The whole point of River Monsters — one of the highest-rated shows on Animal Planet — is to show what evil can lurk in some of the world’s most dark and mysterious waterways. But it also focuses light on what makes river fishing so exciting for many thrill-seeking anglers.
On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the executive producer of River Monsters will talk about the dangerous practice of noodling, a type of fishing that involves reaching one’s hand into holes where catfish lay their eggs. The goal is to nab the little bugger — but sometimes, a tug-of-war may ensue.
“You stick your arm out and you grab this, you know, giant catfish by its jaw and haul it out,” Lisa Lucas tells me. “They clamp down and they’ve got these rough sandpaper type teeth that can really do a number on your arm. Some of them do that death roll kind of thing that gators will do and you could bust an arm doing it—not to mention you know, your whole body. It’s pretty crazy.
“It’s a rush for some people,” Lucas continues. “It’s a big competition for some people, the noodlers who’ve been doing it for generations.”
For more about River Monsters, tune into Inside TV on EW Radio tonight at 8 EST, 5 PT at Sirius XM 105.