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  • Noodling: The Primitive Art of Hillbilly Handfishing

    Noodling is the misleadingly cute name for a slimy pastime: fishing with bare hands. Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson noodle in the Red River, in Oklahoma. They are fishing guides, taking city slickers out for fear-conquering fun. They are also the stars of 'Hillbilly Handfishin',' premiering Aug. 7 on Animal Planet. Watch the full story on "Nightline" Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at 11:35 p.m. ET.
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  • Noodling: The Primitive Art of 'Hillbilly Handfishin''

    Skipper Bivins calls noodling "man on fish. Hand to hand" -- or, fin.
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  • Noodling: The Primitive Art of 'Hillbilly Handfishin''

    Bivins and Jackson have been noodling their whole lives. "My grandpa taught my dad, my dad taught me, and I'm teaching my children," Bivins said.
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  • Noodling: The Primitive Art of 'Hillbilly Handfishin''

    Bivins and Jackson invited "Nightline" to noodle. Correspondent Matt Gutman tried a noodling variant called brush fishing: reaching your hands into murky water and feeling for giant catfish, clamping one if you can. Jackson: "Here he is right here, big one." Bivins: "Moving toward you nice and easy." Above, Gutman with catch.
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  • Noodling: The Primitive Art of 'Hillbilly Handfishin''

    Bivins: "It's kind of like going bear hunting with a switch. Very primitive."
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  • Skipper Bivins.

    Skipper Bivins.
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  • Noodling: The Primitive Art of 'Hillbilly Handfishin''

    Bivins and Jackson were as surprised as anyone by their celebrity. "We're just fishermen," Bivins said. Watch the full story on "Nightline" Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at 11:35 p.m. ET.
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