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Old 09-14-2004, 02:40 PM
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Gator on my ski lake

For years I'd been hearing of aligator sitings on Caddo Lake. We'd always looked, but had never seen one. Neither my wife, nor my brother-in-law, who had been coming to and skiing on that lake for nearly 25 years had ever seen one.

Well, this weekend we saw one. My brother-in-law, his wife, their cousing, and I were out for a Saturday evening set this past weekend. As we turned off the big lake onto the river, he saw something that looked like a piece of wood in the water and asked, "What's that." As we passed it, it was clearly a gator, but seeing the boat, it must have decided that we were a lot bigger than it was, and quickly submerged. A bit bewildered by the siting, we did a slow u-turn and headed back the other way. About 15 to 20 feet away, as we passed the same spot, we saw it swimming away slowly, swinging that big tale. We estimate its length at somewhere between 6-8 feet.

I turned to my brother-in-law and said, "You're up, dude." Needless to say, we headed about 2 or 3 miles down the river. Both of us skied, but we dropped at least half a mile from where we'd spotted that gator.

To be honest, I was surprised I got into that water. Must have been in the sun too long.
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:42 PM
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Do you think he was alone?
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:44 PM
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I thought you were going to say that you turned to your wife and said "your up, babe..."
You would be in Mag Red's situation, or worse!
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:45 PM
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kinda different feeling being in the water with them, isn't it. We were "warned" about the harmless sharks in the Keys just before we got in the water. I was kinda <shrug> about it, knowing the chances of an attack are very, very slim. But man, it's a bit nerve-wracking being in the water with them just a few feet away.
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:47 PM
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With my luck, unless they are deterred by piss, I would get attacked.
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:51 PM
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That lake is a bit unnerving anyway. It's just so darned smooth, you put up with things like snakes and aligators. I figured if I saw one, I'd just do my best Steve Erwin impression, jump on top of him, and tie up his snout with the ski rope (with enough slack for me to jump on his back, yell hit it, and ride him to the taxidermist. Yee haa)!
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:53 PM
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If you do, get pictures. That would be sweet!
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:54 PM
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Might be able to get a new pair of boots out of him.
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Old 09-14-2004, 02:54 PM
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Come on Doug don't be a chicken.
That alligator dude for down under would had thrown his infant in the water right next to him (the gator) to teach him (his kid) how to swim with the gators, just in case he even came across one in the bath tub.

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Old 09-14-2004, 03:10 PM
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You think it was the one that got Chubb's hand?
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