ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its second season on 3/31/13; has yet to be renewed for a third season
DESCRIPTION: (from National Geographic Channel's press release, January 2013) Deep in the heart of America, an age-old tradition has given way to a fierce competition of brains, brawn and guts... Oklahoma's Okie Hand Fishing Invitational. For 10 weeks, teams hunt for colossal flathead catfish using only their bare hands. With bragging rights, a $2,000 weekly prize and a $10,000 grand prize on the line, it's an all-out battle to "bring home the bacon," or in this case, "fish." National Geographic Channel's (NGC) new series Mudcats, premiering Sunday, January 13, 2013, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, literally dives into the murky waters of hand fishing, or handfishin' as the locals might say. Defending Champion Scooter Bivins, his gritty nemesis Marion Kincaid, Young Gun Teddy Good and trash-talking Don "Katt Daddy" Brewer are determined to take care of unfinished business. But there is one new competitor on the water who could change everything-hand-fishing royalty Lee "The Legend" McFarlin has entered the fray. Following the five teams competing in the invitational, we'll see exactly what it takes to shove a hand down the throat of a prehistoric monster and wrestle it out of the water. NGC cameras both on land and underwater capture the thrill of the hunt as noodlers scour brush piles and rock formations with only their hands and feet, in the hopes of locating a catfish lair.