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Record-Breaking Alligator Caught in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An alligator hunter nabs the catch of the week--an 1100 pound, nearly 14-foot gator.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An alligator hunter nabs the catch of the week--an 1100 pound, nearly 14-foot gator.

"(It’s) not a good attitude for a hunter to go out expecting not to get one,” says Drew Baker, an alligator hunter. “But they're really tough to get up on,"

But despite the odds - it happened. 13-feet, 9-inches long and 1100 pounds - a record-breaking alligator by 6 inches.

"Honestly I thought I don't know what I’m going to do with this thing now that I have him," says Baker.

This hunt was only his second alligator hunt ever and Baker says he hurriedly worked to calm his nerves.

"We tried to position ourselves so that we could come up behind him,” says Baker. "I had to put the dart on a very small window in his side."

He used a harpoon to do the job.

"Fits on the end of a pole, stick it in and that thing will fit sideways then this is attached to rope so I pulled him in fought him with a rope," says Baker.

Baker held on to the gator, working to tire it out.

"This one being as big as he is, he just thought he was the king of the lake anyway,” says Baker. “He wasn't going to be afraid of anybody."

Within 10 yards, Baker hits the gator on target.

"All I could think about is Phil Nickelson and how he talks about trying to control his breathing," says Baker.

And he did control his nerves, but once captured, comes the task of how to move this gator.

"We just had to drag him in the water to get to shore because we couldn't get him in our boat," says Baker.

He would use his truck to drag the nearly 14-footer off shore.

Baker estimates he'll get around 400 pounds of meat from his big catch. He also says he would love to see the skins and head of the gator on display at a museum in Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the gator was caught on Lost Lake near Millwood Lake in Little River County.

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