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im new to fishin from a boat ..i always fished from land as a kid but i recently bought a 19 foot fishin boat nothin fantsy just starting out ...i fish for bass and specs...

i am afraid of the gators for some reason ...i know the big bass are in weeds and bushes and catails but so are the gators and snakes can some one plz help me get over this fear...

i see people sking and tubing in the same water as the big gators i want to be the best fisherman i can be plz help me....

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Gators dont jump into 19 foot boats and attack fisherman. Whens the last time you have heard of a fisherman being attacked on his boat while fishing?

Just dont fall in.. ;D

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Gator's is good eats man!!!!! lol. They wont bother you. Actually their probably just afraid of you as your are of them. And I second that motion, DONT FALL IN NEXT TO ONE.

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ok i guess cause im new to boating i dont know what to expect from the gator ..all i know is every time i see one i head the other way and when im searching weeds and catails all im thinking is plz dont let me see a gator...lol...i guess with time i will get over it

i,ve only been boating a 2months now ........!!! lol

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The gators aren't gonna mess with ya, especially while you're in the boat.  Stay away during mating season and don't feed them.

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Safer in a boat than on shore.

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ok i think i will be ok with the gator ....

so the gators aren't aggressive ...

now the other day i was watching a fishing show and a snake swimed up to this boat and was atempting to get on the boat ....it was big and black.... the dude picked it up and turned it around ...

their is know way im picking up a snake  ....lol

i hope i dont jump out the boat if i see one in the boat.....lol

i seen one in the cattails the other day just laying their i went to the other side of the lake after that ....

i think it was a mocassin

i know i sound like a punk but i have to get over these phobia's

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Snakes in open water will try to get on your boat for a rest. They are tired of swimming. Don't panic. The snake will climb up and then sit still to rest. Take your oar and slowly scoop under him and flip him back out of the boat. Or if you are one of these animal lover snake handlers let him rest for a while. But I recoment getting him back out quickly before he is well rested and capable of a good defense.

Correct. Gators are not aggressive. Don't ever feed them. It causes them to associate humans with food witch then leads to dogs and kids being snatched from shore. But never from boats that I have heard of.

You think you got problems, I'm a surfer swimming with sharks.

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surfer thanks for the advise ..

1 problem i was thinkin more like wack the snake with the paddle or somthing ... i hate snakes im going to prey i never have one get on my boat....

but i love fishing so much im going to fish anyway...

i just wanted to no what to do if one got on my boat...

sometimes my 5yr old son likes to fish with me...

i dont think i have the balls to handle a snake.. and good luck with surfing i know i am never doing that....no way!!! lol....

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DJ,

Being from Louisiana we learned to give the gators their space and just move on. They may check you out but they will leave you alone.

If a female is guarding her babies you really stay away from her.

As for snakes, if one does fall in your boat, just take the paddle, get under it, and toss it out of the boat. Then change your underwear.

As for snakes in the water, only once did I have water moccasins strike the boat when fishing.  Otherwise, snakes will avoid you.

And remember, gators like marshmallows so don't throw any in the water!!!  ;D   ;D   ;D

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Remember to never, ever, try to shoot a snake while it is in your boat.  Laugh all you want to, but I have seen an idiot do it.  I would however recommend shooting a Gator that got in the boat, but that's a little different  ;)

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thanks for all the great info ...

and im not really scared i just dont know what to do if i enconter these animals...

and im alwayz cautius when i do something new...

i never jumped out of plane and if i was going to do so i would ask questions first ...ive been in florida all my life and i have much respect for gators and snakes...lol espiecally on their turf lol....

they can build all the pretty houses they want

this is still the Swamp ...lol

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In this vid you can see just how slow a snake in the water is.  I don't want to make it sound like its no big deal because this critter would have my undivided attention until he or I left the area.  But you can see how easy it is to gently push the snake away.  Or like this guy, whack it a few times.  Not my style though.

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You have nothing to fear. Gators are scared of boats and people. Even ones that have been fed are just looking for a hand out.

^the above statement was not approved by the park worker in Lake Worth. haha

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gators only eat yankees so you aint got nothin to worry about.

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When a gator sees you images start flowing through his brain. Boots, belts, pocketbooks, and such, are thoughts that keep them at a safe distance. However, a people-fed gator becomes quite a different creature. Do not feed the gators!

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So, I guess stray dogs and cats are much of a problem down there?

:D

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The snake falling into Bills boat made me LOL.... ;D ;D ;D

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I can't believe a big guy like you is afraid of snakes and gators. LOL ;D ;D

Remember all those gators we saw that day out in Saddle Creek? 8-)

im new to fishin from a boat ..i always fished from land as a kid but i recently bought a 19 foot fishin boat nothin fantsy just starting out ...i fish for bass and specs...

i am afraid of the gators for some reason ...i know the big bass are in weeds and bushes and catails but so are the gators and snakes can some one plz help me get over this fear...

i see people sking and tubing in the same water as the big gators i want to be the best fisherman i can be plz help me....

I've been fishing for over 25 yrs now and have never had a snake try to get into the boat... don't let them worry you any. ;)

Same for gators... I've waded in old private phosphate pits with big (and I mean BIG) gators all around! Just keep an eye on them and don't feed or mess with them and you'll be just fine... they usually take off when you get close! ;)

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I can't believe a big guy like you is afraid of snakes and gators. LOL ;D ;D

Remember all those gators we saw that day out in Saddle Creek? 8-)

im new to fishin from a boat ..i always fished from land as a kid but i recently bought a 19 foot fishin boat nothin fantsy just starting out ...i fish for bass and specs...

i am afraid of the gators for some reason ...i know the big bass are in weeds and bushes and catails but so are the gators and snakes can some one plz help me get over this fear...

i see people sking and tubing in the same water as the big gators i want to be the best fisherman i can be plz help me....

Same for gators... I've waded in old private phosphate pits with big (and I mean BIG) gators all around! Just keep an eye on them and don't feed or mess with them and you'll be just fine... they usually take off when you get close! ;)

Hope you got some good life insurance.

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