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800-Pound Gator Caught By Tim Stroh, Florida Teen

09/20/2011 06:05 pm ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011

Forget the catch of the day -- this is the catch of a lifetime.

Tim Stroh, a 19-year-old Florida student, managed to reel in a 12-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound alligator while boating on the St. Lucie County Canal on Sept. 16, WPTV reports.

Stroh, his parents, and a regular customer at the Stroh family taxidermy shop took out a boat after getting a tip about a giant gator, the Treasure Coast Newspapers report. Within an hour, they encountered a gator that might very well be the Moby Dick of Hobe Sound.

Using what his dad described to the paper as a "puny bass rod," Stroh somehow pulled the gator near their boat. He then reportedly shot it with a "bang stick" -- a tube-like firearm often utilized to subdue gators and sharks.

The gator hunters harpooned the reptile and lifted it onto their boat.

"He had a lot of character, and I had a lot of fun," Stroh told the Treasure Coast Newspapers.

The Stroh family has lots of experience hunting alligators, but this catch is twice the weight of their previous best, according to WPTV.

They plan to mount the gator's head on the teen's wall, make keychains from its back, turn its leg into a lamp and eat their way through 250 pounds of gator meat, MSNBC reports.

It's certainly a big haul -- but it's nothing compared to the 2,370-pound crocodile captured alive by villagers in the Philippines earlier this month.

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