C'mon man. Alligators are not T. rex. Or Godzilla. Holy crap. A couple of people are killed each year by Florida's more than 1 million alligators. Almost invariably it is someone swimming in a grass-choked canal (really?!?), often during breeding season (unlike many reptiles, alligator mothers are fiercely protective of their offspring). My concern about being attacked by an alligator is....zero. Zero. And rightly so. You can't worry about things with such a low chance of occurrence. You'd have to start worrying that the ground you are standing on is going to open up.
FL law enforcement and wildlife people do pay attention to alligators that hang around people areas, because it give them a chance to justify killing a large animal for fun. But let's get serious about the facts. The odds of being attacked, in a dinghy
or in the water, are just infinitesimally small. Unless you swim in a grass-choked canal, and then it goes up to just absurdly small.
If you want to find bass in FL, Okeechobee is no longer the premier location. But if you can't catch bass in any body of water Florida, you should just hang it up. Any drainage ditch will have huge bass in it. Bass-R-Us.