As the tournament enters week two, five grabbling teams are feeling the pressure to find this week's $2,000 heaviest fish. Veteran noodler Scooter Bivens dives into murky lake waters with his new partner Nate, a rookie with a lot to learn. Deeper lakes are much more dangerous. If something goes wrong, the surface is a lot farther away. An all-too-real lesson Nate learns the hard way, after nearly drowning while diving a hole 15 feet under water.
In the American heartland, generations of fishermen have entered murky waters with one goal in mind, to catch a giant prehistoric catfish using only their bare hands. Now, NGC follows teams of these roughneck grabblers as they compete in a 10-week-long hand-fishin' competition in Oklahoma. At one of the most dangerous fishing holes in the region, the tough-as-nails Katt Daddy is literally hooked by a trotline, and his partner has to yank the metal snare out of his back.
Grabbling teams have the next 30 hours to nab the heaviest flathead catfish, keep it alive and get it onto the scale at Oklahoma's Okie Hand Fishing Invitational. After failing to win the first three tournaments, Lee Â"the LegendÂ" McFarlin whips out his secret recipe Â- a seasoning mixture he smothers on his own hands. After Scooter's secret fishing hole is compromised, he risks fishing in the dead of night to wrestle up what may be the biggest fish he's ever caught.
Enter a 10-week-long battle for cash and honor as fishing legends face off in the ultimate hand-fishing competition. Rivals will stop at nothing to win. Katt Daddy isn't a guy to back down from a fight, but having a gun pulled on him sends him running. However, he goes back to the hole during the dead of night to a fish. This week, Scooter Bivins hits up a territory that has been passed down for generations. Lee Â"the legendÂ" McFarland has a setback when his partner must go home for a sick kid.
It's week six of the competition and everyone is gunning to break Scooter's winning streak. Scooter knows his rivals are after him, so secrecy is more important than ever. Teddy is determined to make his mark on the hand-fishin' world but when he comes up with only dead fish, he realizes there's a cannibal on the loose and the Young Guns jump into action to track it down! But that means more danger than usual. With tricks up their sleeve, will the Mudcats end Scooter's winning streak?
Sabotage is the name of the game in week seven of the 10-week competition. With Scooter's loss, he heads out early to a familiar spot to see if it'll pay off. But when Teddy shows up to the same spot, both men agree to a bet to settle the conflict. Betting against Scooter is a dangerous move, and the Young Guns are suspicious. With even more on the line than the normal $2,000 prize, both Scooter and Teddy are forced to take risks and eager to come up the winner.
As the weather heats up, big fish are getting harder to find. To keep his lead, Marion braves the dangerous Dead Man's Cove. The Young Guns are feeling the heat and go their separate ways, either doubling their chances or ruining the odds. Kat Daddy heads to one of his favorite cooler spots hoping the lower temperatures will deliver. Scooter's boat trailer is out of commission this week so deep-water fishing is impossible. In this heat, Bivins knows that chances are slim in shallow waters.
In the final week of competition, the five grabbling teams must dive into the murky waters to catch the biggest and meanest catfish that Oklahoma has ever seen, using only their bare hands. With $10,000 at stake, underwater cameras capture the epic battle of a man against a fish, as Marion Kincaid and his buddy Mark fight a monstrous fish in their attempts to beat their previous 62-lb fish record.