• Still from Okie Noodling

    Still from Okie Noodling

The Film

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a 60-pound catfish with your bare hands, and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years. Diving into creeks, rivers, and lakes in search of bank-dwelling catfish, the tradition of “noodling” originated as a Native American hunting practice, but has survived as a rural sport with a unique and colorful subculture. Okie Noodling catches the excitement and sense of community that has hooked three Oklahoma families on handfishing.

The Filmmaker

  1. Bradley BeesleyProducer