In this video below we’ve got a large Florida alligator creeping near a boat trying to pick off an easy meal. There’s also a young fisherman hooked into a nice sized snook that’s jumping all over the place and making all sorts of ruckus next to the boat, attracting that alligator. If you’re wondering how a freshwater alligator is so close to a saltwater fish (snook), it’s because that water is brackish. Meaning that it’s basically the edge of where a river meets the saltwater, and both saltwater and freshwater species can cohabitate in that water.
One of the worst things you can do to a fish is drag out the fight by letting that fish swim around and tire itself out. Fishing with light tackle is fun, because the fight is crazy and your rod feels like it’s almost going to break. But if you’re letting that fish just swim around and get exhausted a few things are happening that you might not be thinking about, a few things that will likely mean the end of that fish’s life:
1.) The fish fights itself into exhaustion, and it only takes a few moments of being out of the water before that the lungs/gills of that fish gives out and it dies right there. A lot of fishing is catch-and-release, but if that fish fights itself into exhaustion it’s dead and you don’t have a choice about letting it go anyways.
2.) When that fishing is fighting it’s sending out a ton of distress signals. By swimming as hard as it can, constantly changing direction, and any other sounds that fish might be putting out the fish is then attracting any predators in the area. In the case of this video’s that snook’s attracted a big ass alligator that eats it right there at the side of the boat. Often when you’re fishing offshore the fish you’re dragging up from the deep will get ripped apart by sharks because they’re just sitting back and waiting for those distress signals in the water.
So what’s the point of that rant? If you see a predator going after your fish it’s always advisable to break the line immediately and give that fish a fighting chance. And unless you’re planning on keeping all the fish you catch it’s usually advisable to get that fish into the boat as soon as possible, and reduce your impact as a fisherman on that fish…. /end rant.