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Monstrous Catch! Woman Snags Biggest Alligator in Mississippi

Aug 30, 2016 04:12 AM EDT
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This Vickburg woman ain't your ordinary peach. On Saturday, Tiffany Wienke has made the biggest alligator catch on record in Mississippi.

Spanning 13 feet 7 7/8 inches and weighing 686 pounds, the alligator, as confirmed by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, is one-eighth longer than the previous record.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, Tiffany was with six other alligator hunters when they came across the massive alligator. In an exclusive interview with the news site, Tiffany said they were off the Mississippi River south of Port Gibson and were hunting at Bayou Pierre.

"There were a ton of people and we tried to get away from them," she said. "We were just trolling through the water scanning bank to bank." Few hours after searching, they noticed the alligator with an unusual size.

"He was swimming across the water in front of us so we could see his profile and could see he had a big head. We knew it was a big gator," Wienke recalled.

Wienke, who was only on her third alligator hunting quest said it was the biggest alligator she have ever seen. Her husband was there with her as she catches the predator.

"We'd been fighting him about 30 minutes before we got the first good look at him," she said. "He came up about 5 or 10 feet from the front of the boat. We were all like, 'Oh, my gosh!'"

Catching the reptile was not easy as the behemoth was able to free itself from the first hook. Associated Press reported it took the hunters nearly two hours to catch and kill the alligator.

After catching the alligator, they transported it to land to take photos. Local News WDAM said the boat was only 20 feet long and that the group had to put the alligator head up in one corner, with its tail extending on the opposite deck.

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