With time running out due to me leaving in 2 weeks for a Ms. bowhunt and my work schedule I can't pass up any chance to try and fill my gator tags. After not getting it done the 2nd week I had to wait for thing to open back up to go again. I spent a few nights going solo, but I am fortunate enough to be good friends with one of the best gator hunters around here. Ron Vanderpol(Boneyard) spent 3 night with me on the river during the 2nd week and we were all over gators but the only thing we boated was a 7'2" that we measured and released and a 3 footer that I hand caught for the fun of it. While I was sitting on the sidelines during the 3rd and 4th week seasons Ron was helping others load up the gators. The down side is that Ron isn't as young as he used to be and he has gone HARD for the last month. Seeing how the weather temps weren't perfect and him needing a break, I hit it solo again. I got this 8 footer to take the bait around 4:00 this morning and the fun began. Trying to pull a gator to the surface with one hand and harpoon him with the other is pretty dang tough!! Not to mention the hell that breaks loose once you nail him with the harpoon. After several tense minutes of rollin, pullin, and almost knockin me over board when he slammed into my trolling motor I finally got him to the point of bang sticking him. Won't say how many slugs we pulled out of that gators head, but DAMN they die hard!! After he was in the boat I was literally VIBRATING!! The adrenalin rush of landing that thing by myself was insane!! I have to thank my wife for putting up with my all night river runs, and my good buddy Ron for all his help and guidance!!
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