One Great Big Catch!
Posted by Benjamin Dona on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 2:49pm.
There is not a day that goes by while I am out showing clients properties when the question arises about alligators in the various waterways. Naturally, I give them all the same stern warning about what to expect and remind them they must be sure to keep children and small pets away from the waters unattended. Having been here for 14 years now and being an avid outdoorsman (fishing, camping and trekking), I've seen my fair share of both alligators and crocodiles in the wild. And, unfortunately, we've had more than a few fatalities and mutilations over the years.
So, when I saw this item in the newspaper this morning, I thought you all might like to see it. Seems a guy up in the Orlando area was out on the last day (November 1st) of alligator hunting season on Lake Washington and snagged a state record catch. It measured 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches in length and weighed 654 pounds. The previous record was 14 feet, 5/8-inch. It was also a little shy of the heaviest weight record, which is 1,043 pounds dating back to 1989 on a gator taken from Orange Lake just south of Gainesville.
I hope this post/photo will help drive home the point of my warnings that in Florida, you must always be aware of your surroundings.
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