TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 9, 2010)--Robert Ammerman, who trapped and killed an alligator so big it pulled his boat around a lake, snared what authorities say is Florida's longest gator on record, exceeding 14 feet.
Wildlife officials say the gator Robert Ammerman caught weighed 654 pounds and measured 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches.
He caught it on caught Nov. 1, the last day of Florida's alligator harvest, near Melbourne.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the previous record was a 14-foot, 5/8-inch alligator trapped in 1997.
The state's heaviest gator on record was taken in 1989, weighing
Ammerman, a nurse who traps alligators as a hobby, said the gator thrashed and pulled his boat for about 45 minutes he harpooned it.
He said it took two hours to tow the gator dock.