"Mudcats" (TV show) on History Channel is a reality docu-series that follows the men who compete with each other in an effort to showcase the best "mudcatters" in Oklahoma — "hands down"!

It's a practice that has been going on for generations — hand-fishing for giant flathead catfish. There's no rod, reel or bait — just two hands and a whole lot of guts. It's a cult and a culture, the disappearing remnants of a dangerous tradition that has played out on American rivers since the 1800s, man versus nature at its elemental best.

Deep in the heart of this historic state lives an adventurous group of people, who have chosen to hand-fish as their passion. These men have learned the ways of from their fathers and grandfathers, and who have every intention of passing the tradition down to their sons and daughters and grandchildren. The drive to be the best runs deep.

The practice of catching a giant catfish may sound easy, or insane. The fisherman must get into the water, and then wait for a fish to bite him, at which point he wedges his hand all the way down into its gullet and then wrestles it into the boat. Following them on their fearless hunts for big fish and even bigger thrills, viewers will enter a culture of natural recklessness, one-ups-manship and danger, where bites from turtles, snakes and beavers are just the price of doing business, and where losing your whole forearm down the maw of a sixty-pound catfish is, well, a smashing success.

History goes on a wild journey right into the heart of a disappearing daredevil breed.

The cast includes Scooter Bevins, Catfish Jerry Rider, Marion Kincaid, Teddy Good, Thomas Riggs and Don "Katt Daddy" Brewer.

"Mudcats" is produced by Original Media for History. Executive producers for Original Media are Jay Peterson, Charlie Corwin and Brian Catalina. Executive producers for History are Mary Donahue and Paul Cabana.

'Mudcats': Andy Pulls A Massive Catfish Out Of A Beaver's Den
'Hillbilly Handfishin'': Shan Catches A Massive Catfish


Network: History Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: February 9, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Original Media

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