WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WWBT) - There's two words that Kelly Pratt uses to describe competing in next week's Bassmaster Classic - "It's the Super Bowl".
The Williamsburg native is one of 49 anglers who will be battling for the biggest prize in bass fishing, on the Red River in Louisiana.
Pratt hasn't always been a full-time angler, even though he admits to having dreamt of making it to the Bassmaster Classic since he was 16 years old. Pratt was a maintenance worker at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park until 2000. Then he experienced a tragedy that would change his life.
Pratt was in a car accident when a car pulled out in front of him. A friend that was in his car was killed. It was that day, that Pratt decided he would pursue his true dream, becoming a professional angler.
Pratt had moderate success in the 12 years since the accident, but his big break came last June, when he won the Northern Open on the James River. That victory guaranteed him a spot in the Classic.
Pratt knows a victory would change his life. The winner earns half a million dollars, and he believes that number could double with sponsorships.
It's been a long road for Pratt to reach the Classic, but he's headed to Louisiana to have fun, and see how he compares against some of the best fishermen in the world.