180 lb Alligator Gar.

Discussion in 'Gar Fishing' started by gadzooks, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    A friend of mine caught a 180 lb Alligator Gar on the Brazos River in Texas this past weekend. He also caught a 100+ and a 50+.

    Here's the picture of the big one:
     

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  2. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    Thats one heck of a gar! Nice fish!
     

  3. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    only way ide hold that is if it was headless.
     
  4. joadb

    joadb New Member

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    incredible fish.I read an article on them just today.These fish need to be protected so we all can hopefully have a shot at landing one.Virtually unchanged in thousands of years-Mother nature got these ones right the first time!
     
  5. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Thanx for sharein. Sure do wish we had them bad boys up here in my rivers.
     
  6. BILLYP

    BILLYP New Member

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    There is no way i would be in the water with a mad alligator gar. No way at all.
     
  7. rudepossum

    rudepossum Well-Known Member

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    Nice fish. thanks for sharing.
     
  8. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Wow! That is one heck of a fish. What did he catch it on?
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Thats a big gar!
     
  10. KatKaller

    KatKaller New Member

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    Don't take this the wrong way, but are you sure that is the picture of the 180lber? I grew up bowfishing these things and a 180lb gator gar would be around 7.5' long or longer.:confused2: That one is a very NICE gar regardless!
     
  11. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    All I can tell you is the fish was 83" long, 34.5" around. He caught it on a large freshwater mullet that had been in his freezer since September, waiting for the weather to warm. Maybe he got his pictures mixed up with one of another gar. I trust the guy with his measurements and estimates of weight. The fish was released unharmed. so was not weighed on a certified scale.

    It was caught on a Penn 209, 7ft Big Water casting Ugly Stick, 4/0 treble, steel leader, with a large float for a strike indicator. The 209 was loaded with 85lb Power Pro. Here is another picture, the rear view, with his 11 year old daughter in the background:
     

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  12. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Here's an example of gar teeth:
     

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  13. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    The daughter's little gar. What a way to teach an 11 year old how to fish!
     

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  14. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    Beautiful!! Good to know the gator-gar are starting up again! I may have to go try for them soon, maybe this weekend! Man I've been waiting a long time for this time, and there's a nice rain outside right now, so hopefully the river'll be nice!:big_smile:
     
  15. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Found out that the first picture I posted was indeed his smaller gar from the day before, it was in with a post about the big one. The small gar was only 100 lbs.
     
  16. Phatdaddy

    Phatdaddy New Member

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    wow what a fish! wish they had them up here in ohio. thanx for shareing
     
  17. fishingrl636

    fishingrl636 New Member

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    What do u guys do w/ them big ol gars? I had my pond hopper out in my cove last summer and hooked up one of them big ones. I felt like Jonas and the Whale. I jus let him pull me around till the line finally broke. Didnt want 2 cut it, I wanted 2 c were he would take me. He was almost as long as my boat. It was quite a ride. He was faster than my little trollin motor in the wind. Catch them a lot but dont no what 2 do w/ 'em.

    -Fishingrl
     
  18. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    We catch and release. It takes decades for a gator gar to get over 100 lbs and there aren't many, so its best to release them. I've no objection to taking a trophy, but there should be a limit of one over, say 100 lbs.
     
  19. LadyValea1

    LadyValea1 New Member

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    That is a pretty gar!! It looks just like a Gator without legs!!
     
  20. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    cool, and to think some just "toss em on the bank" poor ethics. very very poor. i loved the pics. a very facinating fish.