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August 29, 2006

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Monster Gator: Florida hunters bag 13-footer from Caloosahatchee River

Alligators rarely grow to 13 feet, so when 20-year-old Marcus Haupt of North Fort Myers snagged one less than a foot shy of the 14-foot, 5/8-inch Florida record, he held on real tight. Fishing with friends Kevin Rossi and Everett Henkel, Haupt fought the giant reptile for more than three hours before getting it close enough to subdue with arrows, gaffs, and .44 magnum and .357 magnum bangsticks. Here’s the full story and pictures of the trophy gator, from Southwest Florida’s News Press.


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