Carp Fishing, The International Pursuit – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


(plane engines)>>JASON JOHONNESSON IS AT DFW AIRPORT, TO PICK UP SOME INTERNATIONAL VISITORS.>>THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY, DENMARK. TRAVELING THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY TO CATCH FISH IS NOT AT ALL ODD TO THEM.>>HELLO, HELLO.>>THAT’S WHAT THEY DO.>>HELLO, JASON, HOW ARE YOU?>>GOOD. WELCOME TO TEXAS.>>ISN’T IT LOVELY OUT HERE? ISN’T IT?>>MIKE AND JOANNNE HAVE ARRIVED FROM ENGLAND FOR ONE REASON… THEY’VE COME TO TEXAS TO CATCH FISH.>>WE WOULD LIKE TWO TICKETS, UM, FISHING PERMITS, FISHING LICENSE IT WOULD BE.>>OVER THERE AT THE COUNTER.>>AT THE COUNTER. THAT’S ME, YES. IT’S A FRESHWATER, OBVIOUSLY NON-RESIDENT. (typing) (license printing)>>RIGHTY-O. GREAT, THANK YOU!>>YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SPINNER BAITS?>>YEAH, SORT OF THING, YES. AMAZING, ISN’T IT?>>AFTER A BIT OF LOOKING AROUND…>>LOOKS LIKE ONE, DOESN’T IT? IS THAT A BUFFALO?>>OH IT’S BEAUTIFUL.>>…THEY’RE SOON OFF… …TO THE LEGENDARY LAKE FORK.>>PEOPLE KNOW OF LAKE FORK AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIERE BASS FISHERIES…>>STUNNING VIEW, LOOK AT THAT!>>…AND RIGHTFULLY SO.>>BUT JASON’S CLIENTS DON’T COME HERE FOR BASS. MIKE AND JOANNE CATCH THESE.>>LOVELY LOOKING CARP.>>FISHING FOR CARP IS STILL FAIRLY NEW IN AMERICA, AND STILL PUZZLING TO SOME OF THE LOCALS.>>WELL IT SEEMS A LITTLE ODD TO US TEXANS.>>I’M NOT FROM EUROPE. (laughs)>>AROUND HERE THEY’RE A TRASH FISH, BUT I UNDERSTAND CARP FISHING’S VERY BIG IN EUROPE.>>IF JASON’S NEW GUIDE SERVICE IS ANY INDICATION…>>I THINK YOU’LL ENJOY IT.>>…SOME INTEREST IS BEGINNING TO CROSS THE POND.>>I AM ALREADY I THINK. (wind)>>BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN, THE WEEK-LONG SESSION OF FISHING HAS BEGUN.>>ALL OVER EUROPE, PRIMARILY THEY GO AFTER CARP.>>IF YOU’RE A CARP FISHERMAN YOU NEED A BIT MORE TIME. YOU NEED TO RELAX AND ENJOY IT, YOU KNOW? (tea kettle whistles)>>LONG SESSION ANGLERS BASICALLY SET UP CAMP AND LIVE THERE FOR AWHILE. (casting)>>RIGHT, ONE MORE TO DO.>>IT’S FISHING 24/7.>>READY TO GO. (alarm beeps)>>GET YOUR RODS ALL SET UP, GET YOUR ALARMS SET UP BECAUSE SOMETIMES, OBVIOUSLY YOU COULD GET A RUN AT 3, 4:00 IN THE MORNING. (alarm sounds) (reeling)>>IT’S BIG!>>IN THE WEE HOURS, JOANNE’S ALARM SIGNALS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT CATCH.>>OH, IT’S A COMMON.>>IT’S A COMMON CARP – AN ASIAN FISH FOUND ACROSS EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA.>>GOOD START, ISN’T IT? (scale tipping) NOT BAD AT ALL.>>THOUGH JOANNE AND MIKE ARE HAPPY TO CATCH IT….>>YOU OKAY?>>…AND THEY’RE SURE TO KEEP A FEW PHOTOS…>>THAT’S IT.>>…THESE VISITORS HAVE ACTUALLY COME TO TEXAS TO CATCH A WHOLE DIFFERENT ANIMAL.>>LOOK AT THAT, BEAUTIFUL!>>HOPEFULLY TONIGHT WE’LL GET A BUFFALO. (buffalo snort)>>NO, NOT THAT KIND… …THIS KIND – A SMALLMOUTH BUFFALO – IT RESEMBLES A CARP BUT IS ACTUALLY A MEMBER OF THE SUCKER FAMILY.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT BUFFALO IS A TYPE OF CARP AND IT’S ACTUALLY NOT RELATED. UH, CARP WERE INTRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1870 OR SO. BUFFALO IS A NATIVE SPECIES, AND BUFFALO GET REALLY BIG HERE. THEY’VE BEEN CAPTURED OVER 100 POUNDS.>>IT WAS IN AUSTIN IN 2008 THAT JASON CAUGHT A 70 POUND BUFFALO.>>IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY.>>SO THE CALL OF THE BUFFALO HAS DRAWN JASON AND A CLIENT FROM GERMANY BACK TO LAKE AUSTIN’S EMMA LONG PARK.>>I SAW A PICTURE IN THE INTERNET FROM JASON WITH A 70 POUND BUFFALO CARP, AND I THOUGHT I HAVE TO CATCH THOSE FISH.>>FLORIAN IS A WELL-KNOWN AND WELL-RESPECTED FISHING JOURNALIST IN GERMANY. HE’S BEEN HERE TO FISH FOR ALLIGATOR GAR AS WELL.>>NOBODY FROM GERMANY EVER CAUGHT AN ALLIGATOR GAR, SO I PUT IT INTO MAGAZINES AND UH MANY PEOPLE SAID, “WHOA, WHAT IS THIS? WHAT A FISH!” AND NOW IT’S THE SAME WITH BUFFALO. (camera clicks)>>OKAY, JUST A SECOND.>>AFTER THEIR FIRST FULL DAY OF FISHING, NEIGHBORING CAMPERS HAVE CAUGHT BUFFALO, BUT FLORIAN AND JASON HAVE NOT.>>ANY MORE BITES OR ANYTHING?>>NO, NOTHING.>>JASON IS KEENLY AWARE HOW FAR HIS CLIENT HAS TRAVELED TO CATCH THESE FISH.>>YEAH, ALWAYS A LOT OF PRESSURE.>>THEY REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS TO DRAW THEM IN. (casting line)>>YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN B AND A PLAN C AND SOMETIMES A PLAN D. SOMETIMES BEING MOBILE AND MOVING QUICKLY IS THE KEY TO CATCHING BUFFALO.>>EVENTUALLY JASON AND FLORIAN DECIDE TO MOVE THEIR WHOLE CAMP YARDS DOWN THE BANK.>>NEW PLACE, HOPEFULLY BETTER LUCK.>>THEIR NEIGHBORS HAVE ENJOYED MUCH MORE SUCCESS, USING THE SAME BAITS.>>NICE! (cameras clicking) (alarm beeping)>>WITHIN MINUTES…>>HE’S GOT A FISH!>>…THEIR NEW LOCATION PAYS OFF.>>THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG. YEAH, LET ME GET THE NET.>>YEA! THAT’S FISHING. YOU NEVER KNOW. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. I’VE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD AND I’VE CAUGHT SOME VERY, VERY NICE AND BIG FISH. (fish splashes into net)>>WHEN HE CATCHES ONE OVER 40 POUNDS, THEN I’LL FEEL SOME RELIEF!>>WE DON’T HAVE BUFFALOS IN EUROPE, SO IT IS A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE. (fish splashes)>>THEY’RE MAGNIFICENT FISH.>>WORD IS SPREADING THAT WORLD-CLASS BUFFALO AND CARP FISHING CAN BE FOUND ON LAKE AUSTIN, AND IN THE MIDDLE OF AUSTIN ON LADYBIRD LAKE. JUST ASK THE BATES BROTHERS.>>THIS IS ONE OF THE THREE BEST CARP FISHING WATERS IN THE WHOLE OF AMERICA.>>THEY ARE COMPETING WITH 16 OTHER TEAMS IN AN ANNUAL CARP FISHING TOURNAMENT. (water splash)>>THIS IS THE EIGHTH ANNUAL CARP ANGLERS GROUP AUSTIN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. TOTAL TEAM WEIGHT TAKES FIRST PRIZE.>>THAT’S AWESOME. 43 POUNDS, 12 OUNCES.>>K.C. CRAWFORD JUST BOOSTED HIS TEAM’S STANDING BY CATCHING A NEW STATE RECORD CARP. (laughs)>>PEOPLE RIDE AROUND THIS, RUN AROUND IT, ROW IN THIS LAKE ALL THE TIME, AND NEVER HAVE ANY IDEA THAT THERE’S SOMETHING THAT BIG UNDER THERE. I CAUGHT THAT ONE 10 FOOT OFF THE BANK, SO YOUR DOG MIGHT HAVE BEEN SWIMMING NEXT TO IT. BIGGER THAN YOUR DOG! (laughs) (slap)>>HE SLAPPED THE -BLEEP- OUT OF ME. I GUESS I DESERVE IT, I DID HAVE A HOOK IN HIS MOUTH.>>THIS IS A BIG FELLA.>>EDMEN FLORES HAS GONE CARP FISHING WITH HIS DAD FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE.>>GOOD ONE. WHEN I WAS, LIKE, FIVE, WE GOT INTO A CARP TOURNAMENT JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT. (grunts)>>TODAY, THAT’S HIS SECOND BUFFALO. A BEAUTIFUL 35 POUND BUFF.>>BRINGING IN SOMETHING THAT BIG IS A MIRACLE. MY FRIEND, HE THINKS A 12 POUND FISH IS BIG. WE REALLY NEED TO TAKE HIM FISHING.>>WE’VE GOT TO GET THAT ONE STILL. OH YOU TAKE YOUR REEL OFF, HUH? WE’VE BEEN LUCKY TODAY, WE’VE CAUGHT ABOUT FIVE RIGHT HERE. THE FISHING WAS VERY GOOD.>>AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE ANGLERS MEET TO SHARE DINNER…>>WE MISSING ANYBODY?>>…STORIES…>>THAT IS A HUGE FISH!>>…AND A FEW AWARDS.>>THE BATES BROTHERS WITH 550.69 POUNDS. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR A.T.C. VICTORY. (applause)>>WE REALLY NEVER KNEW UNTIL RIGHT NOW. WE’VE HAD A SECOND, A THIRD, AND A FOURTH IN THE OTHER THREE YEARS, BUT UM, FIRST IS MUCH NICER. WE NEVER GOT ONE OF THESE FOR COMING IN SECOND. (counting money)>>THOSE WHO CAUGHT THE BIGGEST FISH EVEN GO HOME WITH A LITTLE EXTRA CASH. INCLUDING EDMEN FLORES, WHO WINS THE PRIZE FOR THE LARGEST BUFFALO.>>CONGRATULATIONS. GO BUY A NINTENDO. (laughs)>>IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING, FLORIAN NEVER DID CATCH A 70 POUND BUFFALO, BUT HE DID GO BACK TO GERMANY WITH PLENTY OF STORIES.>>IT’S BEEN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.>>MIKE AND JOANNE RETURNED TO ENGLAND HAPPY AS WELL.>>WE JUST LOVE TO TRAVEL FOR THE CARP TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. AND SOMETIMES WE DO MORE CAMPING THAN CATCHING. (laughs)>>THIS TRIP, LIKE ALL THE BEST ONES, HAD BOTH.>>YEA!>>THAT’S IT. PERFECT. (laughs) (splashing)>>YOU’RE ALWAYS SO CLOSE TO NATURE, IT’S JUST LOVELY TO BE OUTSIDE. GORGEOUS ISN’T IT? THAT’S A NICE PICTURE. (camera shutter)>>YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR ANY BETTER.>>IT’S DEFINITELY WORTHWHILE.>>FIRST TIME IN TEXAS. I THINK WE’LL BE COMING BACK. (splashing)>>BEAUTIFUL! (music)

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