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Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:59 am
by sunshine
I don't see why you couldn't tie him up to the side and roll out.

Can't see it being very fun, but for a big lizard, or once in a ten years thing, definitely worth it

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:52 am
by Backwoods
Hey you know it's totally a possibility somebody having one !.......I'm with sun on if he's that worthy then hell yes you can strap it up and drag it back out ....any chance At maybe a second canoe you could load the beast in it ,just think might be Lil easier to tow/ drag it that way

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:23 am
by SourMash
Is it possible to float down from upstream? Two canoes sounds like a good idea if there isn't enough water for the motor

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:01 am
by PJB
SourMash wrote:Is it possible to float down from upstream? Two canoes sounds like a good idea if there isn't enough water for the motor
That is what I am planning on doing. I have found two gators that are on a shorter section that are around ten feet in length. Not the one I really want, but still respectable size. The one I have been trying to get is wider than canoe. Not sure it is possible to get him out.

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:30 am
by Croaker
PJB wrote:
SourMash wrote:Is it possible to float down from upstream? Two canoes sounds like a good idea if there isn't enough water for the motor
That is what I am planning on doing. I have found two gators that are on a shorter section that are around ten feet in length. Not the one I really want, but still respectable size. The one I have been trying to get is wider than canoe. Not sure it is possible to get him out.

A few air filled boat bumpers tied to the carcass might keep it at the surface. If the width of the body of water allows, two canoes lashed together to make a narrow catamaran would provide more stability than a single canoe. Jon boats without a motor make a good slight draft barge for floating out loads.

Do the Georgia rules require catching on a hook before dispatching or can you just shoot it from a distance and then recover?

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:37 am
by PJB
Croaker wrote:
PJB wrote:
SourMash wrote:Is it possible to float down from upstream? Two canoes sounds like a good idea if there isn't enough water for the motor
That is what I am planning on doing. I have found two gators that are on a shorter section that are around ten feet in length. Not the one I really want, but still respectable size. The one I have been trying to get is wider than canoe. Not sure it is possible to get him out.

A few air filled boat bumpers tied to the carcass might keep it at the surface. If the width of the body of water allows, two canoes lashed together to make a narrow catamaran would provide more stability than a single canoe. Jon boats without a motor make a good slight draft barge for floating out loads.

Do the Georgia rules require catching on a hook before dispatching or can you just shoot it from a distance and then recover?
Here they must be on a line either by hook, arrow, or harpoon. Baited hooks are not allowed. Gator must be put down by pistol or bangstick. No rifles may be in possession.

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:23 am
by JD
The girth and weight of a gator increases greatly when they get over 10 feet.
A hoss in the 12' range will require a winch, come-along, and/or block & tackle plus the help of multiple friends to get him out to water deep enough for transport.
Lots of fun and lots of work.

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:23 pm
by PJB
Here are a few pics from this weekend. Came across dozens of these little guys. On the plus side, I did a lot of boating through the thick stuff. Now it's time to devise some new strategies.

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:00 pm
by sunshine
When I hunted them down here, we got the 2nd phase and really struggled to get close to anything of size, they had obviously been hunted hard. If I ever do it again, I'll focus more on baiting them than running and gunning (harpoon/bow)/trying to cast at them.

We ended up getting a couple smaller ones by harpooning them jousting style, haul ass on the air boat and stick them as you fly by. Lots of fun, but the bigger ones know better

Re: Got My Tag

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:08 pm
by PJB
sunshine wrote:When I hunted them down here, we got the 2nd phase and really struggled to get close to anything of size, they had obviously been hunted hard. If I ever do it again, I'll focus more on baiting them than running and gunning (harpoon/bow)/trying to cast at them.

We ended up getting a couple smaller ones by harpooning them jousting style, haul ass on the air boat and stick them as you fly by. Lots of fun, but the bigger ones know better
We used white cork bobbers on medium rods to lure them out of the grass and pads. Anything over five wanted nothing to do with it. The smalls ones would chase the cork all over the place and would never leave the side of the boat. Had a blast toying with them and took a lot of pics.