- 2 Seasons
Television series Hillbilly Handfishin' is a reality show about a unique style of fishing called noodling, where the cast catches large catfish utilizing their hands and feet as the only bait. The show is based in Oklahoma and premiered on the Animal Planet in August 2011. Starring in the show are the two characters Trent Jackson and Skipper Bivins as they scour Oklahoma lakes attempting to catch huge catfish by using only their extremities. Hillbilly Handfishin' is executive produced by Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher and so far has aired one season on Animal Planet featuring a total of twelve episodes. The main characters and an array of other individuals film the reality show as they pursue the capture of giant catfish by means of noodling. The television series was originally planned to air during fall of 2011 but shot and aired a pilot series in late 2010. It was met with good reviews and debuted at an above average number of viewers in their allotted time slot. When most people think of cat fishing or simply fishing in general we typically think of a pole and line, either fishing from the shore or from a boat. Not many people have heard of the term noodling, which is the unique and generally unheard of form of fishing that is utilized in this show. This out of the ordinary style of fishing is used primarily in the south, and the obscurity of the technique is what sparked and is the basis of the show. As of December 2012 the reality television series Hillbilly Handfishin' has yet to air a second season despite the good reviews. A possible reason for the discontinuation of the show may be due to the lack of new and original episodes because it is based on a single event repeated. Despite this fact, it was an original show that was met with above average reviews, and is worth a watch.