure, and Oklahoma newly weds hope this out-of-the ordinary adventure will bring them closer.

1x04 Kansas Girls Do It Better

  • 2011-08-29T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Longtime friends from Charleston want to show the Bivins crew that they can noodle as well as anyone else, Midwest moms from Kansas promise to catch the biggest catfish, and brave firefighters from Virginia hope to be bold in the muddy waters of Oklahoma.

1x05 Win One for the Skipper

  • 2011-09-06T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Two sophisticated socialites are ready to toast their catches with a martini in hand, a pair of college basketball players are ready to bring their game to Oklahoma to catch some catfish, and two newlyweds are ready for their next big adventure!

1x06 A Laugh, A Scream, and a Giggle

  • 2011-09-12T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

A mother and daughter from Boston give handfishin' a try, coworkers from Maryland are ready to test out the murky Oklahoman waters, and a pair of self-proclaimed metro-sexuals want to go noodling to get way outside their comfort zone.

1x07 Cillaxin' with Jackson

  • 2011-09-19T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Baltimore housewives yearn for some time away from their daily routines, two fishmongers from Chicago are eager to take on some catfish, and two self-proclaimed nerds are ready to leave behind their gadgets to get the full country experience!

1x08 Bragging Rights

  • 2011-09-26T03:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Among those noodling for catfish are best friends from Chicago, longtime buddies from Louisiana and three brothers from Annapolis, Md.

1x09 Bad to the Bone

  • 2011-10-03T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Two sisters from Beverly Hills are out of their element; graduate students from Oakland look to broaden their horizons; a biker couple from Kentucky want to add to their résumé of thrill-seeking exploits.

1x11 Get Back Loretta

  • 2012-02-13T03:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Two women from Atlanta look forward to throwing a party after their first catch; brothers-in-law and rivals from Phoenix compete to catch the biggest fish; Oklahoma City newlyweds seek a bonding experience.

1x12 I Want the Big One

  • 2012-02-20T03:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

These city slickers prove that strong will and determination is a winning combination when it comes to wranglin' catfish.

1x13 Shake, Rattle, and Roll

  • 2012-02-27T03:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

Rock group, Vegas showgirls, and a couple of cops about to have some wild times on the river.

1x14 Barin' It All

  • 2012-03-05T03:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

After weeks of taking out city slickers into the wilds of Oklahoma, handfishin' experts Skipper and Jackson have seen it all. On this episode, they're giving out awards for the best, the biggest and the most outrageous moments as they look back at their fishing season. They'll even reveal some footage so shocking it's never been shown on TV... until now.