All American: Okie Noodling


For centuries, a unique breed of fishermen has been catching monster catfish with their bare hands in the rivers and lakes of Oklahoma. Today, the tradition of “noodling” still has Okie anglers hooked – the noodler motto is No Hooks, No Bait, No Fear. Once a year, competitive noodlers and handfishers meet in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma for the world’s largest noodling contest. Pictured here are some of the 2011 contenders, along with their prize catfish. Wowzers! All images are by photographer Matt Rainwaters (see his full collection of Okie Noodling images HERE).

Over the last decade, noodling (also known as catfisting, grabbling, graveling, hogging, dogging, gurgling, tickling and stumping) has enjoyed a surge in popularity due to a documentary, and two cable network shows.

-Watch full episodes online of The History Channel’s Mudcats and Animal Planet’s Hillbilly Handfishin.
-Learn how to Noodle In Ten Easy Steps

Myth Or Marvel: The Fur Bearing Trout

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What do you think? Is the Fur Bearing Trout the real deal? Or is this hairy fish part of a long running folktale, passed down from generation to generation? You decide:

The Believers
The Naysayers


Live Shark Tank Cam: Hosted By Shark Week

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In honor of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel is hosting a live streaming shark tank cam. Beginning Monday, August 13, tune in for live diver Q&A sessions starting at 9:30 a.m. PT, and daily whale shark feedings at 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. PT — every week day during Shark Week (premiering Sunday, August 12, at 9PM e/p):

Live broadcast by Ustream

You are watching live video of sharks (and many other marine animals) in the “Ocean Voyager” exhibit at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga. Shark Cam will be live throughout July and August 2012, daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.