More storms swept across Louisiana. The cold front chased the gators into hiding and with only a little time before the season is over, the hunters couldn’t afford any down time. Cold rain sometimes fools gators to go into hibernation. The scramble for hibernation also can be good because gators try and feed right before winter and are on the move.
RJ and Jay Paul made an early start. They went to a spot they knew gators would be moving about in. The wind made the location a risky one because their air boat could flip over. The two’s first line was down with a huge gator. Jay Paul got the vicious gator with one shot. These two faced some of the worst weather and Jay Paul worried about his boat flipping in the middle of nowhere. The fishing was good, but the wind was picking up and the two had to switch boats. The two lost time switching boats, but they came back to their grounds to some hooked gators. RJ wanted to push to the end of the day to make sure they could tag out and they got a 9 footer to cap off the day.
Jacob and Chase Landry wanted to help fill the family’s remaining 75 tags. Troy has put the pressure on Jacob to take control and fill the boat. Jacob used a Landry family secrete of rotten beef melt bait. The trick worked well and the boys found a nice gator right away. The Landry boys were doing very well with their rotten beef bait. They continued to do well through the heavy, cold rain. The boys then set up some lines in a seldom traveled canal to get some big alligators. The smart move worked great and the two caught an 11 foot, 900 pound beast. The Landry crew filled 30 tags on the day and Troy gave his boys a pep talk over some Bud lights at the local diner. Jacob felt very confident and Troy was very proud.
Junior braved the weather with his son Willie. The boys had some bad luck and feared that all the gators already left. Junior decided to relocate to a deeper area. Junior discussed some strategy and the importance of family. Willie was pulling a hook and thought it was only grass, but a gator was hooked and was playing possum. Junior was able to shoot the big fighting gator. More cold rain gave Junior more incentive to hurry to his new area. The new area did not start good as the weather knocked down their lines. The father son duo then came across a monster gator hanging by his tail. Junior secured the catch after a scary struggle. The move proved great for the team and the new canal made for some easy gator fishing.
Bruce was back this week and despite the cold rain and wind, Bruce maintained the bare chest overall look. Bruce was trying to fish an area close to some salt water and it made him nervous. Bruce was relieved to find a 7 foot gator on his first line. Bruce’s luck then went from bad to worse as his bait was under water and he feared the salt lake had overflowed into the march. Bruce then decided to try and salvage the day by moving all his lines deep into the swamp. The situation was devastating for Bruce and his livelihood as his territory was completely baron. It was looking like his worst day in 31 years and to add injury to insult, a hooked gator jumped his last line of the year. Bruce was very concerned he wouldn’t be able to tag out (fill all his tags for the year).