A 727-pound alligator caught over the weekend is a record breaker, it's the biggest alligator to ever be pulled out of the Mississippi River. Weighing in at 727-pounds, this alligator broke a record that was in place for only a few hours. According to The Inquisitr on Sept. 3, a group of folks had pulled a 723-pound alligator out of the Mississippi just a few hours before this one!
What's up with the giant size alligators these days. The previous record for an alligator pulled out of the Mississippi was 697.5-pounds. Alligator hunting is usually limited to a small group of people and your name is pulled by lottery if you are one of the lucky ones who get to participate in any given year.
According to Ricky Flint, the Mississippi Alligator Program coordinator, the state's alligator hunting system has opened up to allow more folks than ever to hunt these creatures and with more folks hunting than ever before, he expects this new record to get broken at any time. The more folks hunting, the better the chances for the big alligators to get pulled out of the river. It sounds like the laws of averages are at work here.
Dustin Brock is the amateur alligator hunter who wrangled the more than 13-foot long alligator to shore. While his alligator was the biggest ever caught in the Mississippi River as far as weight goes, it was just inches shy of the longest ever caught in the area. In 2008 a 13'6.5” alligator was captured.
Hours earlier, Beth Trammel and her team set the record with a 723-pound alligator, which took about five hours and three people to get into shore. Can you image the surprise on the fans of alligator hunting when Trammel's record catch lasted only a few hours? These huge beasts are not something you want to come across while alone in the wild!