We are raffling off a a guided fishing trip with Skipper Bivins for next year to raise money to benefit our local food bank! This trip will include one-day fishing trip with one night stay at the cabins where filming took place for two people. This will NOT include your travel to get to Temple, Oklahoma. We will draw for this trip December 21, 2013, just in time for Christmas! If this goes well, we will do it again next spring! The chances are $2.00 each or 3/$5.00 via paypal above link or you can send money order. Email me for address at email@example.com. Each time you make a purchase, you will get an autograph picture. Once your payment is recieved, we will mail out your tickets and autograph!
If you want to experience some extreme fishing, try noodling! Noodling is the art of fishing bare handed for flathead catfish that are monstrous.
First of all, we give thanks to God for all that we do and have accomplished. Without Him, none of this would be possible. We have two scriptures that we go by. They are Jonah 1:17 and Genesis 1:26.
Jonah 1:17: Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
Now if the Lord can prepare a great fish to swallow Jonah, then he can prepare us a great fish to catch!!
Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth on the earth.
Catching fish in their domain with your bare hands and feet may seem impossible to some, but unto the Bivins family, it has become a family tradition and a passion. We have been noodling for several generations, perfecting techniques that enable us to catch fish that are just swimming or lying on the bottom of rivers and the creeks, or in brush piles. Open water noodling takes much practice and a lot more skill, but catching a fish when it is protecting it's nest of eggs and is intent upon biting any intruder takes a person that wants to conquer their fear of the unknown. How big is the fish? How hard will he bite? When will he bite?
This style of fishing is an adrenaline junkies paradise. Skipper caught his first fish when he was four years old, a small one. The largest he ever caught was 111 pounds. Most trips abound with 15 to 50 pounders. A fishing experience to last a lifetime.
We usually go to the creeks at the beginning of may searching for the big blue cats that spawn early on before the flathead. They are the most fun to catch. Compared to the likes of a shark attack. Blue cats are a game fish though and we have to catch and release those. You can only keep the flathead catfish. They spawn after the blue cat.
The fish are actually cleaning out holes in the bank, so that the females can go lay eggs. Then the male fish are the babysitters. They protect the eggs from attackers. So any time that anything goes in front of the hole, they attack. That is how we catch fish by noodling. We actually call it grabbling, but the Oklahoma Wildlife Department calls it noodling in the regulations.
You have to also watch out for the snakes, and that is also where another person comes in handy to be a snake watcher. We also fish the lakes and go to the river. The river is a piece of heaven. At the river, there are very little holes in the banks, so we catch them in open water or in the brush, which takes a lot of skill. Not many people can catch them this way. But it can be done! Skipper is a great teacher!
Most people use sticks or stick their hands in the hole looking for the fish...we use our feet. Most people also wear tennis shoes, which leads to missing a bunch of holes and fish because you just can't tell.
You definitely don't want to go alone because it can be dangerous. You also want someone there to string the fish and block holes. It is an awesome adventure.
Very family oriented sport. A fun time to be out in nature and be with family and friends. Something that can be passed down from generation to generation.