Nabbing 697½-pound gator a record thrill

By The Associated Press

FITLER, Miss. (AP) — Four hunters knew there was a huge ‘gator in the wetlands where they had hunting permits. He gave them a scare before they killed him, but they wound up with a state record — 697.5 pounds.

After being hooked, the gator sat on the bottom. When it came up for air, it surfaced under the boat. Jim Reed of Greenville tells The Clarion-Ledger that depending on who’s talking, the gator either rocked or nearly sank the boat.

From first hook to final gunshot took two hours, with another 2 1/2 to wrestle the beast to shore and lash its head to the boat trailer.

Reed, Tom Grant, of Cleveland, Kenny Winter, of Greenville, and Michael Robbers of Palos Verdes, Calif., broke the old record by 7 pounds.