Watch the “Bare Knuckle Babes” Snag Gigantic Catfish With Their Bare Hands
The Bare Knuckle Babes have been in the news a bit recently—in addition to the Good Morning America clip above, they were also featured on CNN—and it’s easy to see why. The group of young women excels at “noodling,” or the catching of catfish with one’s bare hands. The sport is dangerous and banned in many places, though the illegality is attributable more to catfish population depletion than to the perils encountered by attractive female participants.
The Bare Knuckle Babe who has received the most notoriety is 19-year-old Quinlan, Texas native Lucy Millsap, who in June won the 200-contestant Okie Noodling Festival by yanking out a 72-pound catfish, the biggest catch in the tournament’s 14-year history.
According to The Oklahoman, Millsap began noodling when she was five years old (when it was still illegal in Texas), refused to enter the women’s competition (“I want to beat the men”), and has been to the emergency room “a number of times”.