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Alligator trapper bags massive beast!

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POSTED: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 12:34pm

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 thirdteen 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.

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