Crocodile Teaches Fisherman Why You Don’t Fish in Floodwaters

Written by Opal
Updated: October 10, 2022
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While you can still go fishing in flood water, one fisherman shows us why it may not be the best idea. The catadromous fish species barramundi, also known as Asian sea bass, belongs to the family Latidae of the order Perciformes. This is what man was fishing for after a flood in his local area. 

He may not have caught any barramundi, but he did make the catch of a lifetime. About 25 seconds into the video of murky, brown water, one of the fishermen’s poles starts to bend as he attempts to reel in whatever is on the other end. 

With flapping on the water’s surface, the group starts to see that their friend may not have caught a fish at all. Instead, a giant crocodile appears! We’re unsure whether the fisherman caught the croc on his hook, or if the apex predator was going after whatever he did catch. 

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Australian Freshwater Crocodile in a river.
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The typical saltwater crocodile may reach a length of 17 feet and weigh over 1,000 pounds. They can, however, reach a height of 23 feet and weigh more than 2,200 pounds! That is more than twice as long as an African wild elephant! It might make you squirm knowing that this croc was longer than the boat the men were standing on! 

It is not uncommon for crocodiles to swim in flood water. After all, to them, it’s just more space to roam. Crocodiles rarely attack humans unless they have good reason to. Thankfully, this group of anglers wasn’t on the croc’s menu that day. 

One of the comments under the video says, “This is the reason why you don’t put your hands in the water when fishing in murky waters. They’ll be watching you the whole time just waiting for the right time to strike.” They make a good point – never put any of your limbs in unclear waters, as you never know what’s below the surface. 

Another person writes, “This is what makes fishing in flooded rivers and creeks so unpredictable, you never know what type of hungry predators will grab your bait and possibly pull your fishing pole into the water if it’s not secured well enough.” 

Have you ever gone fishing in flood waters? It all depends on where you live when it comes to what could be under the surface. People living in the middle of Utah, for example, can rest assured there won’t be any crocs under the surface. 

Check out the shocking video below and be sure to replay the part where the crocodile shows these men who’s the boss in the water. There are a handful of interesting articles and videos about these creatures up next! 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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