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741-pound alligator breaks Mississippi record set the week before

There must be something in the Mississippi waters, because alligator hunters shattered weight records three times in a week.
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Sept. 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM
Dalco Turner, of Gluckstadt, Miss., and members of his so-called Gatorslayer team, set a state record for heaviest alligator last Sunday, when they caught a beast that weighed a whopping 741.5 pounds.

But their massive find only tied the then-record for length -- 13-feet, 6.5-inches.

“He broke three lines, and I had the only hook that stayed in him the whole time,” Turner said of their attempts to reel in the massive gator from their boat int he Mississippi River.

“It was mass confusion,” fellow Gatorslayer hunter Jennifer Ratcliff said. “As organized as you think you are, when you hook one, everything goes crazy.”

Even more astonishing is the rate at which Mississippi gator hunters are breaking records.

Turner's find broke the record set a week before, when Dustin Bockman, of Vicksburg, Miss., caught a 727-pounder. Bockman, in turn, had broken a record set only an hour before, by Madison's Beth Trammell, with a 723.5-pound alligator.

And just this Tuesday, Ben Walker and his team of hunters finally toppled the record for Mississippi's longest alligator, a 13-foot, 7-inch beast that weighed 690 pounds.

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