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Florida Fisherman Harpoons 1,008-Pounder

Oct 31, 2020

CNN – For three years Corey Capps had been dreaming of catching the massive beast in the river behind his home in Blountstown, Florida.

Now he can say he’s done it.

Capps told CNN he and his wife were taking a boat ride on the Apalachicola River when they spotted the alligator laying up on the bank.

He called his friend Rodney Smith, who had state-issued gator tags that allowed them to legally go after the animal.

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The next day, October 13, Smith and Capps went out on the river in a 12-foot jon boat to seek out the creature.

“We went out and harpooned him…and we didn’t realize—we knew he was big, but not as big as when we pulled him up that bank. Across the top of his head was 16 inches wide,” Capps said.

The gator was so big — over 13 feet, according to Capps — that it took them about three-and-a-half hours to move the animal 100 feet with the jon boat, Capps said.

After getting the gator to shore, they took him to a recycling center in town. Capps said the gator weighed 1,008 pounds …

Corey Capps, right, and Rodney Smith with the alligator they caught on the Apalachicola River.

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