The dots link to Bing maps that get you in the neighborhood, if not to the exact spot. Submissions include a link to the location the gar were caught (if known). State records are shown with a star.
Yellow Star/Dot = Alligator Gar
Pink Star/Dot = Florida Gar
Red Star/Dot = Longnose Gar
Green Star/Dot = Spotted Gar
Blue Star/Dot = Shortnose Gar
State Records (Rod and Reel):
- Gar, Alligator, 215lb, Mississippi R (Natchez), 05/03/2003, Earl Stafford
- Gar, Longnose, 40.0lb, Grenada Res. Spillway, 01/16/2004, J.E. Bennett
- Gar, Shortnose, 5.83lb, Enid Spillway, 08/22/1999, Robert Mills
- Gar, Spotted, 6.18lb, Reflection Point in Flowood, 10/18/2005, James Starnes
Just wanted you to know that gas fishing is popular in North Mississippi. Well maybe not popular; tolerated might be a better word, though it's poplar with a certain group who vie each year for the coveted Golden Gar Award. We meet each year in early September below the Grenada Lake Spillway and start swinging those rope lures. This is the place where the State record of 40 lbs was caught in 2004. This year we caught a total of 17 gar, ranging in size from four pounds to almost 20. The area below the spillway is teeming with longnose gar. Although we believe both spotted and shortnose gars are also found there, we have yet to catch one on our rope lures.
Everett M won this year (again) with a 19 lb 8 oz longnose. There were cries of "Rigged!" because he has now won two years in a row. He won the trophy last year with a 28 lb monster. The trophy is a 24 inch longnose gar mounted by a member of our group, who gave it several coats of gold aerosol paint.
We are a diverse group age-wise; we are introducing several young people to the sport. Gender-wise we are not diverse; so far it's been a man thing. But we don't exclude anyone - one member has admitted to being a bass fisherman, and one or two are otherwise normal, productive members of society. The reputation of the rest of us is not all that bad.
When bystanders ask what we're fishing for with those unusual lures, their response is sometimes "You're fishing for what?" This is usually followed by "Why?" That's OK; we are enjoying big game fishing, something unusual this far from the Coast.
Gerald M, 09/07/10
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