900-LB GATOR CAUGHTPosted: September 27, 2010
SOUTH CAROLINA – A 900 pound gator was caught this week by a Massachusetts woman fishing in South Carolina.
Agnes Martin caught and then killed a 13-foot long gator in Lake Moultrie this week. Zoologists say that this is one of the most spectacular finds of the decade
WLTC in Charlotte reported that the Massachusetts resident successfully got a permit through South Carolina’s permit lottery system for the one month-long alligator season. “He was right there at the edge of the bank swimming on the edges,” Martin said. She hooked him with her fishing pole and battled for two hours to get him near the boat. In South Carolina, you have to secure the gator and get it to the boat before you’re allowed to shoot it.
It took two hours to bring in the gator that she first hooked with a fishing line. Martin says she will take the meat back home with her. She originally wanted to have the gator stuffed and mounted on the wall of in bedroom, but her husband, George, a shoe salesman in Newton, convinced her to make shoes out of the gator. “George loves animals, especially when they are dead and on his feet.”
Martin said that her husband plans to make about forty pairs of leather shoes from the alligator. George will be selling them for about $1,000 dollars a pair. “I think it’s a great bargain, considering that this was a rare find.” Martin and her husband will be back in South Carolina next week hunting for more gators.
Meanwhile, PETA is planning a shoe caper for later in the week.
See the video report of the original catch here.