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Texas fisherman prevails in epic battle with enormous alligator gar
GrindTV.com ^ | 06/21/12 | Pete Thomas

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at grindtv.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: corpuschristi; crawford; gar; texas

1 posted on 06/22/2012 6:31:57 AM PDT by DFG
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To: DFG

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...........


2 posted on 06/22/2012 6:37:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: DFG

Who the hell fillets an alligator gar???


3 posted on 06/22/2012 6:38:28 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Member of the BBB Club - Bye-Bye-Barry!!! President Barack "Down Low" Obama)
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To: DFG

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.


4 posted on 06/22/2012 6:38:28 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: DFG

Interesting story. (Amateurish storytelling.)


5 posted on 06/22/2012 6:39:52 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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6 posted on 06/22/2012 6:43:27 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Jeremy Wade woulda let it go.


7 posted on 06/22/2012 6:45:43 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Sudetenland
"Who the hell fillets an alligator gar???"

Yep. Much easier to take a skill saw and slice the steaks crossways...


8 posted on 06/22/2012 6:50:10 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Gar is a trash fish. I didn’t think anybody but po’ folk ever ate it. We never even considered doing so.


9 posted on 06/22/2012 6:57:22 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Member of the BBB Club - Bye-Bye-Barry!!! President Barack "Down Low" Obama)
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To: Sudetenland
Who the hell fillets an alligator gar???

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.

10 posted on 06/22/2012 7:00:29 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Sudetenland

If his story is true, Brent Crawford does.


11 posted on 06/22/2012 7:01:07 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Sudetenland

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 :-)


12 posted on 06/22/2012 7:03:06 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sudetenland

Amish....


13 posted on 06/22/2012 7:11:47 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Michigan Bowhunter
More likely Long nose Gar. We are in the northern part of their range. Alligator gar are not this far north.
14 posted on 06/22/2012 7:12:39 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: thackney

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?


15 posted on 06/22/2012 7:15:11 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Feckless
"Amish"

That has been my experience.
16 posted on 06/22/2012 7:16:31 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Member of the BBB Club - Bye-Bye-Barry!!! President Barack "Down Low" Obama)
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To: thackney

That looks more like a big fish wearing a medieval suit of armor.


17 posted on 06/22/2012 7:18:29 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Red Badger
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...........

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.

18 posted on 06/22/2012 7:22:18 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ASA Vet

very likely you are correct


19 posted on 06/22/2012 7:28:31 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: Charles Martel

I know dats right!

Gaspergoo too.


20 posted on 06/22/2012 7:32:25 AM PDT by milkncookies (Molon Labe)
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To: thackney
I've caught some pretty good size North Pike. Best fighting fish I've found, but

nothing in the same league as this creature.

21 posted on 06/22/2012 7:39:28 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: DFG
After shooting it with a bow, he got dragged into the water and the fish was still winning. So he called his buddy who came and shot it with a gun and then they dragged him out of the water with an ATV.

Humans win again!! Don't mess with us, wildlife.

22 posted on 06/22/2012 7:39:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: DTogo

Not to mention several feet of mouth lined with tiny swords.


23 posted on 06/22/2012 7:40:08 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DFG

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. “


24 posted on 06/22/2012 7:52:19 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: PGR88

What does it taste like

taste’s like manantee,goes well with spotted owl.


25 posted on 06/22/2012 7:56:02 AM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied,economy died.)
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To: milkncookies

And *lots* of Choupique.


26 posted on 06/22/2012 8:15:40 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

That one in the picture doesn’t look like it could have weighed 300+ pounds......


27 posted on 06/22/2012 8:40:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: ottbmare

Alligator gar are rather lethargic and docile fish. Catching one is like saying you outran a VW Bug in your Porsche 911.......


28 posted on 06/22/2012 8:45:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: milkncookies

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.


29 posted on 06/22/2012 8:57:50 AM PDT by gopheraj
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To: gopheraj

must be a democrat....


30 posted on 06/22/2012 9:48:25 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Red Badger

It’s icky anyway.


31 posted on 06/22/2012 6:53:23 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Kinda looks like swordfish.


32 posted on 06/22/2012 7:06:33 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: goat granny

LOLLLL must be ;)


33 posted on 06/23/2012 2:19:03 PM PDT by gopheraj
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