Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Alligator Gar Fish

This fish may look like a crocodile, but it's not one. This monster fish is called the alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) and it is a primitive ray-finned fish. The alligator gar is the largest exclusively freshwater fish found in North America, measuring eight to ten feet and weighing at least 200 lb (91 kg) at maturity. The current world record for the largest Alligator Gar caught on rod and reel is 279 lb (127 kg). The fish is also known for its ability to survive outside the water, being able to last for up to two hours above the surface.



















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20 comments :

Anonymous said...

They obviously just love to kill. Do it with your bare hands and I'll be impressed.

Look at those beautiful creatures.

pugster said...

I agree. If you hunt to eat, Ok, If you hunt for your ego, answer to God for taking a life he made.

Anonymous said...

That's what I was thinking. What's the point in killing all those fish? They are not even edible

Anonymous said...

Small penis syndrome, obviously.

Anonymous said...

They are edible just like any other fish.

Anonymous said...

What you guys fail to realize is these are a non native species, and they are destructive to the environment they're in. if you catch one I believe last time I checked, it isn't legal to hook one and NOT kill it. they are a problem fish killing off indigenous species, and making those extinct. These fish are a hazard to the native fish :<

Anonymous said...

Alligator gar are edible, and they are native throughout the south-eastern US and up the Mississippi. Still kind of a jerk move to just kill a fish that might be 50 years old just because you can.

Anonymous said...

The big ones are disappearing, but not from fishermen like this, they were wiped out by years of ignorance about them by people like the "non-native" idiot.

Anonymous said...

To the one who says these are non-native - the Lepisosteidae are as native to the southern US as they come... the idea that an alligator gar is non-native to the waters of the southern US is just plain ignorant.

Anonymous said...

are this alligator gar can you eat them just asking and exactly what do they eat yo survive because they look pretty big in weight and heigh

Anonymous said...

Where I'm from those are considered good eating and especially popular when gator meat is not available. (oddly, not too different in taste) One is a prize to be cut up and eaten with your whole family. 4 is the work of bafoons who have no reason for what they are doing.

Anonymous said...

I say if you can eat it and need food go ahead and do it. If you not going to eat it catch and release after taking your damn pics!

Victor Siwik said...

all species kill. not only for food, but in cases of wolves coyotes< and the ever popular "dogs" (which to me) are as worthless as the imbeciles who say hunting gar is in-humane< do it just for fun. in reality, bowfishermen like myself,who remove gar, carp, buffalo, and other invasive species (native or not)are doing a favor to all game fish and the habitat which they live because there are NO natural predators to take them out! i, personally, take it upon myself to do so almost every chance i get, because I AM a TRUE predator and conservationist. if u have any doubts contact your local fish and wildlife officers or local department of game and inland fisheries..... p.s.--- do a little research b4 running off at the mouth about things u have no idea about and obviously do not understand! happy gar hunting my fellow enthusiasts!!!!!

Anonymous said...

.....if u r going to verbally assault someone u may want to show a slight of intelligence and spell your thoughtless comments correctly. go tea-bag some peta2 imbeciles instead of bothering innocent bowfishermen (and women)!

Cheryl Wilson said...

Theodore Roosevelt was an avid hunter. he established the first national park in order to protect wildlife. the federal govt n each state has experts trained to study n know what is good for the wildlife in the area. all hunters and fishers who do so legally are subject to the rules they make EACH YEAR, depending on each population n how they're doing. they set limits on what animals and fish u can take, incl male or female, size n age etc etc. THE STATE OF TENNESSEE ENCOURAGES ALL FISHERMEN TO REMOVE AS MANY GAR AND CARP AS THEY CAN, N JUST LET EM ROT IF U DONT WANT THEM. IF YOU CATCH ONE ACCIDENTALLY THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO THROW THEM BACK, they want them culled. there are no natural predators LEFT EXCEPT MAN for these fish, they are overpopulating badly. They're ruining their own environment, giving each other too much competition for food, and killing out most the other species of fish. Leave them alone and they are ALL we will have eventually. perhaps man is messing with evolution and natural selection. who can say, because we've done that so much who knows what would happen without our past interference. But if we are responsible for killing out its predators, we must kill them out to try to repair as much damage as we can at this point. THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVT ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING WHEN IT COMES TO THIS. Trained biologists n such. Hunters for the Hungry, btw, feed over 1,000,000 ppl annually thru donations of meat. Deer unmolested will overpopulate, starve, develop cancers n other communicable diseases to spread thru the forests. unless u r a vegetarian u shouldnt judge, have u seen how they raise n kill cattle, chickens etc? give me a chance on the free range, most animals dont get shot or caught and, being well managed, their lives are pretty good, compared to meat animals you buy in the store. also, animals kill, or eat vegetation til its dead. trees and plants give off oxygen n are very good for the planet, so why u veggie heads wanna kill all the plants? what did trees ever do against You? Many ways to look at this issue, a few are correct. Learn before you speak, because a few people MAY believe you, but those who ACTUALLY DO KNOW about the subject will see how little you know.

Anonymous said...

in short, if the state of tenn, who study their wildlife like every state, n set rules n limits on game fishers n hunters, if THEY want you to kill out these fish, must be good reason, cuz u cannot kill a copperhead legally here. trust me, theyre everywhere theyre nowhere near endangered. but the state of tn studies gar populations every year, and if you accidentally catch one they want you to keep it or lay on bank n let it die, they DONT WANT YOU TO CATCH AND RELEASE GAR. or carp. btw i did see comment bout non=native species. gar is native but carp is not, it like kudzu is from the orient, brought here without due study decades ago, whereupon they went wild and became uncontrollable. Gar got out of control because it has no natural predators. Except man. dont doubt it. humans ARE predators

Anonymous said...

"do it with your hands i'll be impressed" clearly has never tried to land any big fish on rod n reel, its impressive. Its all i can do to land an 8 lb fish, try it with one about 80, then try it with a fish this huge, or with a bow and arrow like my feller does it. Its a FAIR FIGHT i guarantee you. I've filmed it many times. its impressive all right, n i cannot do it, n i'd bet my last dollar that Mr or Mrs Unimpressed can't either. oh btw, he HAS killed a few deer with his bare hands. He's very impressive. and when civilization collapses, and it will it always does, look at history, we will live, while overly liberal animal rights activists can pick dandelions all they want, less competition for us survivors.

Anonymous said...

Gar are actually a protected spicies and you need a special permit to have possession of these fish including in Tennessee

Anonymous said...

You can eat them they very good just got to knoe how to cook them

Unknown said...

Protected spicies? Spices? Huh?��