There is more than one way to catch a fish.
A Florida fishing experience did not turn out as a father expected for his young son. As the child spun around in a fish, an alligator appeared out of nowhere, stole the catch, and threw the rod into the water.
Fortunately, it does not appear that anyone was injured in the incident.
Sean McMahon took his 7-year-old son Dawson fishing in the family’s backyard in Palm Coast when the incident occurred. McMahon was filming as his son struggled to bring back a bar, which was a good fight.
As Dawson finally lifted the fish out of the water, an alligator suddenly surfaced and grabbed the fish. The alligator not only stole the fish, but also threw the entire fishing rod into the water.
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Fortunately, Dawson let go and was not injured, although he appeared to be suitably frightened by the incident.
McMahon posted the video on his Facebook page with a disclaimer.
“Alligator alert,” he wrote. “Dawson caught a bass tonight and out of nowhere an alligator came in, ate the bass and tore his perch in the water.”
This video is just the latest incident to remind people how important it is to be aware of their surroundings near bodies of water in alligator country.
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Fox News reported in August on a TikTok video uploaded by a user named CapeCoral.Jade in the Florida Everglades, a swampy area where alligators live. The video began with a man standing near the water’s edge, using a decoy to try and catch a fish.
As the camera continues to film, someone mentions that the fish (a boy) appears to have disappeared. As the fisherman continues to use the lure, the person filming suddenly notices a shape in the water.
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Much to the group’s surprise, a large alligator sat a few feet away from them, partially camouflaged by the muddy swamp water.