A few days into the shortened season, a problem arises. The result of the hurricane caused a lack of oxygen that killed a large amount of catfish. This is free food for gators, and the hunters must work around this. Troy and Brandon move far away where the fish are still alive. This works good, and they are able to get some good gators. Hunters in the same area, T-Roy and Bigfoot try to entice the gators, but this fails. They are only able to get one small gator, nothing good enough for the bet with Troy.
Liz and her daughter Jessica have the same problem, and they decide to fish with a treble hook to get the gators. Doing this, they catch a massive gator that takes multiple headshots to kill. Just starting their season, hunters new to the show David LaDart and Jeromy Pruitt hunt for a massive, 50 year old gator called the Beast of the East. Where they hunt, gators are more scarce, so they have a lot fewer tags. Although they do not get it, they do get a few gators.