April 12, 2011 at 11:03pm
Great video Eric. I've been fishing Alligator Snapping Turtles for about 30 years. Have caught plenty over 100 lbs. One thing I have learned is that it is easy to fish them out of a certain area.If you find a canal with turtles you can catch every last turtle in a few weeks. Now, with that being said, If you find a spot with turtles and only catch a few a year, you can catch them year after year for many,many years. You can look at the rows of spurs on their backs and if they are wore down, it is an indication that there is a lot of turtles in the area because during the winter they pile up on top of each other in caves underground. They live a LONG time. I caught one 150 lbs. with a flint arrow head embedded in his shell. I caught another 150 lb. with a round musket ball embedded in his shell. They also have a great homing instinct. I caught a 25 lb. turtle once about 2 miles back off the highway in an old logging canal. I brought him home and tagged him and that evening I turned him loose right off the highway.Two days later I caught him 2 miles from where I released him at the same spot I originally caught him.