500 Pound Gator Caught on Lake Marion

1:35 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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Lake Marion, SC (WLTX) -- A Columbia and Irmo family say their trip to Lake Marion Wednesday netted them a big catch. Sarah Silkwood says her family caught an alligator that weighed 500 pounds and measured 11 feet, 2 inches.

Silkwood says seven family members were involved in the hunt. She tells News19 that it took them 30 minutes to bring in the gator.

In South Carolina, hunters must have a tag to hunt alligators. Those tags are awarded in a lottery system.

Silkwood says her family used her father's tag Wednesday. They have two more tags among the group and say they'll be back hunting this weekend. 

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