Took a first timer.............not bad..................

bswivbswiv Posts: 6,818 Admiral
Made a trip to the lake this morning with the wife, daughter and her boy friend ( His first time on a gator hunt. ). Caught this guy ( 11' 8" ). Kind of odd in that we heard them bellowing just like in the spring and then this guys swims out all bowed up a few hundred yards away.

Got lucky in that he was in some THICK stuff when he went down and.....but he settled instead of swimming off as they usually do. Gently set a big hook in him and slowly raised him to the surface, rod in one hand and harpoon in the other. Soon as he came into sight hurled the harpoon and from there it got wild as he was green. Pulled the boat all over for a while before we could get another harpoon in him.

Where we got lucky was in that if he had bolted when the hook was the only thing in him we'd of lost him.

And yes the boyfriend was PUMPED, shaking like crazy. In fact mention was made that "golf is NEVER this exciting!".



  • fishknutfishknut Posts: 3,925 Captain
    very cool...
    Fail to plan, plan to fail.......
  • cuda141cuda141 Posts: 616 Officer
    That is awesome!!! Funny you mention possibly breaking him off hook and line, I took my daughter and her boyfriend a few weeks ago, also his first trip ever, first time on an airboat too, hooked a nice one up and before I could get another hook in him or harpoon, POW, broke him off :banghead Congrats, Great Job Y'all.
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  • FLherritageFLherritage Posts: 213 Deckhand
    you always harvest big gators, more than anyone i know. nice work.
  • mrbillmrbill Posts: 1,173 Officer
    heck yea nice one
  • DONY 1DONY 1 Posts: 557 Officer
    Nice job. I'm having a hard time finding anything 10' and up and it's a regular day for you. Congrats!
    Don't cost nuttin to be nice
  • Gone_FishingGone_Fishing Posts: 1,184 Officer
    bswiv wrote: »
    And yes the boyfriend was PUMPED, shaking like crazy. In fact mention was made that "golf is NEVER this exciting!".

    If they let us gator hunt the golf courses, golf would be pretty exciting.
  • BowtechGen3BowtechGen3 Altoona, FlPosts: 774 Officer
    Congrats on Another Great Gator!!
    Director - Central Florida Dog Hunters & Sportsmans Association

  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,810 Moderator

    Think I have a big one lined up... He was there about a month ago anyway and it's an area near about impossible to get to without trespassing. Good news is owner is who saw him and wantsaid I could take him out. Going to try bait.

    This time of year... Big ones pretty much stay in same area don't they?
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"

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