VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) — Tiffany Wienke had only been alligator hunting twice before she bagged a behemoth on Mississippi’s Bayour Pierre.
Wienke’s alligator measured in at 13 feet, and 7/8 inches. The 686 pound beast that is just one-eighth of an inch longer than the previous record, but bigger is bigger, and Wienke is now the new state record-holder.
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“We’re completely content with the fact that this will probably be the biggest alligator that we’ll ever catch,” Wienke said. “It’s not gonna keep us from going back. But we’re completely happy with this.”
With the help of her husband and four others on the boat, Wienke caught her prize after a two hour battle.
“He ran us – literally crashed us into some trees, and bank-to-bank,” Wienke said. “He was pulling this boat full of people like it was nothing.”
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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks says while this is a new record, there are likely even bigger alligators still out there.
“There’s definitely other alligators out there that can exceed this,” said Mississippi’s Alligator Program Coordinator Ricky Flynt. “It won’t surprise me to see an alligator in the 14 to 15 foot range at some point.”