Why ‘Swamp People’ Star T-Roy Broussard Compares Alligator Hunting to Bass Fishing

by Jon D. B.

Understatement: The Swamp People icon knows a thing or two about gator hunting and bass fishing. Troy Broussard is, after all, a pro in both fields.

“What we both get from it is being out with God in the great outdoors. You can’t ask for anything more than that in life.”

So says T-Roy Broussard, former Swamp People star and current American outdoors icon. He may have retired from the hit show, but Broussard is as active as ever through his Texas Swamp Stompers empire these days. In fact, the pro-hunter is wrapping up another wildly successful Texas gator season right now.

Back in 2014, however, he was still hookin’ gators for Swamp People. At the time, he would elaborate for BassMaster on the parallels he sees between his two pro-fields: gator hunting and bass fishing.

“Alligators and bass are predators,” he told the outlet. “They both have seasonal patterns. They both look for food the same as opportunistic feeders.”

Knowing these patterns like the palm of his hand, Broussard has made a living out of harvesting both. He currently creates unique, wildly effective fishing lures through his Texas Swamp Stompers business. He’s still giving gator hunting tours in the swamps of coastal Texas, too.

Of his two preferred prey, the Swamp People hunter continues that “They both use deep water routes for travel. A big gator doesn’t like to crawl over shallow cover. It’s the same thing with a big bass.”

Instead, Broussard says “Both animals will use the least amount of energy they can to get a meal.” And as any hunter of either species knows: “They are both going to look for a prime opportunity to feed.”

Cue up the bait, fellas.

‘Swamp People’s Troy Broussard is a Swamp Stomper ‘Til Death

Moreover, the pro-outdoorsman cites the one weakness he’s found in each predator.

“I guess you could say if there is a weakness between alligators and bass it’s the spawn,” he continues for BassMaster. “Bass have to move up and expose themselves in shallow water.”

Likewise, alligators will leave their aquatic hunting grounds to nest in estuaries several feet inland. These giants are excellent builders, and will craft an entire miniature ecosystem for their offspring. This does, however, as the Swamp People icon notes, leave both the mother gator and her eggs vulnerable.

For momma gators, we humans are really the only threat. Well, us and any alligator larger than another. The species’ cannibalism is well-documented – especially in Swamp People.

Their eggs, however, are a whole other story. From raccoons and foxes feasting on their eggs, to herons and other alligators constantly consuming juvenile American alligators – it’s an infinitesimal amount of the little gators that survive to adulthood comparatively to the number of eggs laid. A female gator can lay 50 eggs at a time. On average, only a handful will live to become the 6-to-20-foot monsters Swamp People’s Broussard hunts.

But for Swamp People‘s Troy Broussard, it’s all in a day’s hunt.