‘Swamp People’: What Do Troy Landry and Rest of Anglers Catch in the Alligator Offseason?

by Joe Rutland

While “Swamp People” fans know Troy Landry and his friends catch plenty of gators, they might wonder what they pick up during the offseason.

Landry, who is one of the most recognizable faces on The History Channel show, addressed those thoughts in an interview with Louisiana Travel.

“Right now, when we’re not busy with alligators, looking for alligators, and looking where we’re going to fish next year,” Landry said, “we are trying to supply the rest of the world with crawfish.”

‘Swamp People’ Anglers Stay Busy Catching, Selling Crawfish

He said that he and his fellow “Swamp People” anglers are out catching and selling crawfish. By the way, if the idea of getting crawfish doesn’t appeal to you, then know it’s a Cajun delicacy.

“That’s what I do in the off-season,” Landry said. “We start in late November, after Thanksgiving, we start trying to catch farm-raised around the Lafayette area, and then in February and early March, we’ll also go in the Atchafalaya Basin in the swamp and catch wild crawfish.

“That’s what we do–we’re trying to feed ’em,” he said. “If not with crawfish, we feed ’em with alligators.”

Landry has been a part of “Swamp People” since it first debuted on The History Channel. Before the show started, though, there was some concern among the gator hunters. They wanted to make sure that what they did for a living was represented well.

Landry, Fellow Gator Hunters Didn’t Want Too Much Of One Part On TV

The show premiered in 2010. But they did not want to offend any of the “Swamp People” viewers by showing too much of one part of their job.

“Mostly I was worried about — I didn’t want them to show too much of the killing part of the alligator,” Landry said. The show does focus on alligator hunting, but the hope was that more of the lifestyle would be shared as well.

“It’s real nasty in the boat; at the end of the day, it gets ugly,” Landry admitted in the interview. “I was really worried they [The History Channel] were going to make it a blood-battle on TV.”

That hasn’t been the case, though. But “Swamp People” viewers hopefully understand that it is a job. It feeds the families of those alligator hunters involved with the show. This is their livelihood.

“Swamp People” reflects the lifestyle of these individuals who live in the swampland areas of Louisiana. The show also will show gator hunters just across the border from Texas doing some gator hunting, too. These hunters become almost like family for some Outsiders. Why? Because the show is must-see TV for its many fans. Who wants to miss hearing Troy yell “Choot’Em!” when they get near making a kill?