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World Record Alligator Gar

8 feet, 5 and 1/8 inches long, 47 inches in girth and officially 327 pounds.

Is this fish incredible or what? Yes it’s a fish not an alligator, the fish is formally known as the alligator gar. Once said to eat human beings and hunted by many fishermen for the horrific stories being passed around. But the fish is far from being dangerous to mankind, it’s kind of a passive fish, lurks in the weeds and waits for its prey to swim by.

The fish is truly incredible, it has been living on this earth since the prehistoric age when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Probably because of how well God made this fish, alligator gar are covered in diamond shaped armor plating along with a long mouth of dagger like teeth to catch its prey. The fish is basically an unstoppable eating machine!

The alligator gar you see in the picture is now the new world record, it was pulled out of Mississippi Lake. The fish weighs in at 327 pounds and measures 8 feet 5 1/8 inches long. The fisherman that caught this amazing fish was Kenny Williams, but he didn’t catch it with the standard fishing pole and reel. Williams caught this monster alligator gar with a fishing net. When Kenny Williams was trying to pull in his fishing net, he thought it was stuck on a log because every time he pulled the net would not move. After pulling and pulling, he noticed a huge head pop out of the water, it was a long snout with fierce teeth. Williams new it was a huge alligator gar!

Checkout the size of the alligator's mouth and rows of teeth.

Williams’s new world record alligator gar beat out the old record by 48 pounds, the previous record was caught in Texas back in 1951 and weighed 279 pounds. Since the fish was caught with a fishing net, not a fishing pole, the IGFA will not put it in their record books. Williams said he doesn’t mind that though, what he does want is the fish to be preserved at a museum, that’s why he donated it to Mississippi’s Museum of Natural Science. He wants the beautiful fish to stay in his hometown state!

Biologists claim that the record alligator gar looks to be female and the age of the fish to estimated between 50 and 70 years. I’m really just amazed how big these fish get, I totally understand why they got a bad name for themselves a long time ago. The fish does look like some sort of monster from a science fiction movie. Man I can’t imagine what it would be like to reel in one of these huge fish. I remember Jeremy Wade caught one on his fishing show “River Monsters,” took like half an hour just to reel in the monster! They truly are a unique and beautiful fish in their own way.