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Sep 18, 2013 11:54 AM by AP, PHOTO: JIM WHITE

Louisiana man captures 760-pound alligator

VENTRESS, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man's weekend alligator hunt has resulted in a colossal catch.

Jim White, of Ventress, was hunting Saturday in West Baton Rouge Parish on Solitude Point when one of his lines indicated there was something on it. WAFB-TV reports what he found was a 13-foot, 4-inch alligator that weighed 760 pounds.

White said the state doesn't record weight in its record books, only length. The longest alligator ever caught in Louisiana was 19-feet, 2-inches. White's catch didn't make the books for length, but the weight is still worth noting.

White, an engineer technician with the Department of Transportation and Development for the past 35 years, said this is by far the biggest alligator he's ever caught. He said he's filled 21 tags so far this season, with 16 more to go before the season ends Oct. 4.

News of record breaking alligator catches have been up in the South, with two massive gators being caught in Mississippi earlier this month. The Mississippi record for weight is 727 pounds. White's catch was 33 pounds heavier.

White's gator was taken to a processing plant to be mounted. He said the processor at Tim Processing in Morganza, said it was the biggest alligator they've ever processed.

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