Posts Tagged ‘RJ’

The episode was called Deadly Chill because a cold front came to the area making it very difficult, if not impossible, to hook any gators. RJ and Jay Paul and Chase and Jacob were the two teams that seemed the most affected by the cold.

Rj and Jay Paul haven’t been on for awhile. We think it’s because they had to show the Texans before they had to go back to Texas. Anyway, they shot a huge gator in open water and had to hurry to get it. It was only stunned and¬† it was pretty exciting there until they shot it again and got it into their boat. RJ used a lot of language, but the difference with RJ is that he knew he was using language that he doesn’t normally use (and you get the impression he would prefer not to use it) and was kind of apologizing for it. Since the cold front came in and the gators weren’t biting, RJ got the male parts from the gator they just caught to use as bait. The idea was that if another male gator caught the scent of those male parts in his territory, it would enrage him and he would attack – and get hooked. It worked, and they got well over a 700 pound male alligator. That’s a pretty smart technique and one the RJ learned from previous generations. That’s one good thing about all of these hunters. They aren’t just on their own starting from scratch. There is a long tradition before them and they are smart enough to listen and learn from their elders.

Chase and Jacob dealt with their problem in a different way. They found a hidden warm spot behind a levee. They scouted out the area and counted 9 big gators right off the bat. To clear a path, they had to cut down 40-50 trees with their chain saw and a machete. It took them 2 hours of hard work. Our dad sometimes has to cut down trees and you can bet that cutting that many trees in that short a time is back breaking work. Then Jacob had to get going 30 mph to get over 50 yards, jumping the levee. Well, he didn’t quite make it – he knew the distance was too great, but he didn’t get hurt either. He got far enough that the two boys could fairly easily pull the boat to the other side. They caught a lot of large gators with an average length of around 8 feet, so their risk and effort really paid off for them. Troy was probably real proud of them.

Bruce and Ron are having a better season than it was looking like they might have. This episode, they were hunting for a cannibal gator who was ruining their catches. They did finally catch it sleeping and it was huge with its belly stuffed with alligator meat most likely. It kind of reminded us of the story of Little Red Riding Hood with the wolf’s belly stuffed full. They didn’t show Bruce giving Tyler his zebra cakes, but he probably did since it was such a good catch.

Last, but definitely not least, Glenn was on the show. The water had receded from his house but he was still on his porch swing alone. Luckily, he has a good and faithful friend named TK. TK came over and they went squirrel hunting together. One funny thing is when they were setting off, Glenn’s dogs were coming along and Glenn said, “Come on, turds.” He called his dogs “turds” and it was pretty amusing. All in all, it was a pretty satisfying show.

Last night we watched the last episode of Swamp People where Liz, RJ and Jay Paul, and Troy tagged out. Unfortunately, Bruce wasn’t able to tag out, but he tried really hard. He just had a really bad season apparently. This episode was a very good one, but we didn’t like the fact that they were turning the show into a contest between RJ and Troy. RJ was trying to earn the title “King of the Swamp” by catching 500 alligators in the whole season. It’s really cool that he was able to catch that many alligators in just thirty days, but we still think that Troy should be the king of the swamp because his last gator was 13′ 7”, and RJ’s was 13′. Also, Troy caught 470 gators total, which is only 30 less gators than RJ. Troy took a whole day off to help a buddy and we think that counts for a lot too because he did it in the last week of the season. He knew it meant he might not tag out, but it was more important to him to help another person than to help himself.

We don’t like the fact that RJ is always saying he’s the king of the swamp. He might just be joking, but we don’t know for sure and we like Troy so we don’t like RJ saying he’s better than him. RJ also sometimes brags about himself but I think he’s definitely¬†joking then because he’s always smiling like he’s being joking.

The show never said who was the king of the swamp. I guess they left that up to the watcher to decide. To us, Troy’s the King of the Swamp, but we hope they quit making the show a competition. It isn’t necessary and it kind of ruins the show.

by Dink and John