200-Pound Gar Caught On Rod And Reel In Trinity

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Posted May 16, 2011 by Jeff Prince in Blotch
MY WHAT BIG TEETH ALLIGATOR GAR HAVE.

MY WHAT BIG TEETH ALLIGATOR GAR HAVE.

Some of my best childhood memories revolve around fishing trips to the Trinity River, and I particularly remember dealing with alligator gar.

My dad, uncle, and grandfather would start a fishing trip by pulling out a net, stretching it across the river, and dragging it upstream to seine for bait fish. The alligator gar would spot the net coming and jump over it. So my cousins and I would walk behind the net in waist-deep water and carry sticks to hit the gar in mid-air for sport.

Alligator gar are some bad-ass looking critters in addition to being the biggest freshwater fish in Texas. They look prehistoric with an armor-plated body and long snouts filled with teeth. They’re downright scary looking, even when they’re only a few pounds. But they can grow to more than 200 pounds.

Cleveland, Texas resident Joseph Williams was using a rod and reel recently when he caught an alligator gar in Athens that was 7 feet 9 inches long and 200 pounds. That’s the new rod-and-reel record for fishing in the Trinity. Williams said the fish really weighed 230 but that he weighed it on truck scales that measured in 50-pound increments.

ATHENS TEXAS IS EAST OF FORT WORTH

ATHENS TEXAS IS SOUTHEAST OF FORT WORTH

Texas remains one of the last places where alligator gar thrive, thanks in part to regulations on harvesting the fish, and to studies on gar population levels.

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