Most of us think of getting out the ol’ rod-and-reel when we think about going fishing, but Animal Planet’s Hillbilly Handfishin’ gives fishermen a new way of looking at the sport.
Back for a second season, Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson are “noodling” with newbies, teaching them to dive into murky waters and dig out monster-sized catfish. Last season, Hillbilly Handfishin’ was one of cable’s biggest hits. This summer, it returns with a seven-episode run, bringing with it a crazy cast of city slickers who are ready to take the hillbilly plunge to a whole new level.
When Hillbilly Handfishin’ debuted, it made a huge splash on Animal Planet, showcasing this southern style of fishing and surprising viewers with the concept that city slickers jump at the chance to get rural with Oklahoma's most famous hillbillies. This show, which amassed a cult following of fans, even has celebrities like Joel McHale and Kristin Chenoweth going gaga for handfishin' and has become part of pop-culture vernacular. This season, Hillbilly Handfishin’ becomes more competitive. In each episode, expert hand-fishermen Skipper and Jackson choose two team captains among the group of six newbies, who haven't the faintest idea how to catch catfish with nothing but their bare hands and feet. Stakes are raised as mud is thrown, both figuratively and literally (there's some jovial trash talking), and teams are rewarded points based upon the size of the caught fish.
Skipper and Jackson are excited to teach the city slickers what it means to get down and dirty in Oklahoma. This season, the catfish await the following couples:
Hillbilly Handfishin’ will begin Season Two on Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. E/P.
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