Firstly, I fully understand gators need their space to not feel threatened, but hear me out. You're in a creek with anomalously high numbers of bait, and ahead of you is a 7 foot long gator sunning on a mud bank at low tide. The creek bends, and is wide enough for you to pass by at 20-25 feet and potentially leave mr scaly sunning and unthreatened. Does that give reptar enough space, or is turning back the only practical option? In my recent experience, the gator slid into the water when we got about 100 feet away... a gator you can't see is like a spider you can't see and I split. I've also got a tarpon that sits down kinda close to the water and would feel more comfortable sitting higher up on a Larry chair - is this rational and/or safer or just something that would make me feel comfortable and more aware of my surroundings? Feel free to share opinions, but personal experiences and articles would be even better. Thanks y'all!
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