Cajun Dynamic Duo
Alligator hunting is about as native to Louisiana as eating crawfish or serving up a delicious hot pot of gumbo.
For the past seven years, the History Channel original series Swamp People has highlighted some of the most engaging alligator hunters on the Bayou as they spend alligator season wrestling and hunting the large reptiles.
Two such characters, fast becoming popular since they first appeared in season seven of the hit show, are Gerard “Gee” Singleton and Robert “Frenchy” Crochet.
Frenchy and Gee have known each other for 25 years, so when Frenchy was approached by the producers of the show, he knew who he would need as his partner.
“I wanted Gee,” explains Frenchy. “Because Gee is a hard worker and he knows the water.”
Dubbing themselves “Salt and Pepper,” the two fell right in step with each other’s work ethic. It didn’t take long until they were like old fishing mates. “We can look at each other and read each other and think the same without ever opening our mouths. And that’s when you know you’ve got the team.”
Gee agreed to team up and appear on the show together, though he was initially skeptical of his good friend’s offer. “After I talked to them and knew they were serious, I came to Gee and asked if he wanted to be on Swamp People. He kind of looked at me like ‘Man, you blowing smoke up my ass!’” Frenchy laughs.
On–screen they come across as two of the most likable, good-hearted guys you’d ever meet, and the same is true in person. Both hunt and fish to provide for themselves, and their family and friends.
This hospitable attitude is just part of how they were raised. “You do good for people, people around here give back,” Gee explains.
While they’re not hunting alligators the other 11 months of the year, they each enjoy their pastimes. Gee has taken up an interest in racing boats and travels between five different states to enter races.
When asked what his pastime is, Frenchy answers simply, “Hunting.” He explains this is how they grew up . “That’s how we were taught here. To live off the land providing food for your family and for your friends.”
While both are self-proclaimed excellent cooks, they convey an interesting concept when cooking food you’ve killed. “Something died or gave up a life to make this meal,” Frenchy expounds. “When you put it on a stove, pay attention to it. This is a gift and should be shared. And you should be thankful for receiving it.”
They have a Facebook page and website, though Frenchy half-jokes, “I can read the water a lot better than I can read that computer.”
Being on Swamp People has brought them attention not only from their native Louisiana but from all over the world. They’ve had people reach out to them on Facebook as far away as Africa, though Gee laughs, “I can’t understand their language.” Nonetheless, they are grateful for the love they’ve received.
Gee and Frenchy recently wrapped up filming season 8 of Swamp People which is expected to air on the History Channel in February 2017.
For more information or to connect, check out their website gatorfrenchy.com or their Facebook page “Frenchy and Gee with Swamp People.”