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Treasure Valley fishing pro hooks a gator while practicing in Mississippi

Darrell Ocamica of New Plymouth caught an alligator during a recent fishing day in Mississippi.
Darrell Ocamica of New Plymouth caught an alligator during a recent fishing day in Mississippi. Courtesy of Darrell Ocamica

Idaho bass fishing pro Darrell Ocamica of New Plymouth was pre-fishing this week for a tournament later this season in Mississippi when he hooked an unusual whopper: an alligator.

I saw the photos on Facebook and asked Ocamica to share a quick story about them. Here’s what he emailed me:

“So many alligators. I thought I would see a lot in Florida but there are way more here at Ross Barnett (Reservoir) in Jackson, Mississippi. I was throwing a frog, as you see in the pic, and got a little too close and he snapped at it and got it.”

Ocamica will return to Ross Barnett for a Bassmaster Elite Series event April 27-30. The next major event is the Bassmaster Classic on March 24-26 in Texas.

Ocamica made the cut and finished 50th in his first event on the Elite Series. He missed the cut and finished 99th in his second event.

Here’s a profile we ran on Ocamica earlier this year.

Ocamica of New Plymouth shares his favorite lake and offers a tip on strategy.

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