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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 21:52

Okie Noodling Festival Winner Lucy Millsap

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We at Shotem and Caughtem have had the opportunity to try noodling.  We can only say it is a humbling experience to say the least.  Nothing is more un-nerving than swimming down in merky water that limits your vision down to inches and then sticking your hand in a hole where you know you are probably going to get bitten.  So when we heard that the Champion of the annual Okie Noodling Festival was a 19 year old girl we thought it was note worthy.

Lucy Millsap, 19, of Quinlan, Texas, took first place Saturday at the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley with her 72-pound flathead catfish. She was among 200 hand fishermen who competed for the prize.  Contestants had 24 hours to catch a catfish with their hands and bring it back alive to Wacker Park in Pauls Valley by the 6 p.m. Saturday weigh-in.  While the crowd waited for noodling teams to arrive, kids feasted on catfish in an eating contest.  What began as a film promotion experiment with a crowd of 500 has turned into an annual summer festival that draws about 10,000 people from across the country.  

Lucy also happens to be a part of an all woman Noodling group called Bare Knuckle Babes.  What seems to be becoming a trend, like the queens of camo, these women are hand-picked, fearless, beautiful women who want to bring world-wide notice to the sport of Catfish Noodling, fishing, and hunting as well as the WOMEN involved!  These ladies want to inspire other women and girls to join exhilarating outdoor sports.  If you want to learn more about the group visit www.bareknucklebabes.com 

We hope if you have ever experienced noodling that you might share your stories in the comment section below or share to one of the galleries.