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  • Today we are on the Illinois River in Lacon.

  • - That's in America, Dan. - Oh, thanks.

  • What is the story with this river?

  • Well, in the '60s and '70s,

  • fish farmers thought it would be a good idea

  • to import Asian carp to eat all those unwanted plankton.

  • You know, plants, animals-- they're hungry boys.

  • Obviously, immediately escaped out into the river and trashed everything.

  • - Absolute nightmare. - Yeah.

  • And if you take a boat with a shiny bottom on this river,

  • apparently it startles the fish

  • and they just leap uncontrollably out of the water.

  • So we're gonna take our Phantom on a boat

  • and hopefully get some lovely slow-motion shots of flying fish.

  • You know they grow up to, like, a hundred pounds?

  • That's like you flying out of the river and damaging boats.

  • ( laughing ) I'm not a hundred pounds.

  • All right, well, let's go suit up and meet the captain.

  • - Shall we? All right. - Yep.

  • Oh!

  • ( music playing )

  • - Dan: How's it going? Captain Nate. - Nate: Good, good.

  • - How you guys doing? - Dan: Yeah, good.

  • First things first, though.

  • Anyone die doing this before? Anyone been killed by a fish?

  • Nate: Nobody's ever been killed. Just a few broken jaws,

  • broken noses, nothing too serious.

  • - What? - All right, let's go.

  • - Nice little day out on the boat. - Yeah, we'll see

  • if that's still the case when a fish knocks me out.

  • - So they are just in different spots? - Yeah.

  • And when you find a school, it's, like, crazy.

  • Yeah, once I get a school,

  • I like to circle around that school

  • and try to get 'em going as much as possible.

  • Rolling.

  • Whoa!

  • - Oh, I missed him. - I didn't see that one.

  • Gav: Yeah, yeah, whoa!

  • There was three or four there.

  • - Flippin'-A! - Oh! Oh!

  • - Fish! Gross! - Fish in the boat!

  • - Crap. - Get it.

  • - ( laughs ) - You're all right, pal.

  • What do you do?

  • ( laughs ) What?

  • - Just chuck him out? - Chuck him out.

  • - There he goes. - So they poop in midair.

  • They don't have stomachs, so they just filter food all day long.

  • So when they jump out of the water, they defecate all over you.

  • So they break your jaw and then poo on you for good measure.

  • So when they land in your boat, they just start bleeding,

  • pooping, sliming.

  • Ah, the poop, bleed, slime fish. They do everything.

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • To the left. That's it. That's it.

  • That's what I'm talking about.

  • - Bloody hell. - ( chuckles )

  • Whoa!

  • - Oh, no! It's gone. - Hold on.

  • Oh, there's craploads in there.

  • Whoa!

  • - God. - All right, stop.

  • Stop, stop. Jesus.

  • All right, let's watch that back.

  • Dan: Whoa!

  • That was crazy.

  • - Gav: Looks nice. - Dan: Yeah, it looks very nice.

  • Gav: Very cinematic. There's just a fish in the background there.

  • Not in water.

  • - Gav: That's a shot. - Dan: It looks fake.

  • That one's just right next to the camera.

  • - They're all trying to upstage each other. This one-- - Yeah.

  • Look at this one in the front. What a trollop. Look at that.

  • That's, like, ten feet in the air.

  • Serious hang time there.

  • Nice.

  • It's kind of majestic the way it was shot, as well.

  • You're getting it coming through the whole frame.

  • So we've been told that there's a channel marker over there on some rocks.

  • And if you take the boat around it,

  • that just fish will jump around.

  • So I'm gonna try and stand on the rocks,

  • and let's see if the fish will jump around me.

  • Nice and gentle. Love it.

  • Yeah. There we go.

  • - ( engine revving ) - Just say when.

  • - Ready, yeah. - All right.

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa!

  • Jesus!

  • All right, stop.

  • ( laughs )

  • Dan, we got, like, 15 fish in the air.

  • Whoa.

  • That was crazy.

  • Dan: For me that was weird, because there was nothing going on.

  • It was completely quiet. And then suddenly there was, like, 20 fish in the air.

  • I was just not expecting anything, and then suddenly I was scared for my life.

  • Gav: I was looking at you, and then they started coming to the left,

  • so I looked away from you. Sorry.

  • You're only in the beginning of the shot.

  • - But look at that. - Dan: Look how slow-- whoa!

  • Look how many! Jeez.

  • Gav: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,

  • eight, nine, ten, eleven.

  • Dan: I was actually scared for my life.

  • There was just fish flying everywhere.

  • Gav: They just keep coming.

  • Dan: I'm actually glad you weren't looking at me

  • 'cause I was cowering. Yeah.

  • Gav: All right, well, they seem to have dispersed.

  • Maybe we'll hit 'em up again a little bit later.

  • - Dan: All right. - All right, Dan, for this next part

  • you're gonna need this and this.

  • Oh, joy.

  • - All right. Let's see about this. - Go for it.

  • Oh, God. This is not the most stable thing in the world.

  • How are you supposed to sit on this?

  • Nate: Just like that with your legs hanging out front.

  • - There you go. - Dan: Whoa!

  • All right, turning the Phantom on, Dan.

  • - Okay. - What are your thoughts about this?

  • I'm kind of nervous and excited at the same time.

  • - You'll be fine. - Great, he says that.

  • Rolling.

  • Whoa! Flippin'-A!

  • This is one of the most mental things I've ever filmed.

  • Oh, God.

  • Whoa-ho!

  • ( grunts, groans )

  • ( laughs ) All right, stop. Stop.

  • He's gone in.

  • - ( laughs ) - Oh, my God.

  • Gav: At this point, it was chaos there.

  • There was like-- it was all coming up.

  • Look at you in the background of that.

  • - Is that the one that got you? - Dan: No.

  • Gav: That one is on a quest to the moon.

  • - Dan: I think he pooed on me. - He might've pooed.

  • - Oh, there he is! - There he is.

  • Dan: So this one came up from the right, I think.

  • Let's go full slow on this.

  • - Gav: Very cinematic, isn't it? - It is, yeah.

  • - Gav: And then suddenly-- - ( Dan laughs )

  • Dan: It's not even moving.

  • He's just, like, presenting himself.

  • - Here you go. - Gav: Why didn't you--

  • Dan: Why didn't I catch him?

  • If you think about my perspective, there was--

  • I couldn't see him. He came from the left.

  • He just landed on me.

  • Gav: You look like a fallen soldier.

  • You look like you've been gunned down in battle by fish.

  • Dan: In slow-mo, it looks so pathetic,

  • because it's, like, a fish landing on me.

  • But in real time, it absolutely annihilated me.

  • - Yeah? - It's a small fish,

  • - but it did some damage. - Yeah.

  • So what I've changed, we're now on a much tighter lens

  • 'cause you're gonna be trailing a little bit further back,

  • - and hopefully you get beaned. - ( Dan laughs )

  • If I get clocked by one of those, I might get knocked the clean out.

  • Well, let's see if it happens, shall we?

  • Oh, great, yeah.

  • - All right, we're good. - All right, here we go.

  • Oh!

  • Oh!

  • Whoa!

  • Whoa, whoa!

  • Oof! Jesus.

  • ( laughs ) All right, stop.

  • Whoa! Aah!

  • ( Dan chuckles ) That was really scary.

  • In the amount of time it took you to swim back to the boat,

  • I've watched it, like, three times,