727-pound alligator: Over the weekend, two groups of gator hunters beat the previous record of the largest alligator caught in the state of Mississippi during opening season for hunting.
Alligator hunter, Beth Trammell of Madison, broke the first record with her catch of a 723.5 pound reptile. That eclipsed the previous weight in Mississippi by 26 pounds, according to a September 3 ABC News report.
"When we first saw him, I yelled 'oh my gosh we caught the Loch Ness Monster!' It was totally unbelievable," she said of her record-breaking gator catch that took five hours to hoist into the boat.
However, their celebration was short-lived when the group got word of a 727-pound alligator capture.
Dustin Bockman smashed Trammell's record two hours later. The amateur took just over four hours to land his prize and it was all done on his first catch of the day. Just call it beginner's luck.
"My goal was to get a 10-footer. I couldn't believe it when it was that big," Trammell said of his record 727-pound record-breaking alligator.
It's the first time the state has opened up new territory for open alligator-hunting. Moreover, one official believes this is only the beginning of monster gator catches.
"We expect the records to get broken and these will be broken, as well. Maybe before the end of this season," said Ricky Flint, Mississippi Alligator Program coordinator.
On their record-shattering catches, Trammell and Bockman are already looking forward to next season. Like Flint, they believe the best is yet to come.