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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man has quite the fish tale to tell after hooking a gator in Falls Lake, and he has the pictures and video to prove it, according to WTVD-TV.

Stephen Rhodes was out at Falls Lake fishing for large mouth bass when he spotted something strange. At first glance he thought it might be a stick or a turtle, at least till he hooked it.

“When I realized I had something different is the weight of it and the way it grabbed it, “said Rhodes. “I caught whatever it was, and that’s when I come to realize, reeling it in, it was an alligator. It started twisting, turning, and that’s how the line got wrapped around its mouth.”

As Rhodes got the gator closer to shore, he estimated it to be between 4 and 5 feet long. He kept it on the line in the water and called authorities. That’s when he says he was told that wildlife officers were coming, although he says they never arrived while he was there.

Read full story, watch video: WTVD-TV