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This fish was caught in 2005. Anyone for a swim??

Here is a blow by blow account of what took place when Sam Kennedy and Robin Parks landed a Sam Rayburn (in Texas ) record Alligator gar. Pictures below text.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 toungue at us for giving up. So...I said, "Let's make one more pass thru there, and then we can get out of here."

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!

Halfway thru that pass, we looked down and seen an absolute monster right in front of the baot, 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. Sam 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!

Keith and Larry "the cameraman" show the massive size of the head up close.

Can you believe the size of this tail?

The giant gator gar had to be lifted out of the boat with a backhoe.



J. McDonald Knives
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Re: Recod Gator Gar- Sam Rayburn + pics

Robin is a cool guy to talk to. Thats a good size gar. Looks mouth watering. Wonder if he had it stuffed or just did a replica. I'll have to give him a shout later. I can't wait to sink into one that big.

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Jacob McDonald
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