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A ride-along with S. Louisiana gator hunters

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Two gator hunters make several catches in Louisiana.

As the sun shines on the glassy waters of the Calcasieu River, it's just another day at the office for alligator hunters Charlie Ledoux and Terry O'Blanc.    

"This is how we make our living," Ledoux says, "We are not doing it just for fun. We enjoy it but it is part of our living."

Ledoux owns guided ventures and has been working the water from Lake Charles to Hecker all his life.

Up and down the river they check their lines, and so the work begins. Charlie rebaits the line for it seems they've been outsmarted by a momma gator.

"We've been after a sow in her - she chomps it a little bit to let her babies feed on it and she won't swallow the hook," Ledoux says, "We got a secret weapon we are baiting with."

And it's going to stay a secret at least for now.

Deep in the swamp a few lines down, they've been robbed yet again.  

It's not easy-- that's why they call it hunting.

But third line's the charm.

"He's right beside that stump," Ledoux said, "He's tangled. He got himself tangled up."

With nowhere to go, there's a brief struggle before the kill

A good six footer, he's a worthy catch.

Tagged, they drop him and will pick him up later.

All it take is one and the bayou boys are on a roll. Down in English Bayou, a five-footer awaits.

As he tags their third catch, Charles explains their value, "This gator right here is a fine gator for the size that is the best for belts, wallets and purses."

Time is running out; Friday, their season closes.

Over on the Westlake side several of their lines still untouched; then came the big catch of the day, At eight feet--he's a keeper.

"Nice gator," Ledoux exclaimed, "He's not the big poppa we are looking for but we have seen another one. We seen him flash on the banks."

In the video, look close. You'll see his head popping up for just a few. He's estimated to be at least 10 feet, but he'll remain elusive.

"He might have him a hole too," Ledoux explained, "He might be up underneath them roots over there."

But they're not complaining. With five more down it's been a good day on the river.

"There's a lot of big ones out there that we haven't got," Ledoux says, "We can't get them all."

And as the season comes to a close, there's always next year.

Ledoux says he expects to have close to 5000 pounds of meat ready to sell to buyers once the season is closed.

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