Only anglers from the South would ever see something like this coming.
This fisherman did not fully think through the consequences of fishing in a Florida alligator hotspot.
In the state of Florida, you never quite know what's lurking beneath the water's surface. Floridians are probably used to it, but those who live elsewhere might not understand how stealthy alligators an be.
Wild alligators see those game fish as a prey species, so it only makes sense that they'd get a little possessive.
American alligators are the apex predators of the southern swamps, and the Florida Everglades are full of them. Especially during mating season, adult alligators can be particularly vicious.
This angler is fishing for bass and sees a large alligator swimming around where he is throwing his cast. He catches a nice bass, reels it in, then throws him back in. All the while, the larger alligator can still be seen swimming around.
Then suddenly, something comes up from behind the fisherman and the camera gets all shaky.
The fisherman fortunately is quick on his feet and narrowly dodges what could've been a very unfortunate accident.
When going after Florida fish, stay away from gator-filled swamps. Gators are not messing around, and though true alligator attacks are rare, it's always best to play it safe.
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