In the race to the finish, Troy is on pace to tag out early. But engine problems suddenly stall the hunt. Troy has no choice but to return to the dock for repairs. As Junior and Willie head to new hunting grounds, they're hopeful momentum will continue to be on their side. But when it's time to bag a beast, Junior realizes he's forgotten the guns. With little room for error, the boys now have to scramble. Bruce and Nick are down to a handful of tags. At their first line, they've got a gator hooked, but when they pull it up, they see it's been mutilated. With so few tags to waste, Bruce has to find the cannibal before his last catch is ruined. R.J. and Jay Paul have an ambitious plan to finish on time: using 2 boats, fishing 150 lines over more territory. To tag out by season's end, they'll need to catch a boatload in a hurry. Joe and Tommy have spent the last few days apart - fishing separately after a fight split them up. Today, the duo is reunited for the final push of the season.
Deep in the heart of Louisiana lies America's largest swamp - a million miles of inhospitable bayous, marshes and wetlands where nature rules and humans struggle to tame it. Many of its inhabitants are the hardened descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Canada in the 18th century and settled in this harsh yet majestic environment. Today, these people are known as the Cajuns, a group renowned throughout the world for their flavorful cuisine, distinctive music and vibrant culture. Resilient, self-reliant and fiercely independent, the Cajuns of the Atchafalaya Swamp still carry on many of their ancestors' trades and traditions.
HISTORY follows these swampers through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season. At its core, this is a uniquely American story of a proud and skillful people fighting to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many perils and trials that stand in their way.