If last Sunday’s trip to Ross Barnett is any indication, the upcoming alligator season should be a good one. I didn’t even get up on plane coming out of Tommy’s before I had to stop and let a 6 footer cross the channel in front of me.
On the way into the next stop, I spooked another gator that must have been huge judging by the splash he made when he went under. Shortly after that, I threw my frog by a log, which promptly tried to eat it. As you can see from the picture, he was a pretty good sized one as well. Since he (at least I assumed it was a he) really wanted that frog, I was forced to move down the pad line before continuing with my fishing. I’ve had several gators hit my frog in the past and they tend to poke large holes in the bodies. Because I’d just taken this one out of the package and really like the condition it was in, I decided that he had more right to that area than I did and I moved on.
During the 4 hours I spent on the water, I counted 11 different alligators. I don’t know anything about hunting them (other than what I’ve learned watching Swamp People) and I surely don’t plan on trying. But for those of you lucky enough to have been drawn for this year’s hunt, it should be a good one. Thin them out a little for me, those hollow belly frogs aren’t as cheap as the used to be.
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