'Bare Knuckle Babe' Hauls in 72-Pound Catfish, One-Handed
Bare Knuckle Babe Lucy Millsap became the first woman to win the annual Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
The 19-year-old former cheerleader from Texas, who has been noodling since she was 5 years old, beat out over 200 other contestants by catching a 72-pound catfish with her bare hands.
Bare Knuckle Babes is an all-woman noodling club. Millsap is a member, but both men and women were bested in her first ever competition.
Noodling, which is illegal in all but 11 southern states, is a form of fishing in which fishermen use their fingers as bait to catch giant catfish by sticking their bare hands down the animals throat.
Sound dangerous? It is.
Losing a finger or two to a catfish is an obvious risk, but old-time noodlers also tell stories of people being drowned by a strong catfish fighting for its life.
For noodlers, these dangers only add to the allure of the sport. Millsap told Tulsa World that the winning fish gave her a bit of a fight. It "rolled like an alligator," she said, and injured her hand.
“I'm standing up for women, and you don't think we can do it? Well, here you go, I just did."
The real question is, how long before Bare Knuckle Babes has its own reality TV show?