It's a "full-court press" for catfish, and my God I can't believe I just started a blog post with this sentence.
North Dakota's Mike Mathison and Nick Haugen recently got a spot on Animal Planet's "Hillbilly Handfishin,'" a show most of our readers no doubt have programmed into their DVRs. In the clip below, Mathison uprears a 40-pound catfish out of the shallow, brown Red River near Temple, Okla.
“We were in the water six hours a day,” Mathison told the Grand Forks Herald. “By the time we were done, it was time for supper and then we went to bed. When your adrenaline stopped pumping, you died.”
What compels a person to noodle, I'll never know. There are snapping turtles, snakes, beavers and other defensive species just waiting to rip off your fingers and hands in that murky water.
As for how this came to be, the Herald reported:
(H/T, Diamond Leung)
They auditioned for the show by Skype after being recommended by a former assistant coach, Ryan Moody, who is a friend of a friend of the show’s producers, who apparently liked what they saw in the UND basketball buddies. ... Mathison and Haugen didn’t get paid to be on the show, but they feel like they’ve done something not many of the peers can claim, and they said they enjoyed the greatest of hospitality from the Bivens family during their week in Oklahoma.