Note by Ian: Azi is a new columnist here at Ian's column. He is an experienced bass fishing instructor and river fishing guide. This is his first article on this column.
When taking trips to exotic places, you should always be prepared. I traveled to an exotic location over the weekend to go fishing when I found myself in a tough spot. I just got on my boat and started sailing out into the lake. Just before I threw my first cast, I noticed something quite frightening. I saw an alligator about 30 meters away, slightly submerged underwater.
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Before I go any further, unless you are adamant about going fishing on that particular day in that particular lake, just leave the lake and go somewhere else. But for those avid fishermen, here’s what you want to do.
It’s most likely won’t try to attack you as long as you give it space. If you hear it hissing, then it’s agitated and might lash out if you do not move away. If it is moving directly towards you, then you want to leave the area immediately, as it has most likely decided you to be its next prey. Leave the area immediately.
Most importantly, you need to know that at times you should forgo your bravery and call the police. If the alligator’s pestering behavior persists, you should contact the police immediately and they will take care of it for you.
Above: Croc moms are especially easy to agitate.
Hopefully, the next time you encounter one of these creatures you will know what to do!
Hi. I am Ian, an extremely avid bass fisherman living in Howard County, MD. I like to bank fish and fish at local ponds and small creeks. I will explore budget friendly options for people to use in this blog. I hope I can teach you something.