A Tale of 2 Pros: Fishing the Bass Classic - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Uploaded by TexasParksWildlife on 12.10.2009

Transcript:
[music] Whoooo!!
This is the Super Bowl of bass fishing.
This is going to be a tournament
like you've never seen before.
Jersey boy in Texas right there!
THE TOYOTA TEXAS BASS CLASSIC,
160 OF THE BEST BASS PROS FISHING
FOR A MILLION DOLLAR PURSE.
-You gotta sign my shirt! -I'd be happy to.
THAT'S ALTON JONES, ONE OF THE FAVORITES.
I chose y'all for the team to win.
Did you really? Well I appreciate that.
Hi, how are ya'?
AND THIS IS DARRIN SCHWENKBECK,
A TOURNAMENT NEWCOMER.
-Pronounce your last name. -Schwenkbeck.
-Schvecko? -Schwenkbeck.
-Schvinkback? -Good enough, man.
Dude that is crazy, I love that name.
-It's Shorty. -Shorty? Ow! [laughter]
Nice to meet you.
THESE ARE 2 PROS AT DIFFERENT STAGES
IN THEIR CAREERS.
IT'S THE DAY BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT.
THE TOP PROS LIKE ALTON JONES...
All right y'all ready?
RUB SHOULDERS WITH EVENT SPONSORS AS PART OF A PRO-AM.
I'm gonna try and get through on this side of it,
I think there's an old pond in here?
DARRIN, MEANWHILE, GETS FAMILIAR WITH LAKE FORK.
We're going to get wedged on that one.
ALTON HAS HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE BEING FROM WACO.
AND IT TURNS OUT HE'S PRETTY GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO FISHING
TO PAY THE BILLS.
It's been a lot of fun. I've been fishing professionally now
since 1990.
I never dreamed when I was starting out
that some day I'd earn over $1 million bass fishing.
Now we just travel around all over the United States
and fish bass tournaments and it's pretty fun.
Well, I don't think that one counts does he?
ACROSS THE LAKE
DARRIN GETS MORE TIME TO PRACTICE.
Yeah, we just call it practice and a lot of people think
that's pretty funny to practice in fish,
'what do you mean, practice?' [laughs]
THIS IS DARRIN'S SECOND YEAR AS A PRO.
HE HASN'T FINISHED IN THE MONEY YET THIS YEAR.
AND THE CASH IS RUNNING OUT.
Without making those cuts and not getting paychecks
it's a tough road and there's some guys that may not survive
and that's where I stand.
And I'm going to have to get my act together
and start catching them in the next few
to keep on going.
IT DOESN'T BODE WELL, THEN, THAT THIS IS NEW,
UNTESTED WATER FOR DARRIN.
AND APPARENTLY THERE'S NEW UNKNOWN CRITTERS AS WELL.
That's a beaver.
I think, that's the big beaver over there,
that looks like a baby. Or is it?
Maybe it isn't a beaver. Look at the tail on it.
That's not a beaver. I don't know what it is.
[laughs] Pretty cool looking.
FORTUNATELY, AS FAR AS PRACTICE GOES...
See the big one over on the bed?
FINDING BASS ISN'T A MYSTERY.
There's one, there's one.
Yep, well, it ain't big but that's what it's all about,
just trying to locate 'em, so who knows,
maybe mom was around somewhere.
FOR THE CITIES AROUND THE LAKE
THIS TOURNAMENT MEANS MONEY,
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BROUGHT INTO THE BAIT SHOPS,
RESTAURANTS AND LODGES.
[answers phone] Good afternoon, Oak Ridge.
THE BASS CLASSIC IS BIG BUSINESS.
I love it, love it
AND, IT'S ALL THE BUZZ.
[announcer] Boat 7, ease you're way on through there, Boat 7.
Can't wait to see the weights. That's the main thing,
seeing what them big boys can actually do
with our little lake.
[boat traffic]
Boat 19. I got you, 1-9.
CLOUDY AND COLD CONDITIONS KICKED OFF DAY NUMBER 1.
Let's rock and roll. See y'all at 4:00 o'clock.
I'll start flipping that stuff then.
AT MOST TOURNAMENTS EACH PRO FISHES ON THEIR OWN.
HERE, THE ANGLERS ARE PAIRED UP.
I mean, any stump you see, ya know,
you just don't know which one he's going to be on.
[splash]
CAPTAIN JEFF KRIET GETS THE TEAM ON THE BOARD
WITH A 3-POUNDER.
AND DARRIN EVENTUALLY FOLLOWS WITH ANOTHER.
I was wondering why they weren't eating this thing,
I'm like, come on!
There she is!
AT THE SAME TIME, ALTON'S TEAM SEEMS TO HAVE NO PROBLEMS.
You know it's nice having 2 pros in the boat.
I can just concentrate on an outside line or an inside line,
and he can do the opposite and we can really
cover an area thoroughly and fish faster through it.
2.4
THIS IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND TOURNAMENT
AND CONSERVATION IS KEY.
HERE AT THE TOYOTA TEXAS BASS CLASSIC
THE FISH ARE CAUGHT, WEIGHED, AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RELEASED.
Instead of the anglers bringing large numbers of fish
to the scales and be weighed on stage,
what they're actually doing is weighing the fish in the boat.
- 5? - Yep.
So the fish are going to be cared for.
They're in perfect shape.
5 even. Thank you, fish.
FOR DARRIN AND JEFF, THE DAY HAS BEEN SLOW.
MIX 2 AMPED-UP ANGLERS AND SOME RAIN,
YOU GET A STRESSFUL SITUATION.
-I saw her. She flared up. -She's fixing to get it, dude.
-Get in there on her, dude. Get in front of her.
[raindrops]
You need to catch this fish.
Get you a [BEEP] real bait in there, dude, come on.
We ain't got time to [BEEP] with a sinko.
Get that son of [BEEP] there. I'd catch it in 5 flips.
AFTER DAY 1, ALTON'S TEAM IS IN FIRST PLACE.
What's up boys?
Well, we didn't match what y'all did
but we did what we wanted to do.
THIS TOURNAMENT IS A TEAM FORMAT.
THERE ARE 40 TEAMS, EACH MADE UP OF 4 ANGLERS.
...right before you get to that first boat house...
DARRIN AND HIS CREW ARE IN 35th PLACE,
54 POUNDS BEHIND THE LEADER.
Getting ready to pack our bags and head out of town here.
We still got some work to do but maybe we can
make some ground tomorrow and make some money.
FOLLOWING THE LAKE REGULATIONS, THE PROS CAN BRING IN
1 FISH OVER 24 INCHES.
AND THAT MAKES FOR SOME EXCITEMENT BACK AT THE DOCK
Give it up for another one over, Wow!
AND UP ON STAGE. [applause]
BUT THE HEALTH OF THE FISH IS TOP PRIORITY.
The anglers themselves will put the fish in these weigh bags
and the weigh bags will be used to transport the fish to
these large tanks that we have in the back
of these pickup trucks.
So once the fish gets in those tanks,
they're great for the transport to the stage.
Give it up, y'all, for another over right there!
[cheers]
Once we finish the weigh-in session,
we'll take the fish and monitor them and take them out
to the lake and restock them back into the water.
WHEN THE DAY IS DONE, ALTON AND DARRIN HAVE
QUITE DIFFERENT ACCOMMODATIONS.
THE JONES FAMILY TRAVELS TOGETHER IN THIS STYLISH RV...
-Did you get 'em? -I caught 2.
WHILE DARRIN CUTS COSTS BY BUNKING UP WITH ANOTHER PRO.
AND LET'S JUST SAY THIS BIRD'S NEST IS NOTHING.
We've been on the road now for 2 months
and it's just total chaos right now, disorganized,
I mean there's clothes... everything's just a mess.
AS FOR TOMORROW?
You stress out so bad about it...
BOTH COULD USE A BIG PAYDAY.
It's crazy to be out here and it's a small fortune,
it's the fastest way to go broke, you know.
I tell my friends that want to do it, no, you don't.
I don't want to see them lose their butts sorta like we have
or go through the stress and stuff
'cause it is, like, the most stressful thing I've ever done.
Welcome back to Lake Fork, Texas where the fish are big,
really big and we have seen that so far.
There oughta be some on these trees you'd think.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR DARRIN,
DAY #2 PROVES JUST AS FRUSTRATING AS DAY #1.
That looks like a fish right there...no it's just grass.
There she is, coming right on it right now.
You're right on her back right now.
Yeah, I'm gonna catch this fish.
Come on, eat the damn thing!
ACROSS THE LAKE IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR TEAM ALTON.
There she is! I got her.
You know it's funny how your demeanor changes
when you catch a couple of good ones and you realize,
hey, the plan we got is working.
You really start baring down and working and fishing hard
and concentrating on that next bass.
Yeah, good day.
[music]
[singer] They always dreamed about that 5 pound bass...
IN THE END, ALTON'S TEAM TOOK SECOND PLACE...
WHILE DARRIN FINISHED IN 22nd.
Yeah, it's a rough road, there's no doubt about it.
It starts to take its toll after several tournaments and
there's not a whole lot of security in it.
And without cashing checks, it's a tough road so...
[truck drives by]
Head to Augusta next and hopefully
putting things in high gear.