It's the final week of the Invitational and the last chance to catch a mammoth beast. Only one team can claim the crown, the one with the highest cumulative weight.
With only two tournaments remaining in the Invitational, the pressure is on for the noodling teams. The crown is still in reach for the top three teams and while some can take the heat, others just burn.
With only three weeks left to prove who's best and one team already out, each of the mudcatters goes into week six with something to prove.
After sweeping the last four tournaments, Catfish King Marion is feeling confident but the other teams have out a target on his back and each of them are determined to take it all in week five.
This week's Invitational coincides with another mudcatting competition so the lakes and rivers of Oklahoma are over-flowing with hundreds of amateur contestants who have flocked to the Sooner State.
Week 3 begins with challenger Katt Daddy determined to dethrone his biggest rival, the currently undefeated Catfish King Marion and Katt Daddy will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
After coming out on top in week 1, Catfish King Marion enters week 2 nervous that this secret fishing hole has been found out.
In America's Heartland, six of Oklahoma's most respected hand fishing teams hit the water, braving hundred-degree plus heat and severe drought conditions--all in the hopes of bagging colossal flathead catfish.
Along Oklahoma's many rivers, a group of daring men practice a tradition dating back to early pioneer days: catching giant catfish with nothing more than their bare hands. Today, catfish "noodling" is a way to supplement incomes during the regulated catfish season. The colorful characters who practice it brave snakes, bugs, riptides and more, reaching into muddy waters, using their fingers as bait for giant fish that weigh up to 30 pounds. This series will celebrate this uniquely all American tradition, while showing the little known world of Mudcatters.
Mudcatting isn't the only thing Jerry takes pride in. He's also the fish fry chef in the Rider family when they host a party for their friends and family.
Teddy and Winston head over to the Bivins' ranch for a different kind of competition as they trade in their stringers and fish for some down-home barrel racing.
When Katt's not fighting for the catfish crown, he's defending another title. As the local arm-wrestling champion, he's at a fish fry with his family and friends eager to once again shut down the competition and continue his reign.
Jerry's 30 years of experience has dug up some strange new strategies, but will Andy be able to wiggle his way out of doing this one?
Thomas started hand-fishing as a means of survival but now it's his passion.
We find out who Marion gets his fight and spunk from as his family gathers for a fish fry to celebrate his grandma's 102nd birthday.
Katt's father gets out in the water with him as the two go head-to-head in mudcatting and smack talk.
Hand fishing for catfish is a way of life for the mudcatters of Oklahoma.
Scooter Bivins is a fourth-generation fisherman and the reigning champion of the 2010 Okie Tournament.
Don "Katt Daddy" Brewer is known as one of the most competitive hand-fishermen in Oklahoma and he will go to the extreme to catch a catfish.
Teddy learned to hand-fish from his grandfather when he was 3 years old, and he is dedicated to keeping that legacy alive.
Marion started hand-fishing over 35 years ago and, for him, it was love at first bite.
When fishing for mudcats, having an experienced partner on the lookout can be a lifesaver.
Explore what lurks below the lakes of Oklahoma and how it could kill the Mudcat fishermen.
Jerry has been hand-fishing for so long that he once thought he invented the technique.