ESPN's award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will feature an examination of noodling, or hand fishing, in the episode airing Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The program, which launched in October 2007, combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes. These stories are presented in a fresh and innovative format that incorporates producer/correspondent meetings.
Noodling involves a person holding his breath, diving down into a murky river or lake, feeling around a hole for a 20, 50 or maybe 100 pound catfish that's protecting its eggs, and then pulling it out with bare hands. Those that noodle call it a way of life, while others call it insane.
E:60 takes viewers into the water with some of the country's best hand fisherman and takes a rare look at a sport that has just as much to do with culture as it does the thrill. Noodling is illegal in most of the United States, but E:60's Wright Thompson reports the outlaws always find a way to get in the water.