I snagged an Alligator Snapping Turtle with a Vu-Du shrimp between White City and the mouth of Lake Wimico last Friday. It weighed in excess of 50 ponds and was really big. I though it was a log and was hand lining it in on 20 pound braid when it surfaced next to the boat opened its mouth and hissed at me. Head about the size of a volley ball. I had read about turtle poaching and their being sold for food and didn't know if it would be legal to keep. It was snagged in a front flipper just under the skin and I was sure I wasn't going to reach down and try to unhook it. After a brief discussion with my fishing partner we decided to try to jerk the hook out and if that didn't work to cut the line as close to hook as possible. Luckily the hook pulled out with a light jerk and our prehistoric looking monster was on its way. Turns out they are protected and most often caught on trot lines and bush hooks. They get to be over 200 pounds. I had no idea that turtles that big are indigenous to the panhandle. They are mostly nocturnal and spend 99.5% of their life in the water. I've been fishing in Florida for over 65 years and it was the first one I've ever seen. Turned out to be the only thing we caught that day.