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There's a New TX Record Catch-and-Release Alligator Gar

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July 12, 2011

There's a New TX Record Catch-and-Release Alligator Gar

By Chad Love

Alligator gar, once thought of as trash fish good only for killing and leaving to rot, are quickly gaining status as a worthy catch-and-release gamefish. Yet another Texas state record (catch-and-release) gar has been caught, and this one is now swimming free...

From this story on GoFishn.com 
Joseph Williams thought he had the Texas record for a caught and released alligator gar in April, but the 200-pound gar died on him. This time, the 88-incher caught in the Trinity River was successfully measured, photographed and released, and is now the catch-and-release record for the Lone Star State. According to KYTX, Williams, from Cleveland, Texas, is passionate about preserving this trophy fish. Using circle hooks and a 14-foot boat that allows the gar to tow him around the river.

William's gar beat out the previous record by eight inches. Hopefully the next person who catches this fish uses the same practices as Williams.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Wow! Catching one of those beasts is definitely on my bucket list!

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

they just keep getting bigger. very nice.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

they just keep getting bigger. very nice.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Wow! Catching one of those beasts is definitely on my bucket list!

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