Men bag 12-foot gator after trying to get tag for three years

PENSACOLA, Fla. — After trying to get permission to hunt gators, two men bagged their reptile and they did so in a big way.

>> Read more trending news

Andy Sokol and his friend caught their alligator Monday from the Perdido River in Pensacola, WEAR reported.

The animal was much bigger than they had planned on taking — about 12-feet long.

“That was our first night trying and rolled up on this guy and wasn’t really sure what we hooked until we got him next to the boat,” Sokol told WEAR. “I knew when we got a hook in him, we were like, ‘OK he’s pretty big.’ But then when we saw this giant foot and this giant tail come up next to the boat we were like, ‘OK he’s really big.’”

To read more on the catch and what they plan to do with the gator, click here.