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Gator Snagging 101 [PICS]

Alligator hunting is more popular than ever. Gator snagging is one of the simplest ways to get in on these exciting hunts.

Photo by Joe Riekers
Photo by Joe Riekers

Alligator populations are booming and their range is expanding in the southern United States. Gator snagging is a great way to get in on the action.

You can snag from the shore or from a boat. Just a few simple pieces of gear are needed to get started.

Check out the slideshow to see how it’s done.
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1. Gator Snagging is Easy and Productive

Photo by Joe Riekers

Alligator populations are booming throughout the South. The alligator’s range is expanding too. Gator meat is excellent and the skins are very durable. Get in on the action now. Gator snagging is a simple way to get started.

2. Basic Gear is Needed for Gator Snagging

To get involved in gator snagging you will need a quality gator rod. We like the 7-foot heavy duty rods like those offered by Central Florida Trophy Hunts. You will also need heavy quality line and a treble hook. Once your gator is surfaced, you’ll need a firearm, bang-stick or archery equipment to dispatch the beast.

3. Specialized Equipment is Available for Gator Snagging

We like a high quality braided polyethylene line in 100# to 200# test like those made by Tuf Line and Power Pro. Some people tie a wire leader and swivel on the end, but the alligator can feel this. We prefer to tie a Bimini Twist at the end of the line.

RELATED: How To Do the Bimini Twist [VIDEO]

4. Locate a Waterway That Gators Are Using

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Before you venture out, make sure you have the proper licensing and C.I.T.E.S. permits. Check local laws to determine seasons, legal implements and other restrictions.

Locate a gator you are interested in by scouting waterways. When the gator submerges and you see bubbles, cast your line past him and reel in slow, pulling the pole forcefully to snag the gator then follow with bursts of reeling.

5. Set the Hook and the Fight is On

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The treble hook should be 10/0 (3-inch and 2.5 ounces), or 12/0 (4-inch and 2.5 ounces). If you are snagging from a boat, you may need a rope with a 14/0 (5-inches and 7.6 ounces) to help drag the gator to the boat or even tow it to shore. Let the drag run with some tension on the line. A gator fight may take a hour.

6. Gator Snagging is Similar to Fighting a Huge Fish

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Eventually, the gator will surface. It will get tired and can only stay under water about a half-hour. When it surfaces you have to be quiet! Any noise will spook the gator into another dive and increase your risk of losing it. When surfaced, you have to be prepared with your firearm, bang-stick or other legal implement.

7. Gator Snagging Culminates with the Use of a Firearm, Bang-Stick or Archery Equipment

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Gator snagging is definitely a team sport. Someone has to hold the rod and keep pressure on the line while another person shoots the gator on top of the head with a bang-stick, gun or archery equipment. Wearing gloves is a good idea. Reeling in a gator is a lot of hard work.

8. Gator Snagging is Exciting and Yields a Great Trophy

Photo by Joe Riekers

Gator snagging is a productive way to get a great trophy. Meat from the tail and cheeks is excellent and can be run through a meat tenderizer machine to flatten and soften it. The hide can be used just like leather.

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Gator Snagging 101 [PICS]