A group of Mississippi hunters killed a gator of a lifetime, while they were out hunting the Mississippi River. The beast weighed over 750 lbs and was well over 14 ft. It was defiantly more than they were expecting and it is a hunt none of the men will forget.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, the team, which included Bryan Burnside of Brandon, Anthony Acy of Sand Hill, Colby Acy of Sand Hill and Stephen Brady of Brandon had already caught two gators that evening, but neither was over 12 feet long and both were released. But their luck quickly changed.
“We traveled 200, 300 feet up from the last one when we saw this one,” Burnside said. “We knew it was a good alligator.”
“He kind of turned and came straight toward the boat, which is unusual. Anthony casted and Stephen casted and they both hooked up at the same time. They couldn’t move him. He was just a dead-weight monster. Then we set Colby up on the deck and he got on him. We had three rods on him at that point in time.”
The three hunters were able to get the gator close enough to the boat that Burnside could get a snare on him, but that’s when the wheels fell off.
“Sure enough, he started wrapping up the lines,” Burnside said. “The snare popped off, two hooks came out and we only had one hook in him — only one. He pulled down so hard he actually made water come in the boat. Nobody panicked, but we thought there was a good possibility he would get away with only one hook on him.”
The hunters reacted quickly in an effort to salvage a quickly-deteriorating situation.
“We got another hook on him and seconds later we got a third hook on him,” Burnside said. Once again, the hunters were able to get the gator close enough to snare, but this time everything went right. “I got the snare on him,” Burnside said. “Anthony got a second snare on his leg. “We made sure we had complete control before we dispatched him because we didn’t want to lose him.”
Once the hunters loaded the alligator into the boat, they began to understand it’s size. “I said he was between 750 and 850 pounds,” Burnside said. “Every one of us was guessing he was about 800 pounds.”
“I thought he would hit the 13-foot mark,” Burnside said. “Thirteen feet, 8 inches is what we came up with in the boat, but we couldn’t straighten him out. So, I didn’t want to get my hopes up.”
At that length, the alligator would have beaten the state record for longest male alligator in public water by ⅛ inch, so they contacted the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Alligator Program coordinator Ricky Flynt to officially measure and weigh the giant. That’s when Burnside knew what he had.
“We were watching it,” Burnside said. “When he went over 13-feet, 8-inches, I was like, “Oh my.”
The gator officially measured 14 feet, ¾ inches with a belly girth of 69 inches and a tail girth of 43 inches. It weighed 766½ pounds.
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