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(WMC-TV) – It probably will not replace the national pastime, but it is a sport that is gaining interest. It is also probably best left as a spectator sport. But if all goes well for a group of guys from Mississippi, they could soon have a nationwide audience for their sport of snake grabbin'.
They are the Grab-U-One Outfitters. It is a group of men near Jackson, Mississippi who catch snakes with their bare hands.
"We took catfish grabbin' I guess you'd say, to another level," said Jimmie Nichols. "All of us were a little scared of sticking our hands in holes where you couldn't see what you were grabbing. Most of the snakes we grab, as you can see in the videos, you'll see them laying on a limb or you'll see their head sticking out of the water, whatever it may be."
It all started as a practical joke a few years back. Jimmie Nichols grabbed a non-poisonous snake and taunted a friend with it.
He posted the video online in 2008, and Action News Five uncovered it.
Since then, this group of guys have released several DVDs promoting their sport.
Brent Shorter is their videographer and producer. And after just one trip shooting video, he was out of the boat, grabbing snakes himself.
"The first thing is keep the camera out of the water," Shorter said. "When there's six of us out there in the water there's always a chance for mishaps. We've had pretty good luck catching snakes and no guys shy of the camera with us. We all want to be stars."
The Grab-U-One Outfitters say they know what kind of snakes they're grabbing and say you should not try this on your own.
They just released their 5th DVD and are hitting up Bass Pro Shops for publicity.
"It's one of our favorite stores," Nichols said. "We're all hunting, fishing type people. But Bass Pro is basically allowing us "to come into their store, giving us the opportunity to see what kind of attention we get there and hopefully with their support from the Pearl store, hopefully can maybe move it nationally with their chain."