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Updated: 08/21/2014 08:00:03AM

‘Gator’ show snags viewers

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Jayson Franklin and his father Andy were featured recently on TV on Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — Extreme Catches."

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Alexia Kirk, manager of the Nav-A-Gator, and the patrons who came to watch the show at a viewing party, all have their eyes glued to the screen.

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Nancy and Dennis Kirk watched the show with their many friends and patrons.

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Kathi and Mike Melcher came from Punta Gorda to get a bite to eat before the show began.



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Nancy Gould and Tom Carrow, of Port Charlotte, came by to watch the show.

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Taking a break after viewing the show, Chelsie Martinez, Jack Palon, Kelly Akers, Josh Wiolland and Susie Zimmerman pose for a photo outside and behind the restaurant. Palon is a cook and the others are waitstaff at the restaurant.

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An assortment of photos taken the day Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — Extreme Catches” was in the area, were on display inside the Nav-A-Gator.

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Whitney Poling and Erika Via, from Arcadia, happened to stop by the Nav-A-Gator and decided to stay and watch the show.

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Dede and Harry Steurt stop by the Nav-A-Gator often and were excited to see the business in the spotlight.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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LAKE SUZY — Arcadia resident Jayson Franklin knows a lot about hunting alligators. That is why when Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — Extreme Catches,” traveled to Arcadia to catch an alligator, he stopped by the Nav-A-Gator Grill in Lake Suzy to chat with him.

Young, Canadian by birth and a professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, spent the better part of the day at the restaurant about a year ago to discover firsthand from local residents how to capture one of the big reptiles.

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