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Vicksburg Man Catches 327 Lb. Alligator Gar
wapt ^ | February 16, 2011

Posted on 02/18/2011 10:41:10 AM PST by JoeProBono

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- A Vicksburg man pulled a 327-pound alligator gar from Chotard Lake in Issaquena County, Mississippi wildlife officials said.

Kenny Williams caught the fish on Valentine's Day. Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks weighed the fish at 327 pounds. It was 8 feet 5 ¼ inches long and 47.95 inches around the body.

Williams said he used nets to catch the fish and then grabbed it by the gills and pulled it into the boat.

"At first I didn't think he was that big. But as I was getting him into the boat, it was like, 'How big is this thing?' It was a lot of effort just to get him into the boat," Williams said. "I don't even know how to describe it. It was just huge and hard to get into the boat."

MDWFP officials said it could be the largest alligator gar caught. In scientific literature, there was a report from 1963 of a 302-pound alligator gar, Dennis Riecke, of MDWFP said. Williams' fish is definitely the largest since that time, and is certainly the largest recorded in Mississippi, Riecke said.

The fish is believed to have been between 50 and 70 years old, wildlife officials said.

Williams donated the huge fish to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, where it will be prepared for permanent display in the future, wildlife officials said.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: fish; gar; mississippi


1 posted on 02/18/2011 10:41:16 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I’d say he’s going to need a lot of cornmeal and hot oil.


2 posted on 02/18/2011 10:43:40 AM PST by AU72
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To: JoeProBono

Laz would eat it.


3 posted on 02/18/2011 10:43:40 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: JoeProBono

Wow what a monster!! One of the ways they catch them is shallow water is using a bow & arrow.


4 posted on 02/18/2011 10:44:06 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: JoeProBono

The big ones are nearly all gone, I saw a show on it recently where they hunted and deliberately killed them off like you would varmits, kind of a shame cause they’re a great American fish.


5 posted on 02/18/2011 10:46:11 AM PST by Scythian
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To: DarthVader

Cajun Barracuda! Get the axe.


6 posted on 02/18/2011 10:46:20 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Scythian

they’re a great American fish.

Aren’t they just as boney as eel?
They were considered trash fish where we use to fish in Kansas.
Has anyone eaten one?


7 posted on 02/18/2011 10:52:30 AM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: massgopguy

I would like to have a large aquarium full of these things and throw live commies in with them when they are hungry. Getting thrown to the alligators, Cajun Style.


8 posted on 02/18/2011 10:52:45 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Scythian


9 posted on 02/18/2011 10:54:00 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: WKB; wardaddy; Pathdoc; olemisspatriot; dixiebelle; Downsouth55; Michael Knight; ejonesie22; ...

Magnolia State Ping!

Peanut oil and cornmeal!


10 posted on 02/18/2011 10:54:10 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: JoeProBono

One part of me says he is a dink for killing such a fabulous thing.

Another part of me says that thing could eat a child.

Donating it to a museum kind of reconciles the wrong right.


11 posted on 02/18/2011 10:55:49 AM PST by mmercier
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To: Scythian
"The big ones are nearly all gone, I saw a show on it recently where they hunted and deliberately killed them off like you would varmits, kind of a shame cause they’re a great American fish."

What, no libs out there trying to get the bayou made into a preservation buffer, or U.N. Biosphere Reserve?

12 posted on 02/18/2011 10:57:26 AM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: WestwardHo

I’ve tasted gar, but didn’t care for it in the least. It is a very popular fish in the black community ... they will actually buy the stuff at stores that offer it. And, yes, it is very bony.


13 posted on 02/18/2011 10:59:19 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JoeProBono

I’d be afraid to go out on a boat in MS if I knew a monster like that might be swimming underneath. I’m a rank beginner on fishing. This hobby may require more courage than I thought.


14 posted on 02/18/2011 11:03:16 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: mmercier


15 posted on 02/18/2011 11:04:47 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: DarthVader

Thinking outside of the box is good..


16 posted on 02/18/2011 11:05:27 AM PST by goat granny
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To: married21


17 posted on 02/18/2011 11:07:25 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

gosh! That’s tough to look at.


18 posted on 02/18/2011 11:11:40 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: DarthVader


19 posted on 02/18/2011 11:15:53 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: WestwardHo

They don’t have to be good eating to be a great American fish in my book ...


20 posted on 02/18/2011 11:18:45 AM PST by Scythian
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To: JoeProBono

Let’s start with the Wisconsin state senators then the czars.


21 posted on 02/18/2011 11:18:52 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Scythian
I saw a show on it recently where they hunted and deliberately killed them off like you would varmits...

About 40 years ago I was down in the Everglades outside of Homestead. I pulled over at a road side stop for a break. There was a family there at a picnic table next to a canal. They had a kid, I'd guess around 10 years old who was fishing in the canal and pulling Gar out one after the other.

With each one, his Mother would say "Give him a headache Johnny" and the kid would whack the fish in the head with a ball bean hammer, throw it back into the weeds and go back to catch another. It was kind of funny to watch, and yes, they did consider the Gar to be varmints.

22 posted on 02/18/2011 11:22:13 AM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s why you need steel leaders.


23 posted on 02/18/2011 11:25:08 AM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WestwardHo

>>>They were considered trash fish where we use to fish in Kansas.>>>

Considered a trash fish in Louisiana too. I’m not aware of anyone I know having eaten it, and I know I’ve never seen it on a menu.


24 posted on 02/18/2011 11:27:15 AM PST by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: DarthVader

25 posted on 02/18/2011 11:27:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Wanted for Treason! $50,000 Dead or Alive.


26 posted on 02/18/2011 11:30:31 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: JoeProBono
But... But...

Isn´t that what you all where talking about?

I mean a fat Wisconsin Democrat Senator on the loose?

27 posted on 02/18/2011 11:32:19 AM PST by Mayr Fortuna
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To: MayfairFly

Gar Fish Steaks

"The bottom line is, the myth of gar being inedible doesn't have a logical leg to stand on."

Gar Stew

1 1/2 pounds gar fillets

3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups hot water

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon thyme

6 small potatoes, diced

6 small onions, diced

6 small carrots, sliced

Dredge fillets in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; add olive oil, and heat. Add gar fillets and brown quickly, about 1 minute on each side.

Pour hot water into a soup pot. Add cayenne, black pepper, salt and thyme. Add potatoes and onions and cook five minutes. Add carrots and cook 10 minutes more, or until vegetables are tender but not overcooked. Drain; save water in which vegetables were cooked.

Place browned gar fillets in a large casserole. Add vegetables, and pour vegetable water over all. Cover and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve piping hot from casserole.


28 posted on 02/18/2011 11:39:43 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Scythian


29 posted on 02/18/2011 11:41:05 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: DarthVader

“Wow what a monster!! One of the ways they catch them is shallow water is using a bow & arrow.”

I was bowfishing for Carp on the Tennessee River one fine spring morning when I shot what I thought was a nice Carp. I waded over and grabbed the arrow and suddenly realized my mistake. It was a three foot Garfish and man was he pissed! He came after me and I started walking on the water trying to get away. I finally brought him in and gave him to the folks on the bank I had been giving the Carp to. Scared me half to death.


30 posted on 02/18/2011 11:44:06 AM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

You haven’t tried my mom’s fried garfish balls. You have to flake the flesh with a fork, and mix it up meatball style and fry the balls. Nobody cooks better than mom.


31 posted on 02/18/2011 11:45:36 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: DCBryan1
Laz would eat it.

Good leaves more for ME ,,Gar worth over $4.00 a Lb.

32 posted on 02/18/2011 11:57:47 AM PST by piroque (Southern born and Raised,Love "G R I T S")
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To: sportutegrl

It was gar balls that I tried and didn’t like, but I’ll bet that your mom’s are better.


33 posted on 02/18/2011 11:58:27 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: sportutegrl
You haven’t tried my mom’s fried garfish balls. You have to flake the flesh with a fork, and mix it up meatball style and fry the balls. Nobody cooks better than mom.

Gar balls or fried like either way,,, only thing about have the balls is catching enough male gar,,, ;-)

34 posted on 02/18/2011 12:04:34 PM PST by piroque (Southern born and Raised,Love "G R I T S")
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To: JoeProBono

I have caught both sturgeon and gar (I ate the sturgeon). I’m a fisherman, I just hate to see this big ones go down as they’re the last of the old breed.


35 posted on 02/18/2011 12:23:48 PM PST by Scythian
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To: piroque

LOL.


36 posted on 02/18/2011 12:28:28 PM PST by sportutegrl
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To: sportutegrl

sportutegrl ,,, just an old joke down this way

These so called fishermen I see here calling gar a trash fish
don’t know what their missing ,,,
Its all in who is doing the cooking
Me being a coona$$, we eat anything ;-)


37 posted on 02/18/2011 12:54:07 PM PST by piroque (Southern born and Raised,Love "G R I T S")
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To: JoeProBono

That looks like an arapaima with the 2 gar. Where is the pic from?


38 posted on 02/18/2011 1:48:55 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Schlangenkopffische sind aber auch Harmlos wenn du böse fische haben willst musst du in denn Amazonas fahre und Arapaima trazen


39 posted on 02/18/2011 3:38:01 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Yep. A big un.


40 posted on 02/18/2011 7:36:31 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: piroque


41 posted on 02/18/2011 7:41:26 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: WestwardHo

I have. If you have the right homemade device to clean them it is easy and boneless. They have a light flakey flesh. Close to lobster and about as good dipped in melted butter. I love them. Yea we bow fish them.


42 posted on 02/18/2011 8:02:52 PM PST by therut
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To: therut

Lobster! How funny!
That’s the best kind of fun, isn’t it! I’m an old grandma..best times, ever, were living near the water in Kansas. Don’t know what I like better, eating the fish, or listening to crazy fishing stories! Man eating catfish that lurked below the dam....


43 posted on 02/18/2011 8:43:42 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: therut

Lobster! How funny!
That’s the best kind of fun, isn’t it! I’m an old grandma..best times, ever, were living near the water in Kansas. Don’t know what I like better, eating the fish, or listening to crazy fishing stories! Man eating catfish that lurked below the dam....


44 posted on 02/18/2011 8:43:50 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Islander7

Steroids? Hormones?

lol

That thing is a beast!


45 posted on 02/18/2011 11:47:25 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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