VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – There’s a new record alligator in Mississippi and it’s big.
This thing was over 13 feet long and weighed in at 686 pounds.
Tiffany Wienke has hunted alligator before …
“This experience is unlike any other,” said Wienke.
But on Saturday, August 27, 2016, Wienke’s experience was one for the record books.
She, with help from five other people, hooked and killed a monster alligator.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks say the alligator measured over 13 feet, seven inches; beating the last record holder by an eighth of an inch to become the longest gator caught in public water.
“When we put him in the boat we knew he was big. Bigger than any of the six of us good seeing it, caught or hoped to catch but the thought of a record never crossed our minds,” said Wienke.
The gator was caught and killed at Bayou Pierre in Claiborne County near Port Gibson.
“We didn’t realize how much work it was actually going to be to put that nearly 700 pound alligator in this boat,” said Wienke.
Wienke sold the alligator. It will be processed for its meat and skin.
She says it doesn’t pay much, but the hunt is worth it, for the adrenaline rush.
“It is time consuming. Its long hours. We were in the boat for 20 hours Friday night before we went back out Saturday night. But once you hook into something that big and you experience that controlled chaos, you’re at that animal’s mercy,” said Wienke.
Permits for alligator hunting season went on sale back in July.
They sold out very quickly.
The season started on Friday and runs through September 5th in Vicksburg.
Each hunting permit allows the hunter to kill two gators.