The Okie Noodling Tournament is a great event for the whole family, featuring food and beer vendors, live music, a kids' noodling clinic, a catfish cook-off and kids' catfish-eating contest. Check out this big catfish snagged at the Red River Noodling Shootout in Durant earlier this month. Noodlers pay their entry fees before the deadline prior to the tournament, and start noodling at the start time. According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Jayson Spencer was … Witness as huge live flathead catfish are brought in to compete for bragging rights and prizes in categories including big fish, top female and 18 and under. It is a one of a kind and has grown to the Worlds largest hand-fishing tournament. Okie Noodling is a tournament that started 20 years ago at Bob’s Pig Shop. Noodling is legal in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. KONAWA, Okla. – Two men set a new Oklahoma lake record after noodling a nearly 90-pound catfish recently!