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Old 05-12-2022, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default 8 foot 2 inch gar caught in Houston area bayou

Just watched the video. Pretty cool. Some guy from Sugarland caught it
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:19 AM   #2
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:24 AM   #3
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I found this on the Google.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/new...photo-22460925




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Old 05-12-2022, 10:29 AM   #4
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Impressive catch.

http://youtu.be/DOpwlo7Lmjo
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I still donít believe that fish is 300 #ís.


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Old 05-12-2022, 10:32 AM   #6
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Giant! I just don't agree with his belief in removing them from the bowfishing list, those things are everywhere.
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:37 AM   #7
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I know nothing about gar, but I thought the same thing
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:38 AM   #8
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Awesome!
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:39 AM   #9
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Same as all the 300# hogs killed on hereÖ
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:40 AM   #10
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:45 AM   #11
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I know nothing about gar, but I thought the same thing

I watched the video the other day and he pulled that 300# fish on the bank with a rope let me know right there it wasnít 300#ís.


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Old 05-12-2022, 10:50 AM   #12
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Based on this website..... https://txmarspecies.tamug.edu/length-weight.cfm His length of 98 inches would make him approximately 265 lbs
Heck of a fish!
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:50 AM   #13
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the Fish conversion chart from inches to pounds says a 98" (8'-2") gar would average 265 lbs. still a big gar.
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Old 05-12-2022, 11:08 AM   #14
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Hopefully GarGuy will chime in here, but that guy's commentary is such a mouth full of garbage, it ruined the video! Yes, any 8 foot gar is a trophy indeed, BUT they are FAR from scarce! I have one hanging on my wall that is 7'7" and it was 230# and all spawned out as I caught her in August. When a gar reaches the 7'+ range, they slow their length growth some and start to really increase in girth... That's when they really put on weight... Hard to tell from that video, but that one for some reason did not seem to have the girth needed to get to 300#... Also his measuring technique has a lot of "slack" in it... He "measured" it at 8'2", but sure didn't provide much real "evidence" documenting it in the video... Still, it was a great catch. But if you want to catch 'em one after the other, if you have access to the upper end of Trinity Bay and back lakes around old and lost rivers... You can wear yourself out!
I've seen those suckers in Moses Lake rolling in late August when it's hot and sticky and it seemed there were so many you could walk on 'em!! Same thing in the spring on a flood tide or when the lower Trinity is at low to moderate flood stage... Upper Trinity has literally millions of alligator gar juveniles after a wet Spring that will ultimately decimate the game fish population...
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Old 05-12-2022, 11:25 AM   #15
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Old 05-12-2022, 11:37 AM   #16
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I know a guy who shot an 8' even and and 8'2" a few weeks ago on rayburn and they were 223lbs and 238lbs
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Old 05-12-2022, 11:47 AM   #17
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Same as all the 300# hogs killed on hereÖ
Cha-ching!!!!

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Old 05-12-2022, 11:54 AM   #18
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Same as all the 300# hogs killed on hereÖ
Yep I don't believe it until I see it on a scale!

I have killed 6-7 over 300
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Old 05-12-2022, 12:01 PM   #19
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Never shot a hog under 300#, any smaller and they are not old enough
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Old 05-12-2022, 01:58 PM   #20
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That is an absolute monster.......
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:19 PM   #21
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I found him mildly annoying.....
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:22 PM   #22
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Oh cool thats Peyton...good for him! He started his youtube videos just fishing around local ponds on the west side of Houston and has gained a really good following. Always enjoyed his video's. ..not so much his politics though.
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:24 PM   #23
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That ain't the only thing in Houston water ways. This little fella was in cypress

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Old 05-12-2022, 02:25 PM   #24
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Yea, guys like him push to have them delisted for bow hunting but they have no problem gut hooking them.
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:26 PM   #25
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Default 8 foot 2 inch gar caught in Houston area bayou

Thatís a biggun for sure!!!!

After a couple minutes, I opted to turn off the sound rather than listed to him any more!

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Old 05-12-2022, 02:29 PM   #26
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Nice gar. Now go get tested after standing in the Houston water
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:39 PM   #27
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I donít buy the 300# mark but still a giant. Impressive job to keep him out of the brush piles and land him without help.
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:47 PM   #28
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Lot of work landing that dinosaur and filming it by yourself.
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:56 PM   #29
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Our biggest was 7’8”. It went 165. I don’t see an extra 6” making it 135 heavier than that.
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Old 05-12-2022, 02:58 PM   #30
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Never shot a hog under 300#, any smaller and they are not old enough

The biggest one I ever shot, I didnít find until the next day. The coyotes had eaten his back end and his nuts out, and that sob weighedÖÖÖ..298Lbs. Still ****** me off.


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Old 05-12-2022, 03:38 PM   #31
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Our biggest was 7í8Ē. It went 165. I donít see an extra 6Ē making it 135 heavier than that.
I was on the boat with a buddy when he shot a 7í2Ē out of Choke. On scales it was right under 215. As stated before, that dang gar looked like it had swallowed a 30 gallon barrel it was so big around.
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Old 05-12-2022, 03:40 PM   #32
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There was a guy on TKF years ago when it was a really active forum. He fished the Brazos mainly I think and caught so many huge gar that he was in some kind of research program for TPWD on them. Don't remember his handle but I bet there are folks here who know who I'm talking about.

Never seen one in my stretch of the Brazos, just 2-3 foot spotted gar that are still fun to catch on a bass lure.
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Old 05-12-2022, 04:22 PM   #33
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Three hundred or not, that’s still a lot of gar balls !
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Old 05-12-2022, 04:27 PM   #34
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Three hundred or not, that’s still a lot of gar balls !
Tru Dat on a lot of Gar balls. Most would be shocked at how good Gar fillets are cooked on the grill. Fillets gotta be trimmed up well and soaked in ice water for at least 24 hours to get the blood out. To me it’s like a big Op. A little extra work and it’s great eating.
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Old 05-12-2022, 05:16 PM   #35
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Tru Dat on a lot of Gar balls. Most would be shocked at how good Gar fillets are cooked on the grill. Fillets gotta be trimmed up well and soaked in ice water for at least 24 hours to get the blood out. To me itís like a big Op. A little extra work and itís great eating.

If I have to do all that just to eat it Iíll pass.


Iíve eaten gar plenty in my life and never cared for it. Better than going hungry though.


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Old 05-12-2022, 05:39 PM   #36
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If I have to do all that just to eat it Iíll pass.


Iíve eaten gar plenty in my life and never cared for it. Better than going hungry though.


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Yep a guy shared his secret on making shark edible to me one time.

Cut tail off and bleed
Soak in salt water for 24 hours
Rinse and soak in fresh water for 24 hours
Rinse and soak in milk for 24 hours
Cut in chunks and fry like any other fish.

I wonít wait 3 days to eat anything when thereís a PopEyes 10 minutes from me.
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:01 PM   #37
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yeah my first thought was not 300 it was a long fish but not really big around they get really fat looking when they get real big.
they’re always bashing the bowfishermen but we were going after them as trophy fish way before most people even cared or payed any mind to them then the picture started getting around on these huge fish and then They started fishing for them and immediately started the we have to outlaw the bow guys
there’s plenty of they for everybody to enjoy
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Old 05-13-2022, 04:18 AM   #38
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Pretty sure he caught it in the Brazos River somewhere near Richmond. He says several times in the video the word "river" and you can hear and see a train crossing over the waterway also. The fisherman is from Sugar Land as well. The water is pretty muddy like the Brazos River in that area.
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Old 05-13-2022, 04:34 AM   #39
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Yep that is the Brazos river..
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Tru Dat on a lot of Gar balls. Most would be shocked at how good Gar fillets are cooked on the grill. Fillets gotta be trimmed up well and soaked in ice water for at least 24 hours to get the blood out. To me itís like a big Op. A little extra work and itís great eating.
Gar is one of my favorite fish to eat, Fried or gar balls. It is also one of the few filets that does not get mushy after sitting out for a few hours. Makes great
po boys as well.
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Old 05-13-2022, 05:59 AM   #41
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That fish ain't anywhere near 300# and he knows it. He's just claiming it so he has a platform to spew his nonsense.
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Old 05-13-2022, 06:09 AM   #42
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That was a waste of my time, nice gar, but not that big
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Old 05-13-2022, 09:19 AM   #43
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Our biggest was 7í8Ē. It went 165. I donít see an extra 6Ē making it 135 heavier than that.
My biggest came from the Trinity, near Richland-Chambers many years ago that was 7'3" @ 151#. Shot him right behind the dorsal fin and fought him for over 30 minutes in that river bend. Three of us finally got him in the boat, took him ashore so we could measure and weigh him, then rolled him back into the river. No internal organs were damaged so I'm sure he survived the encounter.
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Old 05-13-2022, 09:54 AM   #44
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That was a biggun. I would venture to say several tbhers have gar that size and larger. Great fish but not 8ft nor 300lb.

Congrats to him. All that news hype will be great fir his business.
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Old 05-13-2022, 11:58 AM   #45
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I’m just curious but about how old would a gar that big be?
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Iím just curious but about how old would a gar that big be?
I was directly involved in the sawed otolith study done by tpwd. I have also raised a bunch of them. They grow crazy fast. Females reaching 6 ft in 3 to 4 years. After that, growth in length really slows so guessing age based on length is a crap shoot. Like asking ,"how old us a 6ft man?".

We saved otoliths from a 7ft gar that aged 16 and another that aged 38. There is also some data that indicates otolith aging over states age.

No doubt alligator gar can live to be very old as they gave no natural predators after one year old. They get big fast.
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Old 05-13-2022, 04:30 PM   #47
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Impressive catch.

http://youtu.be/DOpwlo7Lmjo
Great fish. Great hunter. Great video. At one point I cried laughing at his real exprerience.

300 or not. Fart in the wind of time.

Well done MrFisherman.
Good push OP.
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Old 05-13-2022, 05:06 PM   #48
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Saw it on the news last night, looked closer to 200lb
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Old 05-13-2022, 10:56 PM   #49
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yeah when TP&W started talking about gator gar restrictions the were throwing out these crazy number like a 6’ fish was 100 years old and want to do all these restriction with zero hard numbers about the gar.
and you can bet before long they will back off on the strict rules on the trinity river when the white bass and catfish guys will figure out all these gar in the river is eating all their fish lol
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