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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.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Animal Planet
2 Seasons, 21 Episodes
September 24, 2010
Reality, Comedy
Cast: Skipper Bivins, Trent Jackson, Christian Bivins, Heather Bivins
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Hillbilly Handfishin' Full Episode Guide

  • Oklahoma is in for a surprise with this week's guests, which include an Irish couple looking to for an all-American experience, two Hollywood scream queens ready to face the horror of the Red River, and a pair of Savannah pub owners that know how to serve

  • Mechanics, Gospel Singers, and female wrestlers are in for some wild times when the Oklahoma weather takes a turn for the worse but Skipper and Jackson have a few tricks up their sleeve to keep everything on schedule.

  • A husband and wife team from Louisiana, mother son duo from NJ, and a father daughter team from New Mexico dive head first into the Red River and give new meaning to the term family bonding.

  • Two women from Jersey Shore, a man from Tulsa and a couple of guys from L.A. are teh Noodlers this time.

  • Guest include police officers from Philadelphia, cocktail waitresses from Reno and a pair of ballroom dancers.

  • In the second season premiere, guests include two women from Cleveland who take pride in their hunting skills, an Iowa man and his feisty mother-in-law, and a pair of megachurch pastors from New Jersey seeking for divine intervention.

  • Skipper and Jackson have seen it all. On this special episode, they hand out awards for the best, the biggest and the most outrageous moments as they look back at their fishing season.

  • Oklahoma will get a little bit of a shock with this week's guests, which include a couple of rock band pals, two Vegas showgirls, and a pair of Southern cops.

  • It's a brand new season of noodling at Big Fish Adventures as Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson welcome their first guests. These city slickers' prove that strong will and determination is a winning recipe for wranglin' catfish.

  • Two models from Massachusetts are shocked with a surprise way out of their comfort zones. Meanwhile, best college buddies experience the thrill of a lifetime. And a couple from Baltimore, Maryland, takes on this fishing adventure to repair their marriage.

  • Two sisters from Beverly Hills are definitely fish out of water, two geniuses from Berkeley trade in their books for some outdoor Okie adventure, a couple of tattoo artists from Kentucky bring on the heat with their love and dedication.

  • Baltimore housewives desperately need some time away from their daily routines. Two Chicago fish mongers are ready to take on some catfish. Two nerds are ready to get the full country experience.

  • A mother and daughter from Boston try handfishin'. Co-workers from Maryland try out the murky Oklahoma waters. Self proclaimed metrosexuals go noodling to get outside their comfort zone.

  • Two sophisticated socialites are ready for a challenge, a pair of college basketball players are ready to bring their game to Oklahoma to catch some catfish, and newlyweds want a big adventure together.

  • Two Kansas mothers vow to catch the biggest catfish; two gay men from South Carolina add noodling to their list of accomplishments.

  • Two friends from Atlanta are planning a party on the river after they catch their first fish, brothers-in-law from Phoenix try their hand at noodling, and Oklahoma newly weds hope this out-of-the ordinary adventure will bring help them bond.

  • A father and daughter want to have one last bonding experience before she heads off to college. An older couple want to add noodling to their wild adventure list.

  • Two best friends from Boston try their hand at noodling 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 Handfishn their best shot.

  • Famed hand-fishermen Skipper Bivins takes city-slicker clients through the paces of Noodling - using your bare hands and feet to catch giant catfish!

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