Imagine being in a 17-foot boot and drug across a swampy, stumpy creek in the wee hours of the morning at an alarming speed.
Mandy Stokes, her husband, and three others don’t have to imagine. They know what it feels like to hook into a record alligator and be pulled across the water. It’s an experience Mandy Stokes tells al.com she doesn’t hope to repeat.
"Right now the fairest way for me to say it is that we'll apply again, but I can assure you, I have no desire to hook into anything like this again. I truly don't," she said.
The Stokes’ successful gator hunt on the Alabama River netted them the Alabama state record and likely a world record. Their behemoth reptile weighed in at an astonishing at 1,011.5 pounds and measured 15 feet in length. The previous state record alligator caught by Keith Fancher in 2011 weighed 838 pounds.