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Gator hunters take to the waters after Isaac delay

Randall Leblanc looks over the side of the boat after hauling in a few alligators. Randall Leblanc looks over the side of the boat after hauling in a few alligators.
SPRINGFIELD, LA (WAFB) -

It's a 7 a.m. start in Springfield for Randall LeBlanc and his helper Mr. Ted as they check the lines, hoping there's a gator waiting. But the bait's not down at every line.

"The stink of the water. It's hard for them to smell your bait and everything," said LeBlanc.

That's just one of the problems hunters in Louisiana are dealing with after Hurricane Isaac.

LeBlanc and Mr. Ted manage to drag in an almost 10-foot alligator, worth about $300 into the boat. LeBlanc has 44 tags to fill during the month long season. Even after Hurricane Isaac has moved on, these hunters still have challenges.

"Just high water, when it comes in. Puts gators out to dry land, out of here," said LeBlanc.  "Dead animals they feed on them. They won't bite on our hooks."

When the lines on the main canal aren't hooking what they hoped, they head to their own honey hole where they've grabbed a big gator before; the Amite River Swamp.

LeBlanc says this year's catch is slim compared to previous years, but if a gator is on the hook, you have to keep it.

"If you get him on a line, you gotta take him. You can't choose ‘em. You gotta take every size you catch," says LeBlanc.

Tuesday, the duo caught an 11-footer, worth close to $400. LeBlanc is hoping bigger gators make their way back to his territory.

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