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Deep in the heart of Oklahoma, hand-fishing for giant flathead catfish is not just a passion: it’s a cult and a culture, and a dangerous tradition.  For these “mudcatters,” snake bites are just the price of doing business. Losing your whole forearm down the maw of a sixty-pound catfish is simply what it takes to reel in a catch. In Mudcats, we join a bevy of local hand-fishing experts as they each seek to prove they’re the best at what they do – which is nothing short of diving deep into lakes and muddy rivers, armed with nothing but their hands and whole lot of guts.  It’s man versus nature at its elemental best.

Deep in the heart of Oklahoma, hand-fishing for giant flathead catfish is not just a passion: it’s a cult and a culture, and a dangerous tradition.  For these “mudcatters,” snake bites are just the price of doing business. Losing your whole forearm down the maw of a sixty-pound catfish is simply what it takes to reel in a catch. In Mudcats, we join a bevy of local hand-fishing experts as they each seek to prove they’re the best at what they do – which is nothing short of diving deep into lakes and muddy rivers, armed with nothing but their hands and whole lot of guts.  It’s man versus nature at its elemental best.