ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Fishermen along the first coast are talking about a big alligator caught in Mississippi over the weekend.
It took the group hours to bring the more than 13 foot alligator in. Though it broke a record in Mississippi, it's not the biggest catch by Florida standards.
It's still something many say is "fascinating". That includes Theresa Smith. She's been fishing her whole life.
"It's amazing that such big creatures live down here in the south like that," Smith said.
A reptile keeper at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine said the big catches aren't common because alligators are very smart when it comes to staying away. "They're going to hide. They know what the game's about and they want to stay hidden and alive," said Lauren Cashman.
The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission said the record in Florida for a gator is 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches long. That catch was made in Lake Washington.
The gator caught in Mississippi is 13 feet, 4 1/2 inches long.
First Coast News