The alligator-fishing season is in the homestretch and many of the fishermen have already started working on other ways to make money. This episode was all about the multiple jobs of the characters on this show and how the Swamp allows them to feed their families all year long. It also showed the familial nature of the swamp and how everyone helps everyone else.
Joe and Tommy planned a long day of hunting 10 gators in the morning and then starting shrimping in the afternoon on the first day of shrimp season. They had to work fast in the morning if they were to have any time for the shrimp. Joe had to chase a few of the gators from land into the water, but he was able to do so safely. They got 4 quickly, but had to work for the next 4. A little after noon they tagged a big boy for the ninth of the day and then got lucky to hit an open water one right after. The long day paid off as the pair also had success on their shrimping boat. They hauled over 100 pounds of shrimp. They spent over 15 hours on the water, but they did not complain.
Liz and Kristi decided to fish gators on Kristi’s family cattle ranch because an aggressive gator had attacked a calf recently. The two ladies got on horses and set lines off the dock. They caught a small one and then saw a monster gator in the middle of the pond. They set some more bait and poured blood all over the dock to attract it. The dock trap did not work, but as the ladies approached another line they set up the bank, they found a monster 800lbs gator at the other end. Kristi was just able to pull the big guy u so Liz could get a good shot. The Alligator was so big and tangled in the marsh the ladies had to use a horse to pull him from the pond.
Junior Edwards and his partner Malcolm were on a mission to catch all the gators that has infested Malcolm’s catfish honey hole. Malcolm relies on catfish fishing for 30% of his yearly income and the unwanted gators destroy nets and make fishing for catfish dangerous. Junior was able to shoot a big gator sun bathing on the beach for a quick tag. Their first line had another big gator on it that splashed both the men, soaking them before were able to killed it. Junior and Malcolm also found a gator drowned in a net, which made the gator worthless and ruined the net. One of the last gators was a mean one and Malcolm had to grab its tail for Junior to get a shot. Junior even had his sons Willie and Randy come to catch a few in the area. The crew got 21 gators on the day and more importantly they helped Malcolm maintain his livelihood. We also saw Junior pulling double duty by net dipping for catfish at night. He often spent 19 plus hours on the water a day to provide for his family.
Mitchell and Glenn Guist also were helping a fellow Bayou dweller when they offered to fix a friends boat motor. The guys went around to several places looking for a part. They finally came upon a French man who was selling a full motor. The guys couldn’t communicate verbally with the guy, so they resorted to writing $150 on the dust of the motor. The deal was made and Glenn was able to fix other motor while Mitchell sat and watched for most the time. This may have been one of Mitchell’s last projects because he passed away May 14, 2012. Him and his brother were fun characters always willing to help their fellow swamp person.