NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The filming of a television reality show for anglers was kept as much a secret as possible this week in Nacogdoches County.
As production wraps up, producers and tourist officials are becoming a bit more forthright on what's going on. East Texas News found out why efforts were made to keep everything so low key.
Just like you have to be quiet while fishing, producers have to be quiet about filming a television series about fishing.
"It's been top secret," said Bailey McBride, a spokesperson for Major League Fishing.
It's all necessary to accommodate the televised production of Major League Fishing.
Producers film 12 of the top anglers in the country, including Bassmaster Classic champions. Even the pros don't know where they'll wet a hook until the day of shooting
"Our anglers have a no-information rule, so they're not allowed to research the area. They get a paper map the morning of and then they get a chip that goes into their electronics and their boat the morning of," McBride said.
The filming has also been kept under wraps so fans of pro anglers don't interfere with production.
Yet curiosity peaked when the west boat ramp at Lake Nacogdoches was closed for over a week, a TV stage was set up, and a parking lot of high-dollar bass boats show up.
"There have been a lot of people out on the lake and we're obviously so thankful for the fans and the people that want to follow our anglers, but also we want to definitely give them the space they need to have the best show they can," McBride said.
The angler's names won't be revealed until the series runs this summer for six consecutive weeks on a major network. Tourist officials are anticipating a big catch.
"We will see an increase in fishing," said Joanna Temple with the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau We will see an increase in tourism which will impact us financially."
Major League Fishing says the fish are biting, and anglers are catching record size bass. The fishing holes remain a secret.
Tomorrow a meet and greet with boat company reps will happen at Clear Springs Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It will consist of giveaways- and a question/answer session. However, Pro anglers will not be present.