A whopping 920-pound alligator was captured from an Alabama lake, setting a gator record for the largest alligator to be caught out of Lake Eufaula in Alabama. A father and son, along with a third man, made the kill back on August 14, the opening day of alligator hunting season.
Writes USA Today on Aug. 24: “It took six men to pull in and secure the 13-foot, 6-inch alligator. The reptile was caught by friends Scott Evans, Jeff and Justin Gregg on August 14. Apparently, the alligator got out of the first hook. Evans and his friends continued to follow it about another 75 yards and hooked it for the second time.”
“This is a dream, and was something we would only dream about getting,” Jeff Gregg said. “We’re really blessed. In the South they’re the largest predator that we have, they’re magnificent creatures.”
Gregg said he and his son, along with their friend, used a Lake Eufaula guide to navigate protected areas of the lake, which runs from the Chattahoochee River along the border between Alabama and Georgia. The trio saw several gators – including some up to six feet long – but were holding out for a big catch.
“We went to get a big gator,” Gregg said. “We were going to take as long as it took to get the right gator, and just by luck within 30 minutes out in the lake we saw it.”
The monster gator was in the middle of the waterway, and the men used a fishing pole equipped with a three-prong hook to snag the alligator. But the gator broke free from their initial attempts to hook it. After trying unsuccessfully to hook the gator, the men managed to hit it with several harpoons before killing it with a hunting knife to the head.
“Then we dispatched him using a 5-inch knife,” Gregg said. “It is really, really rare to just hop in the boat and find one this big. Last time we hunted for three days straight and were only able to find a nine footer.”
“It was surreal. We weren’t expecting anything that big,” Evans added.
Adds Fox Sports: “It’s believed to be the second heaviest alligator ever hunted in Alabama behind a 1,011.5-pound gator caught last year that set a world record at 15 feet and nine inches (that gator cheated, though, with approximately 115 pounds of that coming from a deer in the gator’s stomach).”
The men said that the alligator will produce approximately 250 pounds of meat. Evans said they are planning a Labor Day cookout, and that nothing will go to waste.
“I’m going to do a full body mount, and he’s probably going to be put in my trophy room in my house,” Gregg said, adding that he plans to make jewelry out of the claw and teeth and sell them at his Birmingham jewelry store.