Angler Kenny Williams of Vicksburg, Miss., landed an alligator gar Monday that tipped the scales at 327 pounds, possibly a new record for the species. The current IGFA record belongs to a 279-pounder pulled from the Rio Grande in Texas in 1951.
The fish, caught by Williams in Mississippi’s Chotard Lake, measured 8 feet, 5 1/4 inches with a 47.95-inch girth.
“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 told ABC affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson, Miss.
Williams donated his catch to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, where it will be mounted and placed on display.
ok.. growing up i was pretty much raised at the lake. My dad went gar fishing ALOT. I would ocassionaly go with him. I thought i had seen some pretty big gar in my time.. Even as the years have went on my little brothers and dad have keep the bow fishing tradition going. I think one gar that they caught was like 150 lbs. But this thing is a monster!!! Makes you think twice about a swim in the lake to cool off of just float in the sun.. 🙂