Catch Of A Lifetime
POSTED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 4:44pm
Most of Florida's 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.