A Florida fisherman trolling for Tarpon attracted an 11 foot alligator, as it is the heart of mating season, as the angler reeled in his line.
Fisherman, Tommy Lee, noticed some sinister eyes pop up near the fishing line he just cast into the Everglades…suddenly he became the bait.
GoPro video captured the near-death experience when Tommy Lee was Tarpon fishing on May 8.
The 22-year-old was recording himself calmly enjoying a sunrise fishing experience when he noticed an 11-foot bull alligator swimming directly toward him. As Lee backed up, the reptile came ashore and chased him through the brush, nipping at his heels.
It “stalked me then chased me,” he told ViralHog. “The gator appeared much larger and closer in person. It got within 10 feet of me.”
At one heart-pounding moment, Lee tripped and fell to the ground, but quickly regained his footing and continued to back up.
In the two-minute video, you can hear the frazzled fisherman exclaiming, “Jesus Christ. You gotta be careful here.” But as he lost sight of the deadly creature, he retraced his steps following the animal until it splashed back in the water.
“And I am out of here,” Lee said to himself before grabbing his gear and turning off the camera.
Lee uploaded the shocking clip to his YouTube channel, Chum Dumpster, where it amassed 1.2 million views.
By the way, the aggressive alligator is not a surprise this time of year. May and June mark the mating season for the more than one million alligators that live in Florida.