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#5907253 - 09/01/15 09:08 AM Gator Hunt
Matthunts Offline
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Registered: 12/25/14
Posts: 4
I got drawn on a TPWD gator hunt and am looking for any tips on hook size, what to use for leader, what bait works best, etc. Thanks for any help or advice you can give!

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#5908074 - 09/01/15 04:51 PM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Matthunts]
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4033
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
For a hook, use a NON-STAINLESS hook about 12/0 in size. The non-stainless is because TPWD wants the hook to rust away if the gator gets free. You don't need a steel leader, alligator teeth aren't sharp. Just tie to some line at least 150# test, about 50'. Chicken quarters about a couple of days old work great. Don't let it rot too much or the bait will be too soft on the hook.
Set a big cane pole in the mud hanging at an angle over the area you want to bait. Tie the loose end of the line to something solid like a tree or some type of metal anchor driven deep in the mud. The hook end, dangle it about a foot or two from the top of the water from the end of the cane pole. Secure it LOOSELY with a rubber band or clothespin. You want it to come off freely when the alligator pulls on it.
Leave and drink many cold beers that night at the bar. Come back in the morning and see what you have caught. Your buddy pulls it in and you shoot it in the head.
TPWD wants you to use a shotgun. .410 is plenty at a range of a few inches that you will be shooting. I used a beat up old H&R single shot 20 gauge with low brass #6's. Worked great and if I lost it overboard, it would be no big deal.

For the hook and line, you can buy them here http://www.fishnetco.com/products/fishing-accessories/hooks-and-swivels/alligator-hooks/

Good luck!


Edited by Palehorse (09/01/15 05:02 PM)
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#5908080 - 09/01/15 05:00 PM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Matthunts]
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4033
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
One more thing. Post a lot of the hunt pics on this forum! That way, those of us who didn't get drawn can enjoy it too!
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#5908692 - 09/01/15 10:59 PM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Palehorse]
Matthunts Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/25/14
Posts: 4
Awesome. Thanks for the tips. I hope I can deliver some pics! Thanks again.

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#5909678 - 09/02/15 02:58 PM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Matthunts]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/24/14
Posts: 318
Loc: Bastrop, Texas
I didn't even put in for this hunt as I was not sure how to hunt alligator. If I had known it was that easy, I sure would have!
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#5910132 - 09/02/15 07:12 PM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Deep Sea]
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Registered: 10/22/07
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Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Originally Posted By: Deep Sea
I didn't even put in for this hunt as I was not sure how to hunt alligator. If I had known it was that easy, I sure would have!


Yea, there's not a lot to it. Sort of a combination of running a trotline and shooting a big ole snake at your feet. It is pretty exciting though when you are trying get a clean shot while a ticked off man eating reptile is spinning and snapping.
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#5910279 - 09/02/15 08:16 PM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Palehorse]
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Registered: 05/30/11
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Loc: Rockport, Tx.
Originally Posted By: Palehorse
Originally Posted By: Deep Sea
I didn't even put in for this hunt as I was not sure how to hunt alligator. If I had known it was that easy, I sure would have!


Yea, there's not a lot to it. Sort of a combination of running a trotline and shooting a big ole snake at your feet. It is pretty exciting though when you are trying get a clean shot while a ticked off man eating reptile is spinning and snapping.


This is something I've always wanted to do.
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#5910728 - 09/03/15 05:27 AM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Matthunts]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/24/14
Posts: 318
Loc: Bastrop, Texas
That is too cool, I will now put in for the hunt next time!

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#5912811 - 09/04/15 08:09 AM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Matthunts]
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Registered: 06/15/09
Posts: 2730
Loc: Huntsville, AL
Alabama doesn't allow bait poles. Only snagging. What a fight that would be to snag a 12 footer and get to reel it in.
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#5912862 - 09/04/15 09:01 AM Re: Gator Hunt [Re: Matthunts]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
scratch i caught a geco with my bare hands once... bang just dont sound as funny when try using proper english... Was gonna type me bar hands ... Theirs some goid info... Make sure ya take camera with.. i huntosolo mostly, & since camera's went high-tech, SD cards & can video started carring mine on archery hunts... If it out of bow range video, rofl not always best wuality, video took of hogs sleeping, was bad day for me shoulder, was in thick stuff... But had a blast & got it on video, ta share... Stay safe, & cheers congrates on Draw Hunt.... As pappy once said: keep your head held high & your powder dry .... flag
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