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Massive gator caught on South Georgia lake

(Source: Trae Sims) (Source: Trae Sims)
LAKE BLACKSHEAR, GA (WALB) -

A lucky hunter in Cordele captured one of the largest gators in Georgia history. You may think twice about swimming in Lake Blackshear after seeing the 13-foot long, 660 lb. monster.

It took six men and a truck just to move him around. Chad Young and his friends loaded up his trophy gator Thursday morning. But the fight to get him in the truck was much different than the fight Wednesday night in the water.

"Basically it was like taking a full size truck and hooking it to your boat. I mean he had plenty of power and he didn't slow down for a while," said tag holder Chad Young.

Young and a friend hit Lake Blackshear near the mouth of the Flint River just after 7 p.m., and drove towards the gator thinking it was 7 or 8 feet long.

"We pulled him up to put another line in him and we seen the size of his head and he actually pulled his head over into the boat. That's when we knew we had to have way more help," said Young.

Luckily, help arrived. The gator ended up measuring slightly longer than 13 feet, and tipping the scales at more than 650 pounds. It took more than four hours and six shots to finally get the gator to give up.

"I wouldn't say scared, but I was more nervous about losing him than anything. It was quite impressive. The amount of power he had for the length of time he had. It was ridiculous," said Young.

The gator was just below state records, but Young is satisfied with his hunt.

"I'm happy as I could be. That's probably one of the best times I've had hunting period," said Young.

He hopes to get another gator before the season ends Sunday.

The group plans to skin the gator at Huey Taxidermy in Cordele and have the head mounted.

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