Kaneohe fisherman angles for prize on "Top Hooker"

Kaneohe fisherman angles for prize on "Top Hooker"
Published: Jun. 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM HST
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Young Chris Wright
Young Chris Wright
Chris Wright
Chris Wright

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Chris Wright grew up fishing. But now he's hooked on something new that combines his love of angling with a fishing trip of a lifetime. He's competing on "Top Hooker," Animal Planet's new reality fishing show with the suggestive title.

"When they called me up to be on the show I was like, 'What the heck! There's no way. That's insane,'" he said.

Ten contestants compete for cash and a new truck. Wright was taken out of thousands of applicants because of his experience and energy.

"Every single fish that you catch you're so pumped," he said. "You catch a fish, you're like, 'Yeah!' You're so happy. That $30,000 and that $50,000 truck is getting closer and closer with every fish you catch."

The competitors are experts with rods and reels. The show stress tests their abilities from the get-go. Wright was stunned when the producer told them the rules for the first challenge.

"So what you guys are going to be doing today is catching fish with you only using your mouth, like you're a fish," he said.

Other situations in the series show them fishing while zooming down a zip-line and while peddling giant water cycles.

"I'm out there having fun. It's an adrenaline rush," Wright said.

He was hooked when he caught his first fish as a youngster. He said if he wins "Top Hooker" it's because he grew up Hawaii.

"We have lakes. We have bass fishing. We have the flats for bone fishing, deep sea marlin, tuna. There's every type of fishing," he said.

Wright lives in Kaneohe and has traveled the world fishing. You can follow his progress on "Top Hooker" Sunday nights on Animal Planet.

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