August 3, 2011

Animal Planet Premieres 'Hillbilly Handfishin'': Where Do I Sign Up?

I love that the Discover Channel -- and its sister networks like Animal Planet -- keep coming up with all of these shows about oddly specific and unusual niche careers. Collectively we'll call them Ice Swamp Log Hunters. They all focus on some blue collar career that falls under the category of, "It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it."

For me, the Ice Swamp Log Hunters shows all sorta run together into one jean short-wearing pool of murky river water, but Animal Planet's newest incarnation may be a must-add for my DVR queue. Behold the awesomeness that is Hillybilly Handfishin':

The premise is simple: Professional hillbillies (What? That's the name of the show!) Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson, give city-slickers a taste of the redneck lifestyle by leading them into muddy waters and teaching them to "noodle," a.k.a. blindly stick their delicious fingers into the murk and yank out giant catfish.

Check out this girl giving it a try, which could easily pass for an episode of I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant.

Don't worry, if you can't make it down to noodle on your own, Skipper has a guide to learn how to handfish on your own in 10 easy steps.

Hillbilly Handfishin' premieres on Sunday, August 7 at 10pm on Animal Planet. Anyone else going to tune in? Leave a comment!