Jacksonville duo catches 13-foot gator by hand

Men scouted gator nicknamed 'Lumpy' for months


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After months of scouting, two Florida men finally caught the more than 13-foot gator they nicknamed "Lumpy."

The men caught Lumpy in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville using a rope and a few hooks.

It took about four hours to bring the 13-foot, 4-inch gator in and he was so heavy he broke the scales.

"Usually when people say they've seen a large alligator, it's usually around 11 feet or so. So, 13 feet, close to 13 and 1/2 feet is definitely rare," said Jim Darlington, curator of reptiles at Alligator Farm.

Right now, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating to figure out if Lumpy is the biggest gator ever caught in Florida by hand.