A common, simple technique that catfish anglers in the south employ is rigging up lines with minimal effort, called “jugging.” Basically, in jugging, you line up empty milk cartons or anything that floats (in this case pool noodles), and rig up a baited hook underneath each jug. Then, you can sit back and relax while you watch and wait for a bite.
This angler was hoping to come back to his jugs and have a catfish on the hook, ready to be filleted and thrown in a grease bath. Unfortunately, what he found was NOT a catfish.
That is literally an alligator’s wide open mouth a foot away from a person in a kayak. Absolutely terrifying. I’d imagine for everyone else who has ever seen an alligator’s open mouth that close to his head, that was the last thing they ever saw.
According to the YouTube description of the video, this incident happened in Lake Fausse Point State Park, St. Martinville, La, which is now a firm #1 on my List Of Places To Never Go Fishing. I saw a rattlesnake in Phoenix one time and refuse to even have layovers at that airport ever since.
FUN FACT: That isn’t a child crying in the back of the kayak, it’s live audio of my sobbing terrified reaction watching that gator rise to the surface and realizing it was not a catfish. I wish we could all be as brave as this kid who fought a gator over a lure.