they got larger snappers down there and gators to boot
haha, yeah... back where I'm from we had big old snappers, no gators, but definitely had water moccasins... I'd come face to face with a snapper over a water moc any day.
Noodling is something I'd definitely observe, but can't say I'd go out of my way to try.
Who knows, maybe next time I'm down there someone will convince me. I'm easily persuaded sometimes.