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World's largest gator caught and finally in record books

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LUFKIN, TX - A group of hunters from Texas now hold the world record for the largest American alligator caught legally.

Justin Wells, of Bossier City, Louisiana, along with his three friends, Ryan Haltom, Tommy Bass and Jarrett Janus, caught the gator seven years ago in the Chalk Creek.

But it was not until this year they were recognized for the massive catch. The group who caught it spent years trying to get it recognized as the "world's largest."

The Safari Club International officially named the 880-pound alligator as the world's largest American alligator caught legally. The 14-foot-8-inch alligator has since been mounted.

Haltom explains how they caught the massive gator:

"We hook a gator. The gator dives down and wraps up in the line on the bottom. We can't get him to surface," Haltom writes.
"We don't know how big he is - or IF he's alive. We go in (the water) anyway."

The group used a John Deere tractor to later move the gator out of the water.


-- Info from WKRG-TV


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