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 08/24/2020 06:15 AM
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TATTOO74

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I pulled two tags for Lake Hell n Blazes. After opening week I still have both tags... We have tried everything from site casting treble hooks, harpoon in the flats. Last night at dawn we baited a chicken and closest we got w/ a 8 footer honing in on the bait and some A-holes in a Boston Whaler came screaming through and almost ran the gator over. I think the place is way to crowded and every gator is spooked.. Anyone on here pull tags and have any luck out there?
 08/24/2020 06:36 AM
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HAPDigital

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If anyone gets any, post pics. I've never done it, probably never will. But it is really interesting. Love gator meat too.

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 08/24/2020 05:25 PM
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Originally posted by: TATTOO74

I pulled two tags for Lake Hell n Blazes. After opening week I still have both tags... We have tried everything from site casting treble hooks, harpoon in the flats. Last night at dawn we baited a chicken and closest we got w/ a 8 footer honing in on the bait and some A-holes in a Boston Whaler came screaming through and almost ran the gator over. I think the place is way to crowded and every gator is spooked.. Anyone on here pull tags and have any luck out there?


I got mine after midnight; things die down quickly down by little saw grass and that channel has some bigguns

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 08/25/2020 04:09 AM
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You want to attract gators. Get the Gator Love call. Usually gets them to show themselves.

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 08/25/2020 05:58 AM
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TATTOO74

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Originally posted by: cheaterfiveo

Originally posted by: TATTOO74



I pulled two tags for Lake Hell n Blazes. After opening week I still have both tags... We have tried everything from site casting treble hooks, harpoon in the flats. Last night at dawn we baited a chicken and closest we got w/ a 8 footer honing in on the bait and some A-holes in a Boston Whaler came screaming through and almost ran the gator over. I think the place is way to crowded and every gator is spooked.. Anyone on here pull tags and have any luck out there?




I got mine after midnight; things die down quickly down by little saw grass and that channel has some bigguns


Congrats on the gator! We were just off the channel when we tried the chicken. Hopefully October will be better.



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 08/25/2020 06:02 AM
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TATTOO74

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Originally posted by: jdbman

You want to attract gators. Get the Gator Love call. Usually gets them to show themselves.


We have it but don't use it much. I think it's illegal to actually have on while hunting? At least that's what one of the guys was telling us. Doesn't make sense to me, you can call in any other type of game while hunting.
 08/25/2020 11:33 AM
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LBCPedro

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you have access to an airboat you can basically run up to them and harpoon them. Last year I used an electric trolling motor to get close then coasted up to crossbow range. 2 tags, 4 gators in two nights. It was the H&B opening hunt so they were not too spooked yet.
 08/25/2020 11:54 AM
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Originally posted by: LBCPedro

you have access to an airboat you can basically run up to them and harpoon them. Last year I used an electric trolling motor to get close then coasted up to crossbow range. 2 tags, 4 gators in two nights. It was the H&B opening hunt so they were not too spooked yet.


LOL I literally busted out laughing reading that. That's funny as heck.

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 08/26/2020 05:19 AM
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Originally posted by: LBCPedro

you have access to an airboat you can basically run up to them and harpoon them. Last year I used an electric trolling motor to get close then coasted up to crossbow range. 2 tags, 4 gators in two nights. It was the H&B opening hunt so they were not too spooked yet.


Airboat will be in rotation when the season opens back up. Hoping to run up into the areas they are hiding and push them back out into the open. My buddy has tags for Lake Washington as well. Are there any crossbows in the for sale section?! I plan on casting at them from a much farther distance next time around.

 08/27/2020 05:46 AM
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Note, the largest we got with the crossbow was 7 ft. Also had to hit them with a spear after following/pullling them up to the boat. Driver kept them in the spotlight, completely silent coasting approach the last 50 yards. Most crossbow shots were less than 10 yards.
 08/29/2020 11:38 AM
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I always liked going out before daybreak up in the middle St. Johns. Haven't messed with them down here.

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 08/31/2020 03:41 PM
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Originally posted by: TATTOO74

Originally posted by: cheaterfiveo



Originally posted by: TATTOO74







I pulled two tags for Lake Hell n Blazes. After opening week I still have both tags... We have tried everything from site casting treble hooks, harpoon in the flats. Last night at dawn we baited a chicken and closest we got w/ a 8 footer honing in on the bait and some A-holes in a Boston Whaler came screaming through and almost ran the gator over. I think the place is way to crowded and every gator is spooked.. Anyone on here pull tags and have any luck out there?








I got mine after midnight; things die down quickly down by little saw grass and that channel has some bigguns




Congrats on the gator! We were just off the channel when we tried the chicken. Hopefully October will be better.

I use really rotten beef lung on the peg, it floats and they have no trouble finding it


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 09/01/2020 05:22 AM
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^^^ Beef Lung will be in rotation this time. The chicken was a last ditch effort the day before the opening week closed.
 10/06/2020 07:35 AM
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TATTOO74

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Finally got one! Took out a buddy's airboat and we got him within about 20 minutes of being on the water. We ran up on some grass and we spooked him out to the deeper water and I harpooned him, then another treble hook and pulled him up to the boat! He measured 10 feet and estimated about 300lbs. I tried brining it then cooking it on the grill wrapped in bacon, then the next batch went in buttermilk and to the air fryer.

Edited: 10/06/2020 at 07:36 AM by TATTOO74


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LBCPedro

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Airboat/harpoon FTW.
 10/13/2020 05:18 AM
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cheaterfiveo

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saw a guy pull in an 11 footer out of upper basin canal yesterday morning, it was enormously fat as well as long. truly a beast

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