While the gator in the video is not all that big, it’s still large enough to be intimidating. So I can’t blame the kid at all for dropping the pole on the ground and backing away from the gator as quickly as he could.
Shoutout to the dad for being so encouraging to his son and keeping his cool as the gator shot out of the water so close to his kid. Luckily the gator appeared to be laser-focused on the fish and did not appear to be interested in acting aggressively towards the young fisherman.
Good thing the camera was rolling because this is one of those fishing stories people might not believe without the footage to back it up.