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Old 09-11-2018, 08:54 AM   #1
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Any updates on this weeks Alligator hunts?. My son's are heading for our first alligator hunt this Saturday!.. Very excited about it. Also, any tips will be appreciated.

Getting our chicken ready. Hooks have arrived and boat has been serviced!. Hopefully we don't get to much rain.
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:17 PM   #2
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Good luck. It's a fun hunt that we've been on twice.

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Old 09-12-2018, 08:37 AM   #3
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I'm hunting there tomorrow thru Friday for gators with 2 buddies. Hopefully I will be posting a success story here Friday. Tip, run your whole area before setting baits out, then set out bait near to the biggest alligator seen. Bait the inside of a bend as gators take the shortest path while swimming.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:01 AM   #4
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I'll be there tomorrow and Friday.

What effect will the rain have on the alligator hunting?
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:03 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip... How about the bait?... I'm thinking leaving chicken outside for a couple of days to "marinate", any other things to add? can sardines?.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:47 AM   #6
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the nastier the chicken is the better bait it is, can also use beef liver, heart, or lung are good baits. we are also taking some blood from a pig my buddies wife shot yesterday to chum with. leave bait outside for a minimum of 3 day up to 5 days prior to using. also take spare bait to refresh set up next morning if you haven't caught a gator by then.
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Old 09-12-2018, 11:14 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tip... How about the bait?... I'm thinking leaving chicken outside for a couple of days to "marinate", any other things to add? can sardines?.
I've found that leaving chicken outside for a day is more than enough. If you leave it too long it will turn to mush and not stay on the hook.

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Old 09-12-2018, 11:17 AM   #8
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I've found that leaving chicken outside for a day is more than enough. If you leave it too long it will turn to mush and not stay on the hook.

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This. Save the juice for chum.
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:10 PM   #9
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I've found that leaving chicken outside for a day is more than enough. If you leave it too long it will turn to mush and not stay on the hook.

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Yep. If it's hot outside, it doesn't even take a full day. If you have some that has turned to mush, use that for your chum. Also, wear rubber gloves when you handle the bait and try not to get it on your clothes. That rotten chicken smell doesn't wash off very easily! Ask me how I know.
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:18 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the advice.. We are super exited about it.
Do you usually skin the gator at the WMA or take it somewhere?.
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:25 PM   #11
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you can skin it there or they can refer you to a skinner just down the road from them. Make sure you trim all of the fat off .
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:54 PM   #12
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Could get a little western depending on what that storm in the Gulf does.... I’d be prepared to be wet.


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Old 09-12-2018, 03:59 PM   #13
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ps mosquitoes are bad there. I heard they are big enough to carry off a 4' gator. bug spray long sleeves and pants.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:17 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice.. We are super exited about it.
Do you usually skin the gator at the WMA or take it somewhere?.
I've taken them somewhere and I've done it at home. Alligators are cold blooded, so it's not as important to clean them ASAP like deer or hogs. Last time I just piled them in the boat, threw 100-200# ice on top and covered with packing blankets.

All that being said if you've never cleaned one before take it somewhere. They are a real PITA if you don't know what you're doing.

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Old 09-12-2018, 09:35 PM   #15
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ps mosquitoes are bad there. I heard they are big enough to carry off a 4' gator. bug spray long sleeves and pants.
I've heard that exaggeration before too. It's not true. The mosquitoes rarely grow bigger than the size of a man's fist.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:43 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the advice.. We are super exited about it.
Do you usually skin the gator at the WMA or take it somewhere?.
I skinned mine there on a picnic table. There are a couple of YouTube videos on how to skin a gator with compressed air. It works! Saves a whole lot of back breaking labor.

After it's skinned, the easiest way to get the flesh off the hide is with a pressure washer. Just do it away from the house. Bits of meat go flying everywhere.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:58 PM   #17
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I've heard that exaggeration before too. It's not true. The mosquitoes rarely grow bigger than the size of a man's fist.


Having duck hunted there frequently, I can say that fist size is about average. Only the trophy breeding ones get larger than that. I highly recommend the Sawyer’s lotion. It was WAY more effective than Off!

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Old 09-12-2018, 11:06 PM   #18
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I personally think it's easier to skin an alligator than a deer. Alligator skin is tough so you don't have to worry about making holes in the hide. I think the skinner that's close charges approximately $10/foot. Plus they salt and bag it.
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Old 09-13-2018, 03:19 PM   #19
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I think I'll try the skinning. I guess first we need to get a gator!.
Chicken is getting "ready"...
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Old 09-13-2018, 03:39 PM   #20
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Hopefully things pick up for you guys, our hunt started yesterday and we got back this afternoon. I don't know what the final tally for the hunt was, but I didn't see many gators being brought in, and our group only got one yesterday using archery equipment. The two lines we set overnight didn't produce. One was knocked down with bait missing, but no gator. Fun hunt though, would give it another shot for sure.






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Old 09-14-2018, 04:02 PM   #21
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We went three-for-three on alligators we had a 6-foot 8 and 7 foot 1 and a 9 foot 8

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Old 09-14-2018, 04:04 PM   #22
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:04 PM   #23
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Congratulations!.. Any last minutes tips?... My chicken should be ready now!... Looking forward to tomorrow.
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:34 AM   #24
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We went three-for-three on alligators we had a 6-foot 8 and 7 foot 1 and a 9 foot 8

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That’s awesome, congrats! What compartment did they put y’all in? All on hook and line?
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:07 PM   #25
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south of 6

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Old 09-15-2018, 02:55 PM   #26
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The big channel south of 6? Man, we were assigned the outside canals of 5 and 6 and only saw the one small gator I shot.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:30 AM   #27
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We had a great hunt. Arrived on Saturday for the orientation. Headed out to our spot around 1:30pm. All the kids were hunting the lost lake area.
We were assigned the first channel out of the launch location.
We saw 6 or so small gators in the first section of our area. We went a head and selected one spot. We located another spot, at a bend, where there seem to be a lot of traffic but no gators. On the way back we notice that our first line was already down and a small gator had it is mouth. Went to shore and waited for an hour.
After coming back, the bait was in the water, but not eaten. So we reset the bait a little higher (about a foot of the water) and went to check the other site. Nothing the first night.
Next morning we got our boat at around 6:30am, and headed to our area. We were in the water around 7, and the first set was down. Pulled the line until we found a gator!. This was a 6' 11" female gator. The kids and I were very excited.
Left the set in place, just in case we needed to relocated our second set.

We arrived at the second set, and it was also down. This set had a lot more line than the first one. The gator manage to go to the other side of the bank and wrap itself around reeds and vegetation. It took a lot of effort to get it out. Finally, we were able to get it to the side of the boat and my son took a shoot, a lot of water splash on this one!. A 8' 3" male gator was down.!'
In all a great adventure with 2 gators!.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:32 AM   #28
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Here are the gators.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:37 AM   #29
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We went 3 for 3 on the hunt this past Thurs-Fri. 6'2, 7'2, and 10'6. Here's the big one.

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Old 09-18-2018, 09:23 AM   #30
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nice catches, good day of fishing when everyone goes home with a gator.

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Old 09-18-2018, 10:02 AM   #31
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I have been putting in for the alligator hunts for a couple years now, just haven’t been drawn yet. Nice to see y’all being successful, congratulations on you harvests! Thanks a lot for sharing some info on your experiences.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:19 AM   #32
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did they change it up to 2 day hunts now? When I did mine a few years back it was basically an afternoon (set lines) and an early morning (check lines) and that was it! I don't think but 2-3 people caught gators that particular weekend! And they woudnt let us set more than 1 line per person!
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:51 AM   #33
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did they change it up to 2 day hunts now? When I did mine a few years back it was basically an afternoon (set lines) and an early morning (check lines) and that was it! I don't think but 2-3 people caught gators that particular weekend! And they woudnt let us set more than 1 line per person!
Still the same way now.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:54 AM   #34
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Still the same way. We just set the lines early, and went back to check the lines before going home the first day.
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