Lake Seminole gator sets new record

WALB's Shannon Wiggins and Gary Braswell with the huge gator (Source: Brian Vickery, GA DNR)
WALB's Shannon Wiggins and Gary Braswell with the huge gator (Source: Brian Vickery, GA DNR)

SEMINOLE CO., GA (WALB) - Standing at a whopping 13 feet, 10 and 3/4 inches, a monstrous 620 pound gator with gigantic jaws and paws was spotted on Lake Seminole Wednesday night by Alex Harrell on what began as a duck hunting trip.

Harrell didn't have a permit to kill the gator so he called his friend Gary Braswell to find someone who did.

"He called me and I happened to be in my schedule where I could make it," said Hunter Jim Overman. "I had just arrived home from work it was about six thirty in the evening, by seven o'clock we were at the water ready to go and by 7:15 or so we had the first line in him."

It took four men and Archery equipment to restrain the gator, but it took almost three hours to kill it.

Hunters say this gator was so aggressive that it required several tools to take him down. Its jaws snapped a harpoon in two.

"He stood his ground and he actually blowed up [and] showed a real aggressiveness to us you know, and I was glad we was able to get him," said hunter Gary Braswell.

Overman says the gator even broke an 800 pound test line.

Several spectators came out to watch Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials measure the gator, even kids got a chance to touch him. One DNR official says he's seen a variety of species but this one tops them all.

"I don't know about you but man I'd take me some Advil I was sore as I could be this morning," said Braswell.

They plan to name him.
"we actually thought about naming him snaggle tooth because he's so old he's missing some teeth," said Braswell.

The previous state record was 13 feet and 9 inches.

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