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« on: December 10, 2011, 06:24:36 PM »

Just caught me a 52" Alligator gar this evening, took 20 minutes just to get him to shore, had 6 lb line on...

Weighed in at a hair over 22 lbs. Georgia State record is currently 30 lbs, 8 oz.

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 08:20:51 PM »

Nice catch , WTG
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 10:48:30 AM »

Nice fish! How did it taste? I remember seeing the show swamp people and them catching them to eat. Wondered how they taste.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 02:05:59 PM »

Nice fish
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 04:20:59 PM »

Nice fish! How did it taste? I remember seeing the show swamp people and them catching them to eat. Wondered how they taste.


Dont know, the taxidermist has it now...
Not exactly on my bucket list, but wouldn't turn it down if prepared right...

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 05:10:58 PM »

what were you fishing for? them? what bait were you using ? cool catch !!
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2011, 08:23:38 PM »

I was after nothing in particular, went to reel in the worm and he decided to take a nibble.  Not the first time thats happened, but never this big...  I was fishing at a deep hole at the bend of the Alapaha River. 31 1.503'N  83 2.880'W I looked at the state record in the regulations and the current record was taken from the same river. Lots of bluegill for it to eat. It's gotta be at least 25 years old...   
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2011, 10:24:39 PM »

Very cool congrats that's a [Sam Hill] of a fish on 6 pound test. I'm surprised the teeth didn't break you off. WTG Wink Wink
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2011, 11:27:42 PM »

neat video

using tin snips and protective glove to clean gar

and it looks like he had a disabled right arm and he uses his mouth to pull the arrow back ??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po2JUlQwE-o
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2011, 11:51:24 AM »

Nice Fish! Especially on 6lb test!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2011, 02:23:45 PM »

Very cool congrats that's a [Sam Hill] of a fish on 6 pound test. I'm surprised the teeth didn't break you off. WTG Wink Wink

Yeah I lucked out, I use aberdeens with bluegill, they're easier to pull out. It imbedded about 4" from the tip of his nose.

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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2011, 02:52:41 PM »

neat video

using tin snips and protective glove to clean gar

and it looks like he had a disabled right arm and he uses his mouth to pull the arrow back ??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po2JUlQwE-o

HAHAHA look at this guy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbpeE8KQ7GI
EDIT: Nevermind, video was removed... Sad
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2011, 04:39:53 PM »

If ya really want a big gar come see me.  6-7 or maybe 8' not uncommon.  Somewhere around 60-80 pounds.  Takes 2 people to get'em out the water.  Hooks or snares either way they're fun to catch.

Yes you can eat 'em.  Cajun land (central La)pays up to $1 a pound for cleaned gar.
Boil'em down, pick da meat off da bone, mix with seasoning and breadcrums.  Roll 'em up into little balls.  We call 'em GARFISH BALLS  deep fry and serve hot.  yum  yum  now thats eating

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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2011, 04:45:40 PM »

Thanks for the invite capt. ron,  but a 4 footer is plenty big enough for me..

I caught another one about 36" last week and fried him up in my secret beer batter.  It wasn't bad!!

When they say the skin is tough, they ain't kidding! I jacked up a perfectly good pair of tin snips!
 
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2011, 05:18:43 PM »

I was bass fishing once in the St. John's River and caught a lot of alligator gar (cut a lot of lines too)  I never heard of them before then.  Had I known they were that prevalent in the  St. John's, I never would have reached down into the water bare handed as much....


here's a picture of a different species of gar... laugh laugh laugh.
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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2011, 08:58:32 AM »

Nice fish.   He'll look good on the wall.
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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2012, 03:07:23 PM »

Longnose are a different species than alligator gar. Gator gar have a shorter, broader snout with 2 rows of upper teeth. Longnose are like the one you got. Great fish and really good to eat. I shot a 54" out of the Nanticoke years ago that I got mounted. They look cool on the wall for sure.
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2012, 07:44:42 PM »

The state record here in Texas is 289 pounds.That is rod and reel.
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