Bay County locals catch huge alligator in Gulf County

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two Bay County fishermen are celebrating quite a catch, but this is no ordinary fish tale.

Friends Brandon Cutchins, 24, and Brandon Barfield, 24, are still reeling from the catch of a lifetime.

"When it came upside the boat, we realized we needed a bigger boat," Cutchins said.

It took hours to bring in a huge alligator, which was bigger than they imagined.

"We really thought it was going to be like a nine footer, and that was going to be like our max, and when we got it up to the boat, we were kind of astonished about what it really was like," Barfield said.

It was really astonishing; 12 feet, 4 inches, and 750 pounds.

The gator was caught in an Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf County.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Statewide Alligator Hunt started in August and lasts until November 1st.

On the FWC's website, it states, "The first four weeks of the season are divided into four quota weeks, and each permit is assigned one of those weeks."

"Once that phase goes out, I won't be able to hunt gators again until the last phase of it all," Barfield said.

No doubt this phase has been successful for this pair of fishermen.

What do you think about when you land a gator like this?

"How are we going to get it home?"

That's the question Cutchins said went through his mind.

Cutchins and Barfield became friends in high school and have shared more than a fish tale or two.

"We just kind of started fishing together and next thing you know, I was best man in his wedding. It's been an eventful time with him," Barfield said.

Now, they have another event to celebrate.