For many, fishing is the ultimate relaxation. Sometimes it's not even about catching fish. It's just you and the calm soothing water out there.
But that's not how Skipper Bivins feels. He's the host of the new Animal Planet series, "Hillbilly Handfishin'," which premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT Sunday.
Each episode, Bivins and co-host Trent Jackson bring six city slickers down to the Oklahoma creeks to try their hands at handfishing, which is catching catfish with nothing but your hand as bait.
Handfishing, or "noodling" according to Bivins, is part of a trend toward embracing low-tech approaches to hunting and fishing.
In the first episode, Bivins is joined by two Boston women, a brother and sister from California and Anthony Sabella and Dan Goetz, two Chicago police officers.
For a week in May, the group went noodling, but came up empty-handed at first. Catfish are very protective parents and nest in abandoned beaver holes to lay their eggs, so the trick to handfishing is pretty basic: Reach your limbs into the holes and hope for the catfish to chomp down on them.
"It's like if someone was trying to get in your house, you're going to keep them out," Goetz told the Chicago Sun-Times. "So you stick your hand in there and they'll bite down on you, and you have to pull them out."
As the week went on, the group found more success, or maybe their methods got a little more intense.
Sabella's first snag came after he dunked his entire head into the muddy creek to cram his arm into a beaver hole, where a 20-pound catfish was waiting to bite.
"It's almost like skydiving with the sensory overload," Sabella told the Sun-Times. "So much stuff is going on, but you can't even worry about it until this is done."
This isn't the type of fishing you do on your day off.