Skip to comments.Texas fisherman prevails in epic battle with enormous alligator gar
Posted on 06/22/2012 6:31:48 AM PDT by DFG
Whether Brent Crawford has captured the world's largest alligator gar will never be known -- his scale bottomed out emphatically at 300 pounds and he filleted the prehistoric-looking fish after attempting to obtain its weight.
But this much is clear: The gar Crawford landed while bow-fishing recently in Texas' Lake Corpus Christi is among the largest specimens ever captured -- and it was captured in a manner like no other gar captured beforehand.
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We got alligator gars up in the bayous bigger than that. You can practically pet them from your boat, they come right up to you. They look mean and fierce but they are like logs in the water...........
Who the hell fillets an alligator gar???
Wow! Caught a couple of those when I was a kid here in Jenison MI. Just all bones, scales, and teeth. Ours were only about 10 pounds but they will cut you to pieces if you didnt use pliers to get your lure out of their mouths.
Interesting story. (Amateurish storytelling.)
Jeremy Wade woulda let it go.
Yep. Much easier to take a skill saw and slice the steaks crossways...
Gar is a trash fish. I didn’t think anybody but po’ folk ever ate it. We never even considered doing so.
I was wondering the same thing. What does it taste like? I hope the guy likes it, because he now has a 5 year supply.
If his story is true, Brent Crawford does.
I may not be rich, but I’m not exactly “po’” and I love gar. When I lived up north, I enjoyed my carp, too, but gar is (much) better :-)
good God, that’s a FISH? That has to be the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. I am never going to go fishing in a place that has “fish” like that. Are we sure it’s not some kind of Stephen Spielberg robot for another Jurassic Park movie?
That looks more like a big fish wearing a medieval suit of armor.
Lake Pontchartrain used to have alligator gar that big some years ago; my granddad had a fishing camp there at the northeast tip of New Orleans. Those monsters would come into the shallows to feed in the evening, I used to watch them from the pier. All the fishing camps in that area are gone now, but I'll bet the gar are still there.
One summer, someone caught a huge one and then dumped its carcass in the drainage canal that ran behind my parents house. They figured the regular rain would carry it further out, away from the houses. Unfortunately, we had a dry spell that allowed the huge fish to just sit there and stink up the entire subdivision. Nasty... but every boy with an air rifle did his best to shoot that thing to pieces.
very likely you are correct
I know dats right!
nothing in the same league as this creature.
Humans win again!! Don't mess with us, wildlife.
Not to mention several feet of mouth lined with tiny swords.
Best part of the story:
“When he finally fired, he scored a direct hit, unleashing the fury of the 8-foot, 2-inch beast, which created an explosion of mud and water before it ran toward the lake.
Big problem, because the nylon cord had become tangled at Crawford’s feet, and when he grabbed the line, as it began to tighten, it became wrapped around his hand.
The line went taut and the fish yanked the fisherman into the water headfirst. That’s when Crawford’s dog, Bleux, grabbed him by the cuff of the jeans, creating a bizarre riverbank tug-of-war.
Crawford ultimately was able to free his hand from the cord and stand knee-deep in the shallow canal, gripping his fishing bow, the cord still attached to the mighty fish. “There was no doubt who was in control and it wasn’t me,” the fisherman recalled.
The gar stole 200 feet of cord in a battle that lasted 45 minutes, before Crawford reeled it to the bank. Soaked and exhausted, the fisherman straddled the fish, reached for his cellphone — which he had kept in a waterproof case — and dialed a friend.
The friend arrived with a pistol, which resoundingly ended the struggle, and the two men used a rope and an ATV to drag the quarry to Crawford’s house. “
What does it taste like
taste’s like manantee,goes well with spotted owl.
And *lots* of Choupique.
That one in the picture doesn’t look like it could have weighed 300+ pounds......
Alligator gar are rather lethargic and docile fish. Catching one is like saying you outran a VW Bug in your Porsche 911.......
Did you know that gaspergoo have rocks in their head? I am guessing it’s a calcium buildup for some reason. Probably helps with their grunting calls.
must be a democrat....
It’s icky anyway.
Kinda looks like swordfish.
LOLLLL must be ;)