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Two Hialeah Men Arrested for Trying To Fish For An Alligator

Let's just start this off with a quandary about the occasional oddness of the English language. There are so few suitable synonyms for "fishing" that immediately bring to mind the actual act of using a rod and line to try to catch something on a hook, but in instances where someone may be using a rod and line to catch something that isn't a fish is it really still "fishing?"

I don't know, but I do know two Hialeah bros got busted for trying to fish --er alligate(?)-- an alligator.

Anibal Delgado Reyes, 46, and Erial Hernandez Diaz, 37, were busted this early week at Holiday Park up in Broward County. The two were spotted by an off-duty Broward Sheriff's Officer reeling attempting to reel in an alligator on a hook-and-line. As the two didn't have a permit to hunt gators, they were charged with second-degree misdemeanors of violating the state's conservation rules.

However, when they appeared before a judge on Wednesday they tried to claim that they were simply trying to fish and ended up alligating on accident.

"Boy, that's some dumb luck, huh? Just accidentally had an alligator," BroCo Judge John "Jay" Hurley said according to The Sun-Sentinel.

"Don't accidentally catch any alligators," Hurley continued. "If you see an alligator, walk away from it. It may accidentally get in the back of your truck. You never know about those alligators."

Hurley however did let the two men go without bond.

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