727-Pound Alligator Is Heaviest Ever Caught In Mississippi: 723-Pound And 727-Pound Gator Breaks Weight Record Twice In One Day [VIDEO]

By Danny Choy on September 3, 2013 8:51 AM EDT

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727-pound alligator shatters Mississippi record for heaviest gator ever caught. (Photo: YouTube)

A 727-pound alligator is officially the heaviest alligator ever caught in the state of Mississippi. According to Fox News, the record for heaviest alligator had been broken not once, but twice, since Mississippi's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officially announced the start of Mississippi's alligator hunting season.

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Earlier this week, MSNewsNow.com reported that a group of hunters from Madison held the weight record for only about an hour for capturing a 723.5-pound gator, which shattered the state record for heaviest male by 26 pounds. Shortly after, Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg and his two partners caught a 13-foot 5.5-inch, 727-pound alligator after a long battle. Finally, the large alligator was close enough to shoot with a crossbow.

"He broke all the lines we could put in him. Finally put a snare on him and got him up high enough and put a shot on him. All in all probably took us four and a half hours to catch him from the first time we saw him," Bockman said. Bockman's two hunting partners were his brother Ryan Bockman, and his friend, Cole Landers.

The trio initially tried to get the large.727-pound alligator into the boat. However, after about four hours of struggle, they gave up and mounted the massive gator's head on a sandbar. "We pulled his head up on the bank far enough he wouldn't float away," Bockman told the Hattiesburg American. "He was so heavy he wasn't going anywhere."

A 723.5-pound alligator and a 727-pound alligator were both caught within just 72 hours of Mississipi's alligator hunting season. However, the record breaking catches came to no surprise for Mississippi Alligator Program coordinator Ricky Flint. 2013 is the first year there has been a state-wide alligator season, which opened new hunting territory to those picked via lottery. "We expect the records to get broken and these will be broken, as well. Maybe before the end of this season," Flint said.

Will this mean that there will be more record breaking alligators in the hunting season ahead? Bockman is ready for anybody that tops his 727-pound alligator: "If someone beats my record, I'll go out and try to top it."

There is another record waiting to be broken as well. The current Mississippi length record for an alligator is 13 feet 6.5 inches in 2008. Unfortunately, regulations forbid Bockman from hunting an alligator of that weight and size until next season. That said, Bockman is confident. "There's always a bigger one out there."

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