Multiple Mississippi state records for alligator hunting was broken twice within a day after two humongous hauls, WLBT-TV reported on Monday.
“He broke all the lines we could put in him,” Dustin Bockman told WLBT about the 727-pound male alligator he caught with help from his brother and a friend Sunday morning, breaking a record set that day. “Finally put a snare on him and got him up high enough and put a shot on him. All in all probably took us four and a half hours to catch him from the first time we saw him.”
Just an hour earlier, Beth Trammell, who was hunting in the Yazoo Diversion Canal, caught a 723.5 alligator — 26 pounds heavier than the previous record-holder.
“It took about four hours to get it in the boat,” Trammell told NBC News. “We had to flag another boat down to help us out it was so big.”
The weight and length record for captured female alligators was also broken over the weekend, as a 295.3 pound, 10-foot long alligator was caught in the Pascagoula River.
Watch WLBT’s report on Bockman’s record capture, aired Monday, below.