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, 184lb 3oz (92in), Red River (Love), 02/25/06, Sean Chatham
- Gar, Longnose, 41lb (62in), Red River, 01/03/1988, Dean Pittman
- Gar, Shortnose, 5.6lb (32in), Brown Lake (McAAP), 08/16/2003, Robert Byrd
Well, January 27 our morning started off with an uneventful trip to a crappie hole. By 9:00 we decided to go hit one of our quality gar holes on the Red River. Quickly my buddy James T hooked a large gar, but just as quickly lost him. By 10:00 we had landed several nice long nose gar but no gators. His comment to me was, "I don't know what I have to do to catch a big one this year. Everyone I take seems to catch a 7 footer but me. "
Moments later the fight was on. We knew he had hooked a very heavy fish but the fight was not living up to a giant gator. Within just a few minutes the fish surfaced by the boat and we realized it was a giant at least 7ft. Within 10min the fish was done and allowed us to pull her in the boat. Taking her to the bank for pics we decided to measure and see what we had. After the tell of the tape, we decided to call the wildlife dept and see if they would bring their scales and weigh the fish on site.
Hours passed till they finally reached the very hard to find and remote area we were in. We had left the fish in a small channel where she would have ample water moving over her body, but she was not wanting to recover. The Biologists certified her as a new record breaking the old mark of 184 by 8lbs. We then worked hand in hand with them to try to keep her alive. She was relocated and monitored till dark.
Saturday Jan,28. She had not moved from where we left her . She was still breathing but was not responding well. I went back today Jan 30..... Sad to say the old girl did not make it. It is my opinion that she was not well from the get go. we both have caught many gator gar over 7ft long and have never seen one act on the hook the way she did. We practice catch and release only and this is the only fish that we ever had not to quickly recover and swim off. Nevertheless she was taken to the owner today and he has decided that he will have her mounted. He told me it was what he thought was the right thing to do. It saddens me to see a great fish like this die. We did all we could do for her. I know she lived a long life and will be permanently be enshrined for many children and anglers to see. The anglers name is James Tucker.
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