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World Record Alligator Gar Pulled From Mississippi Lake Tangled in Fisherman's Net

World Record Alligator Gar Pulled From Mississippi Lake Tangled in Fisherman's Net

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from VAHunter540 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Wow, Congrats Mr. Williams. It’s a little sad to see such a great fish finally meet its match but at the same time, monsters like these are what help keep fishing interesting, you just never know. Also kudos to Mr. Williams for donating the fish to the museum so it can be enjoyed by many.

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from Dave Singley wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Concur with VAHunter540. Congratulations to Mr. Williams indeed. That is an awesome catch and it will be nice for others to be able to see this monster first hand.

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from Dodgeman837 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I have seen on more than one site that there have been bigger gar caught. This site has one that weighted 365lbs and was 9 ft 6 in long 9 ft 6 in long.

http://www.texasfishingguides.org/kirkland/page_garfish_alligator.htm

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from Blue Ox wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."

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from Blackfish wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Thats to bad. That's what i call a Bi-Catch monster.

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from jlramos69 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Nice fish. I just made a texas parks and wildlife record, on a fifty inch aligator gar, i caught it on 4lb. test line on a lure. (bass assian). And i caught it on my kayak. Team Logan Xtreme kayak fishing.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Alligator gar are much different than the others as caught in Ok. Tx. here or in other places.

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from mark mielbrecht wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

nice fish! Too bad you didn't just snap some pictures and measure her in the water, she could have provided a ton more progeny for the lake in the years to come. I am glad you donated this fish to the museum, however...She'll certainly be famous!

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from flyer22 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

@ mark mielbrecht :

I usually think the same thing until I saw this note from the editors:

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.

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from Dog Face Clown wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Nice fish, nice story to bad about the species struggles. Good for field and stream not posting stories about just killing these fish due to ignorance.

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from Navarond wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Does anyone else like to cut open the stomachs of their catch? Sometimes it helps me figure out what they're focusing on, and where I should focus my time looking for them. Works well with upland birds, at least. I'm dying to see what this monster's last meal was.

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from mgk wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

i would have loved to see that fish
while bow fishing

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from crashfields wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

If it was alive why did he spend half an hour trying to get it in the boat insted of doing what mark said?

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from flyer22 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Crashfields,

Ever see a 170lb guy pull an 8ft 327lb fish into a boat? That's why.

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from Pops wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

New Oklahoma state record. 172 lbs. & one ounce.

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from twofingers wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Finally someone caught my ex wife...thank goodness, now I can sleep at night knowing she has been caught...lol..

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

i grew up swimming in lake ponchatrain and in bayous and canals throughout slidell, laplace, covington, mandeville, kenner....all over southern lousiana. I caught my fair share of 6 and 7 foot garfish, but I have never seen anything like that before! that is just incredible! and you talk about good to eat? man, the vietnamese folk would give me 50$ a fish, everyt single time I would catch them! From 11 yrs old til I was out of high school we fished them with whole perch and 60 or 80# mono. They jump like tarpon! so cool to see this, makes me miss home even more!

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

how do they figure this species is in trouble? they are like ticks on a dog in La. and mississippi! I mean everywhere, salt and fresh water. I think just like the aligator, since they dont have them up in the north east or in california for all the tree huggers to play with, they must be endangered or something. Makes me sick!

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from TexasBuckHunter wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

that is the most amazing fish i have ever seen!!!!!

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from Lucas Townsend wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

That is a true river monster. That was a days worth of work. All thow probably big boned would it still fillet like a pike? Mabya a donation to a food pantry will make you feel better or bait for the trapper.

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from steelhead08 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Congrats. indeed! I live in WI; the Sturgeon spearing season-[last year]-yielded a Stur. est. to have been hatched @ 1914; 50-70 yrs. has enabled this Gar's strong DNA/RNA to complete it's mission I'm sure!

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from zrock365@yahoo.com wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

that is an amazingly large and scary fish.I think the biggest fish i have ever caught was a 13 inch rainbow trout;i caught it at big bear lake at boulder bay

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Twofingers I am happy for you. I think I saw her in a tavern a couple years ago! It seems to me that someone needs to study the dynamics of these fish. Are they scarce, how fast do they grow, that sort of thing. I know some of the big sturgeon out west were alive well before 1900. Are we dealing with that with alligator gar? If so perhaps they ought to be developed as a trophy species to be caught and released.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Florida is also loaded with Gar. I once saw a monster follow a jitterbug right up to the boat. He then turned parallel to the 14 ft boat and was well over half as long. He then threw water all over yours truly and 2 others in the boat when he flicked his tail to leave. That was in lake Jem back in the 60's. We always considered them to be trash fish.

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from whitetailredneck wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

awesome story.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Trophy fish? Just another big trash fish IMO.

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from dan1 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

NICE

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from jjbiggums wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Thats a true monster, how old is a fish like that?

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from kennywilliams wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

At least 50 years old. She had no stomach contents and was full of eggs..maybe coming up to spawn or just tired and ready to be caught. I would love to have kept her alive to swim in the Science Museum tank but I was too far out and had no means of keeping her alive. She was already lethargic and had been in the rope of my net less than 24 hours. We will still enjoy her mount and scientists have one to study for future reference.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Wow, Congrats Mr. Williams. It’s a little sad to see such a great fish finally meet its match but at the same time, monsters like these are what help keep fishing interesting, you just never know. Also kudos to Mr. Williams for donating the fish to the museum so it can be enjoyed by many.

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from Blue Ox wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."

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from Dave Singley wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Concur with VAHunter540. Congratulations to Mr. Williams indeed. That is an awesome catch and it will be nice for others to be able to see this monster first hand.

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from Dodgeman837 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

I have seen on more than one site that there have been bigger gar caught. This site has one that weighted 365lbs and was 9 ft 6 in long 9 ft 6 in long.

http://www.texasfishingguides.org/kirkland/page_garfish_alligator.htm

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from Blackfish wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Thats to bad. That's what i call a Bi-Catch monster.

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from Dog Face Clown wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Nice fish, nice story to bad about the species struggles. Good for field and stream not posting stories about just killing these fish due to ignorance.

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from Navarond wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Does anyone else like to cut open the stomachs of their catch? Sometimes it helps me figure out what they're focusing on, and where I should focus my time looking for them. Works well with upland birds, at least. I'm dying to see what this monster's last meal was.

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from flyer22 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Crashfields,

Ever see a 170lb guy pull an 8ft 327lb fish into a boat? That's why.

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from twofingers wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Finally someone caught my ex wife...thank goodness, now I can sleep at night knowing she has been caught...lol..

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

how do they figure this species is in trouble? they are like ticks on a dog in La. and mississippi! I mean everywhere, salt and fresh water. I think just like the aligator, since they dont have them up in the north east or in california for all the tree huggers to play with, they must be endangered or something. Makes me sick!

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from Lucas Townsend wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

That is a true river monster. That was a days worth of work. All thow probably big boned would it still fillet like a pike? Mabya a donation to a food pantry will make you feel better or bait for the trapper.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from zrock365@yahoo.com wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

that is an amazingly large and scary fish.I think the biggest fish i have ever caught was a 13 inch rainbow trout;i caught it at big bear lake at boulder bay

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Alligator gar are much different than the others as caught in Ok. Tx. here or in other places.

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from mark mielbrecht wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

nice fish! Too bad you didn't just snap some pictures and measure her in the water, she could have provided a ton more progeny for the lake in the years to come. I am glad you donated this fish to the museum, however...She'll certainly be famous!

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from flyer22 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

@ mark mielbrecht :

I usually think the same thing until I saw this note from the editors:

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.

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from mgk wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

i would have loved to see that fish
while bow fishing

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from Pops wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

New Oklahoma state record. 172 lbs. & one ounce.

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

i grew up swimming in lake ponchatrain and in bayous and canals throughout slidell, laplace, covington, mandeville, kenner....all over southern lousiana. I caught my fair share of 6 and 7 foot garfish, but I have never seen anything like that before! that is just incredible! and you talk about good to eat? man, the vietnamese folk would give me 50$ a fish, everyt single time I would catch them! From 11 yrs old til I was out of high school we fished them with whole perch and 60 or 80# mono. They jump like tarpon! so cool to see this, makes me miss home even more!

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from TexasBuckHunter wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

that is the most amazing fish i have ever seen!!!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from steelhead08 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Congrats. indeed! I live in WI; the Sturgeon spearing season-[last year]-yielded a Stur. est. to have been hatched @ 1914; 50-70 yrs. has enabled this Gar's strong DNA/RNA to complete it's mission I'm sure!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Twofingers I am happy for you. I think I saw her in a tavern a couple years ago! It seems to me that someone needs to study the dynamics of these fish. Are they scarce, how fast do they grow, that sort of thing. I know some of the big sturgeon out west were alive well before 1900. Are we dealing with that with alligator gar? If so perhaps they ought to be developed as a trophy species to be caught and released.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Florida is also loaded with Gar. I once saw a monster follow a jitterbug right up to the boat. He then turned parallel to the 14 ft boat and was well over half as long. He then threw water all over yours truly and 2 others in the boat when he flicked his tail to leave. That was in lake Jem back in the 60's. We always considered them to be trash fish.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Florida is also loaded with Gar. I once saw a monster follow a jitterbug right up to the boat. He then turned parallel to the 14 ft boat and was well over half as long. He then threw water all over yours truly and 2 others in the boat when he flicked his tail to leave. That was in lake Jem back in the 60's. We always considered them to be trash fish.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Florida is also loaded with Gar. I once saw a monster follow a jitterbug right up to the boat. He then turned parallel to the 14 ft boat and was well over half as long. He then threw water all over yours truly and 2 others in the boat when he flicked his tail to leave. That was in lake Jem back in the 60's. We always considered them to be trash fish.

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from whitetailredneck wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

awesome story.

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from dan1 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

NICE

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from jjbiggums wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Thats a true monster, how old is a fish like that?

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from kennywilliams wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

At least 50 years old. She had no stomach contents and was full of eggs..maybe coming up to spawn or just tired and ready to be caught. I would love to have kept her alive to swim in the Science Museum tank but I was too far out and had no means of keeping her alive. She was already lethargic and had been in the rope of my net less than 24 hours. We will still enjoy her mount and scientists have one to study for future reference.

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from crashfields wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

If it was alive why did he spend half an hour trying to get it in the boat insted of doing what mark said?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Trophy fish? Just another big trash fish IMO.

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from jlramos69 wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Nice fish. I just made a texas parks and wildlife record, on a fifty inch aligator gar, i caught it on 4lb. test line on a lure. (bass assian). And i caught it on my kayak. Team Logan Xtreme kayak fishing.

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Additional Info

When Vicksburg, Mississippi commercial fisherman Kenny Williams began pulling up his last net of the morning from the depths of Lake Chotard on 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.

View Photos of the taxidermy process of this world record fish here!

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