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Updated: April 13, 2016

WATCH: Fisherman gets a huge shock when he reels in this frightening catch

By Chelsea Todaro

The Palm Beach Post

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. —

A man got a big surprise when he went fishing with his child in the murky waters of Louisiana.

While filming on his GoPro at Lake Fausse Point State Park, Lance Burgos thought he hooked a catfish on his fishing line but instead caught a huge alligator.

“Oh my God! That’s a big (expletive) gator!” Burgos screams in the video as he pulls up the reptile. He is then seen pedaling for dear life on his boat as his child behind him is heard crying.

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At one point in the video, the child tries to grab the fishing line before the gator appears, which got a lot of viewers’ attention.

“So glad you and your child are safe,” commented one viewer. “Directing your child to be careful and not reach out to grab the line was a wise move!”

On Sunday, Burgos posted the heart-pounding footage to YouTube, where it has already received more than 2.7 million views.

“Kayaking and camping at Lake Fausse Point State Park, St. Martinville, La., will never be the same,” Burgos wrote as a caption for the video. 

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