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Frayed — How to catch hard-fighting gar

I heard the fish, but didn’t see it. My guide recognized the sound immediately.

“That’s a gar gulping air: Look for the bubbles or the rings of water,” said Mark Beason, who was standing on the bow of the boat and quickly reeling in his line. “That was close by.” […]

Bobby C's Outdoors

Rodeo memories: One tough ol’ gar

Rain fell so hard on the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor that day in 1979.

It was ankle-deep in 10 minutes, mid-shin in 15 and at the knee within 20. The power had failed before the rising water had covered the toes of the men and women sitting around the scales at the original Rice Pavilion. […]

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Pending state-record alligator gar shot, MDWFP says

Two men shot a pending state-record alligator gar June 24 while bowfishing along the Yazoo River south of Vicksburg, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks reported today (July 6).

The 234-pound gar, if certified by the MDWFP, will easily replace the current 175-pound State Trophy Fish record for gar caught on any sport-fishing gear except rod-and-reel.

The current record was taken from the Pearl River near Columbia in 1993 by Joseph Sylvest. […]

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Vicksburg fisherman lands 327-pound alligator gar

When Kenny Williams of Vicksburg set out on Valentine’s Day to run his nets on Chotard Lake in Issaquena County, he had no idea he would be landing one sweetheart of an alligator gar. In fact, an alligator gar was the last fish Williams wanted to find in his gill nets; not only can these ancient giants destroy expensive commercial nets, but they also wreak havoc on the buffalo Williams makes his living catching. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Once abundant, gator gar are struggling

I’ve heard they attack people. Any fish that grows to more than 7 feet and 150 pounds, has a tooth-lined snout big enough to grab and hold a grown man’s leg, and lurks in shallow backwaters is bound to generate some scary stories. […]