Bass fishing is supposed to be relaxing and put you at ease, especially in Florida. Huge bass and beautiful weather produce a recipe for a perfect day of fishing. Things just get better when you hook a nice-sized fish and finally get it in to shore. However, Florida bass fishing can be dangerous, especially when the gators come to play. With a bass hooked and almost to the bank, you can see a wake begin to form and something approaching very quickly. Before you know it, an alligator has emerged and found himself a quick snack at the expense of the human angler.
"Really? Come on, give me the fish."
We're disappointed the video cut off, as even if that gator did let go, we imagine the fish is dead after getting chomped by those big teeth, making any victory in getting it back a hollow one.
Florida is full of alligators these days to the point of presenting a risk to anglers like we see here. So, always use caution when bank fishing in Florida. It's always safe to assume any water you're fishing in the Sunshine State is home to some large reptiles, no matter how unlikely it may seem.
It's videos like these that make me appreciate my fishing conditions out here in the Midwest. Sure, the fish may be smaller than they are in Florida, but I get to enjoy my time on the water without having to worry about animals that can eat my fish or me.
Be safe out there and always keep your eyes peeled the next time you're fishing in alligator country!