Calcasieu River gator hunt fruitful as season closes - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu River gator hunt fruitful as season closes


With just three days left in gator season, Charlie LeDoux with Guided Ventures is looking to fill his quota. LeDoux, along with his friend Terry O'Blanc, hunt the Calcasieu River from Lake Charles to Hecker.

"We run lines up and down the river. Some days are better than others - you don't always catch the big ones," LeDoux said.

The first few lines checked were robbed of the meat. LeDoux explained that a momma gator has been outsmarting them all season.

"We've been after a sow for a while now. She chomps it a little bit to let her babies feed on it and she won't swallow the hook. We got a secret weapon we are baiting her with," said LeDoux.

On Monday, LeDoux managed to haul in six gators, including a 12-footer. Tuesday morning's hunt nabbed five good sized catches ranging from five to eight-feet-long.

LeDoux tags the gators and rebaits the lines with special meat. "We can't tell you what we use ... It's a secret, but those gators sure do like it."

LeDoux said while the hunt and chase for the big reptiles is exciting - it's as much about the business as it is about the sport.

"Gator skin can make a lot of belts, shoes and wallets. And the meat is great eating and according to some experts the most digestible meat. We don't waste nothing from hide to the bone to the meat we sell it all," LeDoux said.

Calcasieu is zoned on the west end season which ends Thursday, October 4. LeDoux still has one tag left of his 27 before he calls it quits for this season.

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