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    I'm sure this has happened to most everyone, but...

    it's a first for me.

    Fishing Fairhope pier, usual crappie jig set-up, get bit by a 17" flounder. The current is pulling my net under the pier (can't see it) so I ask a nearby fisherman for help.

    "Sure, no problem... that's a gator." (me, it's a nice flounder but it's not a "gator")

    he says, no... I'm talking about the alligator.

    um... what?
    Sure enough, I look over the rail and a little 2ft alligator is trying to take my flounder.

    It's apparently been spotted hanging out in the marina, and I guess he got tired of waiting for the restaurant to open. Luckily the net chased him off but I suspect he'll try again.
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    As if the sharks weren't bad enough, now we got gators after our fish. Good story.

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    Iím going to Fairhope pier tonight to try your crappie jig method. Hope you donít mind me stealing your idea. Although I have used it on Spanish at GSSP.
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    The alligators at Meaher Park relish a chartreuse styrofoam float. Just Sayin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HobieKen View Post
    I’m going to Fairhope pier tonight to try your crappie jig method. Hope you don’t mind me stealing your idea. Although I have used it on Spanish at GSSP.

    yep yep. Do it and lettuce know how it went. I had around 30 small white trout and maybe 10 little (8") Specks last time, the flounder was the only think worth mentioning.

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    Didnít catch anything, didnít see a whole lot of catching. I also had to leave earlier than I planned. Nice evening outdoors however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HobieKen View Post
    Didn’t catch anything, didn’t see a whole lot of catching. I also had to leave earlier than I planned. Nice evening outdoors however.
    without knowing when you went, i can tell you that I'm almost never there before midnight, and prefer the 2am - 4am timeline. I have a buddy who said he fished 'in the area" last night and described it as lethargic, windy with brown water and a timid bite.

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    Never in salt water, but all the time at a place called Lake Bill Waller in Columbia MS. Gators are a nuisance there. I was laying back jigging crappie near some Lilly pads one fine evening from my little ole 14ft flat bottom with a 6hp evinrude, the dang gator that surfaced next to me was over half the length of my darn boat. I don't fish from a boat there anymore, just the docks, but gators still mess with bobbers.
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    How fast can you run. I've seen this before on Hilton Head Island golf course ponds.

    pic.twitter.com/8r5DbF4HOg
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