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Anyone noticed that the alligators are a little too friendly this year.

I fish in and around the Everglades at the Alley etc and have experienced way too many "friendly" alligators this year.
Even to the point where a couple have nudged the boat.

Ann on some cases there have been so many that it has interrupted fishing as they are chasing everything that splashes.

I know it's mating season but this year just seems different.

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  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 10,176 Moderator
    Low water has condensed them.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • got1ongot1on Posts: 73 Greenhorn
    Remember, you are fishing on their turf.:grin
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,546 Captain
    Time to start culling the herd.
  • Garage DogGarage Dog Posts: 157 Deckhand
    I started a thread about this very thing on another forum about a month ago. There everywhere around here. Had to stop fishing this morning in my back yard because after about a dozen or so cast with a top water one came swimming up and I didn't' feel like loosing a lure so I just stopped. It seems the top water draw them in more then a worm or crank bait. I bass fish from shore so I keep a sharp eye out whenever I anywhere near the water. I did happen to walk up in one a few weeks ago. It was hiding in the cat tails and I didn't't see it but it saw me and QUICKLY turned tail and took off into the cat tails. Scared the crap out of me...and by the way, this is a small lake in the middle of town near a park where people bring their dogs! They really are getting out of control around here.
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,424 Officer
    I had to nudge one with my paddle one day while in my kayak. It was swimming at me with it's mouth open.
  • BackyardAnglerBackyardAngler Posts: 356 Deckhand
    If theres that many it sounds like FWC needs to declare them double-endangered and close the season entirely, until the numbers bounce back.
  • davids8477davids8477 Posts: 213 Deckhand
    If theres that many it sounds like FWC needs to declare them double-endangered and close the season entirely, until the numbers bounce back.

    HUH?
  • Ron@.38 Special[email protected] Special Posts: 6,934 Admiral
    We do a lot of diving operations in the Everglades. You can always tell when an area needs to be opened for a gator hunt! And the second easiest thing to tell is when humans have been feeding gators. Those are the ones we worry about,
  • davids8477davids8477 Posts: 213 Deckhand
    We do a lot of diving operations in the Everglades. You can always tell when an area needs to be opened for a gator hunt! And the second easiest thing to tell is when humans have been feeding gators. Those are the ones we worry about,
    Yes I am concerned that someone has been feeding them. Noticed a few commercial airboats give tourists a tour. Wonder if they feed them to give the clients a good viewing?
  • GotBass?GotBass? Posts: 202 Deckhand
    To bad "Stand your ground law" can't pertain to them too. :machinegun
  • DavemDavem Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    I've often wondered about gators bothering guys in kayaks.
  • tunamantunaman Posts: 3,767 Captain
    If theres that many it sounds like FWC needs to declare them double-endangered and close the season entirely, until the numbers bounce back.

    Please don't, this would seem logical to FWC..
  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Captain
    While I was fishin a few weeks ago. I had 4 gators trail me (5 to 8 footers) all 4 followed me around the lake. They trailed more than a mile around the lake.

    3 came completely 0ut of the water to try an get my fish

    Finally I decided it wasn't worth the risk. I walked back around the Lake.
    I made the famous 1 Last cast. Caught a small bass, tossed it back into the water.
    when a 10 footer exploded out of the water.
    I never saw the 10ft gator. It happened so fast it took me 1.1 seconds to process what was going on.
    I ran up the bank.
    The gator jus kept coming it ran after me a good 50ft
    I've bass fished in Florida for 38 years.
    I've had gators follow me before. A gator that swims to you has lost it's natural fear of humans.
    (I jus leave the area)
    this was a Residential lake I called FWC Who called a trapper
    They got 3 of 4 gators the trapper came back 3 times but couldn't find the 10ft gator

    this is the 8 footer he caught
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  • BackyardAnglerBackyardAngler Posts: 356 Deckhand
    HOLY SMOKES. Wonder how man dog collars that critter has in his belly.
  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Captain
    this was right behind several house where I see 6-9yo children playing

    from my experience it seemed like those gators had been fed I could be wrong

    They were relocated

    to a 250qt Yeti after processing an legal paper work :rotflmao
    HOLY SMOKES. Wonder how man dog collars that critter has in his belly.
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  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,546 Captain
    Austins26 wrote: »

    They were relocated

    to a 250qt Yeti after processing an legal paper work :rotflmao

    Good is what I say.
  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Captain
    I was sad to find this yesterday
    I couldn't tell if someone had intentionally Netted the gator
    Or if the gator got tangled up in the Net an drown
    I guess someone stuck the that stick in it's mouth
    It had been dead at least a few days
    I called FWC they weren't concerned
    Gator tail anyone it's fresh
    An stinky
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  • GotBass?GotBass? Posts: 202 Deckhand
    is that the 10 footer or another one?
  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Captain
    no this was a completely different lake

    this one was maybe 6ft

    the picture makes the gator look like it's alive

    It wasn't the blizzards started on it before I left
    GotBass? wrote: »
    is that the 10 footer or another one?
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  • gnappignappi Posts: 55 Deckhand
    davids8477 wrote: »
    HUH?

    Sounds like tongue-in-cheek to me?
    Regards,

    Gary
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