12-Foot Alligator Killed First Day of Hunting Season In Florida
By Fox News // August 19, 2018
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – A Florida-based outfit pulled in a giant 12-foot, 360-pound alligator during the state’s first day of alligator hunting.
Captain Tim Land of Land & Sea Charters in Pensacola, Fla., caught the giant gator with his crew in the Choctawhatchee Bay on Wednesday night – the day the season kicked off.
“Night one is the holy grail,” Land said to the Pensacola News Journal.
“If you get week one alligator tags, that’s the one everybody wants. Because after this, they’ve been messed with for a week. So you get on a gator that hasn’t been messed with and stressed and pushed, the more chances you have to be successful.”
Originally, Land said he was trying to nab a small alligator.
“We were actually messing with a smaller alligator when we looked up to see this one out in the middle of the river,” Land said. “Basically, I snatched the alligator with a Cobia rod. Snatched him, fought him for a little while, and then we threw the weighted treble hook like Willie throws it on ‘Swamp People,’ so we call it the Willie hook.”
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Impressive 12 foot 3 inch alligator caught this week in Walton County according to B.J. Etscheid (seen on the left). B.J. says he was with Scott Bradley and legendary alligator captain Tim Land on opening night around midnight when they snagged the 360 pound giant. pic.twitter.com/gIq5FSNYqN
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