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History to Premiere New Series MUDCATS, 2/9

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It's a practice that has been going on for generations - hand-fishing for giant flathead catfish. There's no rod, reel or bait - just two hands and a whole lot of guts. It's a cult and a culture, the disappearing remnants of a dangerous tradition that has played out on American rivers since the 1800s, man versus nature at its elemental best.

MUDCATS, premiering Thursday, February 9, 10pm ET/PT follows the men who compete with each other in an effort to showcase the best "mudcatters" in Oklahoma - "hands down"! Deep in the heart of this historic state lives an adventurous group of people, who have chosen to hand-fish as their passion - these men have learned the ways of from their fathers and grandfathers, and who have every intention of passing the tradition down to their sons and daughters and grandchildren. The drive to be the best runs deep.

The practice of catching a giant catfish may sound easy, or insane. The fisherman must get into the water, and then wait for a fish to bite him, at which point he wedges his hand all the way down into its gullet and then wrestles it into the boat. Following them on their fearless hunts for big fish and even bigger thrills, viewers will enter a culture of natural recklessness, one-ups-manship and danger, where bites from turtles, snakes and beavers are just the price of doing business, and where losing your whole forearm down the maw of a sixty-pound catfish is, well, a smashing success.

History goes on a wild journey right into the heart of a disappearing daredevil breed.

The MUDCATS:

SCOOTER" BEVINS "The Defending Champion" - The reigning champion of the 2010 Okie Noodling Tournament, Scooter is a man's man and then some. For Scooter, a fourth generation "mudcatting" is matter of defending his family's honor.

CATFISH JERRY RIDER "The Father and Son Team" - Jerry has been a fixture on the Oklahoma hand-fishing scene for decades. Known as a risk-taker and a man who can bring in monsters, he's ready to prove he's the best. A cantankerous personality, Jerry has headstrong opinions on everything. His son and fishing partner Andy is proof that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." After spending the last decade apart, they've reunited in a bid to claim the crown. But will their decision to fish together again heal their relationship or destroy their chances?

MARION KINCAID "The Catfish King" - Catfish King Marion's a Harley-driving, rough-and-tumble showman. Everybody loves Marion, and it's easy to see why - he's loose and loud and easygoing, and he doesn't get nearly as wrapped up in the backbiting and rivalries as the other guys do. And yet, he's still one of the best around.

TEDDY GOOD "The Young Gun" - Teddy is the next generation of hand fishermen, and a volunteer fireman whose wife happens to be Mrs. Oklahoma 2010. A fourth generation, he learned from his grandfather when he was three years old, and he's dedicated to continuing the legacy. Like Scooter, Teddy views his participation in the Tournament as a matter of honor and he's vowed to make his family proud.

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