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Okie Noodling

by Bryan Terry and Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm •  Published: July 12, 2009
Marion Kincaid of Peru, Kansas, unloads a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Marion Kincaid of Peru, Kansas, unloads a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Bryan Terry went yesterday to the weigh-in of the Okie Noodling Tournament, where people catch flathead catfish with only their bare hands, in Pauls Valley, Okla. Men with bloody knuckles heaving flatheads can make for some images you don’t see every day. Bryan said the event was saturated with professional photographers and video crews. No doubt some of this popularity is due to the “Okie Noodling” series of documentaries about this unique tournament. Here’s some pictures from the weigh-in.

Jon Bridges of Bartlesville, Okla.,  brings in a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Jon Bridges of Bartlesville, Okla., brings in a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Lee McFarlin of Stillwater, Okla., demonstrates noodling during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Lee McFarlin of Stillwater, Okla., demonstrates noodling during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans watch as a catfish is brought in during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans watch as a catfish is brought in during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Marion Kincaid of Peru, Kansas unloads a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Marion Kincaid of Peru, Kansas unloads a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A catfish is unloaded before being weighed during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A catfish is unloaded before being weighed during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans watch catfish swim in tanks after their during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans watch catfish swim in tanks after their during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Jon Bridges of Bartlesville, Okla., brings in a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Jon Bridges of Bartlesville, Okla., brings in a catfish during the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley, Okla., Saturday, July 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

-Nate Billings

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by Bryan Terry
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Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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