Venus is only a short drive from popular Florida destinations such as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, and the Walt Disney World Resort.
1012 New Boot Heel Road
Venus, Florida 33960
Traverse the banks in a pickup truck, or glide through the canals in a boat as you and your guide search for alligator.
Snag your alligator using a heavy-duty rod similar to a fishing pole with a strong line and treble hook attached to it.
Many times a hunter will shoot at an alligator and believe they missed, however, most likely they wounded the alligator, and days later it will float up dead. Snagging not only ensures your success by preventing the alligator from swimming off, but it also is a humane way to hunt.
Keep your eyes on the water for a trail of bubbles—this indicates alligator activity. Once the alligator submerges, cast your line past the alligator and reel it in slowly. As the line gets closer to the alligator, pull the pole forcefully to snag it and follow with a burst of reeling. It may take you a few tries before you snag an alligator!
Once you snag the alligator—it will begin to fight—sometimes thrashing violently under the water. Your goal is to get the alligator as close to the boat or land as possible. Eventually, the alligator gets tired and surfaces. Once the alligator surfaces you attack with your weapon—and without hesitation.
Expect the smallest size alligator in your size-range, and you will not be disappointed if you get something bigger! For example, choose the 6 to 9 foot size range if you will be happy with a 6-foot alligator.
It’s hard to judge how big it is when you only see the head…
We can’t guarantee an exact size alligator as so little of the animal is showing above water. Your guide will look at the distance from the eyes to the tip of the snout to estimate length. Typically, the longer that distance is, the bigger the alligator will be.
Sorry size queens…
If you have your heart set on an exact size alligator, unfortunately, we are not the right guide service for you. Look for outfitters that price alligators by an exact size instead of a size-range.
The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County.
Did you know If you consider participating in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s lottery system for public land hunts, the cost of the tag—if you are selected—is over $1,000.00—not including boat rentals or guides! Public land hunts are seasonal and come with a lot of restrictions. The only weapon allowed is a bang stick, and you’re competing with 3,999 other alligator tag holders. Save yourself time and money when you Book with RGS. Hunt year-round, using any weapon!
We’re looking forward to your visit at Ron’s Guide Service. Please read through this important and helpful information about your experience, including arrival times, what to bring, and more.