Aim low... 244 pound gar

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Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby dan » Fri May 14, 2010 12:38 pm

Pending Sam Rayburn Lake record and BAA World Record Alligator Gar. 8'2", 244.5 lbs, and 44.75" girth. This fish is bigger than we ever imagined taking and it will be on Aim'N Low, Volume II!

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Here is a blow by blow account of what took place when Keith Riehn and Robin Parks landed a Sam Rayburn record Alligator Gar.

After sitting awhile on some rolling gator gar, we decided to move to a different spot for longnose. Just after we switched our Retriever reels for spincasts, a big one rolled out behind us, like it was sticking his tongue at us for giving up. So...I said, "Let's make one more pass thru there, and then we can get out of here."

Halfway thru that pass, we looked down and seen an absolute monster right in front of the boat, only about 1 foot deep! We both said "Oh my God!" at the same time and both shot the fish at exactly the same time. Both were perfect hits right behind the gill and the fight was on! I was very nervous trying to fight the fish due to not having our Retrievers on.

I did my best to stay on the trolling motor to follow the fish on 3 different runs. The power those fish have is awesome! Just as we began to worry that one of our lines was wrapped up, the fish floundered to the top, about 15 yards out. Keith jumped down and grabbed a 3rd bow that did have a slotted Retriever on it and put a 3rd arrow into the fish. With that line, he hauled her right to the boatside while I put bows 1 and 2 on the deck and scrambled to get the gaff ready. Soon, the gaff was in the fish and we could actually take a look at the fish.

WOW, I couldn't believe the size of the head. I knew the fish was a giant before we shot, but man, this was just breathtaking! It took a while to get her into the boat. We literally could not drag her over the side. I was just about to concede to the fact that we would have to tow her to shore when it came to me to try the very back of the boat where the freeboard was less. Finally, both of us managed to grunt and strain enough to get her in. Unbelievable, at least to us!

We got the fish certified at 244.5 lbs, a pending Rayburn record! She was 8'2" and had a 44.75" girth. This day just can't be beat!


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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby lungbuster » Fri May 14, 2010 4:37 pm

Now that is a monster!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby dan » Fri May 14, 2010 9:22 pm

Anyone wanna go swiming down at Sam Rayburn lake? :lol:
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Sat May 15, 2010 3:28 am

waterskier's beware! That thing is a beast. :shock:
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby huntinnurse » Sat May 15, 2010 3:43 am

Wow!! How cool is that??????
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby muddy » Sat May 15, 2010 5:57 am

Saw those pics a couple years ago, still a big fish. Personally I'd rather catch it on hook and line then release it.
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby dan » Sat May 15, 2010 6:20 am

Whats uglier? The fish, or Dudes road rash knee scar?

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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby solocam88 » Sat May 15, 2010 6:30 am

wow :shock:
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby tresleggos » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:27 pm

nice one.......its just amazing the size and amount of these alligators in tx
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Re: Aim low... 244 pound gar

Unread postby BONECRUSHER » Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:56 pm

WOW, really makes are Michigan gars look like tooth pics :shock:

I guess that just means I'm a better shot hittin' these northern dinks :lol:
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