Mississippi gator records are being smashed left and right, and another enormous gator – the biggest to date – has been pulled out of the Mississippi swamplands, reports Yahoo! News on Sept.10. Just weeks after another whopping gator, weighing in at 727 pounds, was caught during the opening weekend of Mississippi's alligator season, this gator bests it by 14 pounds.
The latest record-busting gator is a 13-foot, 6.5-incher, weighing 741.5 pounds, that was caught by hunter Dalco Turner of Gluckstadt, Miss. while fishing Sunday morning on the Mississippi River near Port Gibson.
The gator was so huge it had to be lifted by an excavator. When it was officially weighed, gatorslayers Turner, John and Jennifer Ratcliff of Canton, and Jimmy Greer, also of Canton, had their record – The largest and longest male gator caught in the state of Mississippi.
Turner said it took his crew over two hours to land the gator. “It was around midnight when we initially saw this one,” said Turner. “We passed it by the first time. We really didn’t think he was big enough to go after.”
After getting a second look, the gator team quickly got three hooks and lines on the gator, who then began to tow the boat and crew. The gator was snapping the lines as quickly as the crew could use crossbows to get them on him.
“He broke three lines, and I had the only hook that stayed in him the whole time,” said Turner.
As the gator got near the boat, the 13-foot leviathan began attacking the side of the boat, busting his teeth off as his massive jaws snapped at the hull. The crew knew they would need assistance to bring the gator ashore, since there was no way he would fit in their boat.
“We couldn’t even pull him onto the bank,” said Turner. “We tried to pull him (ashore) with the boat, we tried everything.”
Last week, Beth Trammell of Madison briefly held the record, taking a 723.5-pound gator. Hours later, Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg took the title with his massive 727-pound beast.