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Okie Noodling Tournament is 14-years-old
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 15, 2013
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/articleid/3852464/1/pictures/2133544">Photo - Mike Williams with Ringling, schools  shoots trap during the Oklahoma Wildlife Department's Scholastic Shooting Program at the OKC Gun Club in Oklahoma City, Thursday June 11, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Mike Williams with Ringling, schools shoots trap during the Oklahoma Wildlife Department's Scholastic Shooting Program at the OKC Gun Club in Oklahoma City, Thursday June 11, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

“We have a finite number of fishery biologists that can safely handle and weigh these fish in,” he said. “With everyone weighing in three (flatheads), it taxes out our guys and resources.”

Allowing only one fish also will make it easier to get the flatheads in the holding tanks more quickly, he said.

Thousands of people show up at Wacker Park to gawk at the monster flatheads and attend the party.

The Okie Noodling Tournament still attracts worldwide media attention. Every year, Beesley gets requests from media outlets across the globe to follow and film an Oklahoma noodler on an adventure.

“I always get lots of media requests,” Beesley said. “I have received a lot of emails like I do every year from different folks and different countries.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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14th annual Okie Noodling Tournament

Where: Wacker Park in Pauls Valley

When: Saturday. Weigh-ins begin at 6 p.m.

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