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Big Boy Gator Running Back

11.5 inches 600# Pure Muscle!!!
Got his twin brother 4 nights later.


  • starcraftbrianstarcraftbrian Senior Member Posts: 262 Officer
  • c-notec-note Member GCS, FLPosts: 74 Deckhand
    I'm glad someone is taking out these dudes.
  • hoodoodrumhoodoodrum Junior Member Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    At least the state understands why they need to be culled. The gator population is very healthy.
  • bswivbswiv Senior Member Posts: 8,474 Admiral
    hoodoodrum wrote: »
    At least the state understands why they need to be culled. The gator population is very healthy.

    True that the population is overall healthy. This is especially true when it's compared to the condition of the resource back 45-50 years ago when as kids it was BIG news if someone saw a "6 foot gator" if that was big.

    That assessment must be tempered with the realization that over the last 10-15 years the number of gators on the open public waters here in NE FL ( Lakes, broader reaches of the St. Johns and the like ) is significantly lower than it was, by a factor of well over half. Numbers of larger individuals have crashed in the areas of Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Putnam Counties along the St. Johns. Not saying they are not still above what they were 45-50 years ago but rather that it's not what it could or should be.

    Having dealt with them for well over 25 years here in NE FL ( catching, cleaning, selling ) my perspective is possibly skewed some having seen the peak. It's well past time for the FWC to reassess the number of permits they issue for some of these areas so as to let the numbers recover a bit.

    That said it is also true that in light of the great number of closed areas, and with the basic inaccessibility of so much of their habitat, so long as the take is restricted to the legal hunting and nuisance individuals we are not going to see the gator become threatened.

    Something we notice now, something that was not nearly so prevalent way back is how many small ( even some larger ones ) gators there are in isolated wetlands, way up small, even tiny creeks and in all manner of man made water bodies. We see them in our woods in place where you'd not expect them, but where in truth they should be based on evolution and environment. That they have returned to these places is good.

    In any event.....very nice gator.

    More story on the catch would be interesting.....................
  • hoodoodrumhoodoodrum Junior Member Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    You are spot on with your comments. FWC should open other areas up where the big boys are piling up. A few less gator permits in their current system of areas won't hurt. In our travels on the St. Johns, we see big guys and multitudes of nusery area little hatchlings. This year was different than the last 3-4 years due to the fact that the river has maintained a lower water level so the gators come down to the edge for food rather than hanging in the flooded woodlands. We've only caught a few 10ft medium body gators these last years. Nice to have the water lower so the big guys head into the river to feed.

    We got this guy on the north end of Dunn's Creek on a well cooked in a bucket cornish hen. Crack for gators!! Baited him and parked with the bait line attached to an offshore rod/reel. After 1 hour with no tug on the line and seeing many smaller eyes up near the bait, we went in to check it out. Bait was gone. Closed the distance in 5 feet of water and WHAM!!! Dude took off with our crab ball at the end of the line. Just like the scene in Jaws when the barrels were plowing through the water. Still didn't know what we had until we wore him out chasing. Popped some lead in his lower head and tied him up to the side of our 23 foot jon boat until we got to the ramp. Took 5 guys to flip him in the boat. Too much fun!!

    Hope the water stays low.
  • MenziesMenzies Senior Member Jacksonville - Where Florida Begins!Posts: 19,289 AG
    hoodoodrum wrote: »
    11.5 inches

    You describing his pecker?
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • hoodoodrumhoodoodrum Junior Member Posts: 9 Greenhorn
    If his tool was 11.5, this guy would be more like 25+ft. Needless to say, we would be on the national news and every lady gator would be searching this dude out.
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