“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.”
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14th annual Okie Noodling Tournament
Where: Wacker Park in Pauls Valley
When: Saturday. Weigh-ins begin at 6 p.m.