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Local Trapper Lands Huge Gator

6:42 PM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Most nuisance alligators are small in the four to six foot range, but P.J. Gaither landed a big one that was nearly 13 feet long.

The big catch happened Sunday in Oceanway in waters where construction workers also need water access. That is why the state issued a permit for the gator to be captured.

"We had a couple of attempts on this gator. At one point, we did put a hook into him, he just kept going and kept going. There was nothing slowing him down," said Gaither when recounting the three-hour struggle with the gator.

The gator has since been processed for its meat, which the state allows to help compensate trappers who are only paid $30 for gators they capture dead or alive.

Gaither estimates that this gator weighed nearly 900 pounds and may have been 50 years old.

The first-year trapper never expected to catch a gator this big.  "It was such a rare opportunity," said Gaither.

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