Friday, February 5, 2016

Now That's a Fish!

World Record Alligator Gar Pulled From Mississippi Lake Tangled in Fisherman's Net
When Vicksburg, Mississippi, commercial fisherman Kenny Williams began pulling up his last net of the morning from the depths of Lake Chotard February 14, he was expecting nothing more than to reach his weekly quota of buffalo. But what he brought up in his net that day ended up being the largest alligator gar ever caught. Here's his story.

Editor’s Note: Alligator gar stories often cross our desk, and we generally refrain from publishing them because too often these amazing, prehistoric fish are caught and killed for nothing but a trophy photo. This story is an exception; the record gar in these photos became tangled in a net and was beyond recovery when a fisherman hauled it in.
The Process of Sculpting a 300-Pound World Record

While we have the Longnose Gar in MD (I've seen them in Mattawoman Creek and in Eastern Shore tributaries), we do not have the much larger Alligator Gar.

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