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(WGNO)   Monster alligator gar pulled from park lagoon. Monster, eh? (Checks pictures) GAAAAA   (wgno.com) divider line
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2019-03-11 09:09:11 AM  
Not a GAAAAA, a Gar.
 
2019-03-11 09:15:02 AM  
It's a wonder of nature!  Quick, KILL IT!
 
2019-03-11 09:18:45 AM  
Not bad.  It's a little bloated.

CSB - Years ago, I was fishing this pothole next to one of the local rivers.  There were many potholes in the area that had been *deeply* dug (for sand) years ago. Thick forest had grown all around their banks.  There was pretty much no wading out into one - two feet from the bank and it would be over your head.  The water was really clear and one on side, next to the trail that led in, it kind of swamped into this area where the bass liked to hide (the reason for fishing there).  I was using a Rat-L-Trap which, if it is quiet, makes a lot of noise that you can hear out of the water.

For grins, I thought I would throw the lure out into the middle of this pothole just to see how deep it was.  I don't think it hit bottom but I started reeling it up anyway lest it get hung up.  The water was perfectly still and I could see through it rather well.  I'm steadily reeling and my lure comes into view about 10'+ from the surface and I start hearing its rattle.  About 1-2 feet behind it, looming out of the darkness, aggressively approaching my lure, was this gar that was *easily* as big as the one in the article.  It got to about 3 feet from the surface, saw me, and turned and swam away faster than seemed normal for a fish that size.  I almost shiat myself.
 
2019-03-11 09:53:29 AM  
Jeremy Wade seen packing his fishing gear.
 
2019-03-11 09:56:45 AM  
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2019-03-11 09:59:48 AM  
Let's battle it.
 
2019-03-11 09:59:49 AM  

UberDave: Not bad.  It's a little bloated.

CSB - Years ago, I was fishing this pothole next to one of the local rivers.  There were many potholes in the area that had been *deeply* dug (for sand) years ago. Thick forest had grown all around their banks.  There was pretty much no wading out into one - two feet from the bank and it would be over your head.  The water was really clear and one on side, next to the trail that led in, it kind of swamped into this area where the bass liked to hide (the reason for fishing there).  I was using a Rat-L-Trap which, if it is quiet, makes a lot of noise that you can hear out of the water.

For grins, I thought I would throw the lure out into the middle of this pothole just to see how deep it was.  I don't think it hit bottom but I started reeling it up anyway lest it get hung up.  The water was perfectly still and I could see through it rather well.  I'm steadily reeling and my lure comes into view about 10'+ from the surface and I start hearing its rattle.  About 1-2 feet behind it, looming out of the darkness, aggressively approaching my lure, was this gar that was *easily* as big as the one in the article.  It got to about 3 feet from the surface, saw me, and turned and swam away faster than seemed normal for a fish that size.  I almost shiat myself.


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2019-03-11 10:04:02 AM  
Alligator gar only eat fish and have not been known to attack people. I suppose it could eat little pets like small dogs or cats.
 
2019-03-11 10:04:57 AM  

AeAe: Alligator gar only eat fish and have not been known to attack people. I suppose it could eat little pets like small dogs or cats.


Yeah, but does IT know that?
 
2019-03-11 10:04:58 AM  
That looks like a normal sized alligator gar to me. Those are wicked looking fish.
 
2019-03-11 10:05:42 AM  
Could have been a catfish.

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2019-03-11 10:05:58 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: It's a wonder of nature!  Quick, KILL IT!


FTFA: The alligator gar was dead when it was pulled from the lagoon
 
2019-03-11 10:07:42 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: It's a wonder of nature!  Quick, KILL IT!


Too late, it was already dead.  Pardon me, I'm not frightened by big dead fish.  Ever see a marlin?
 
2019-03-11 10:07:49 AM  

abhorrent1: Marcus Aurelius: It's a wonder of nature!  Quick, KILL IT!

FTFA: The alligator gar was dead when it was pulled from the lagoon


Stop bringing up outrage smothering facts, mkay?
 
2019-03-11 10:08:02 AM  
Indigenous fish spotted in its natural habitat! PANIC!
 
2019-03-11 10:08:17 AM  

Im_Gumby: Not a GAAAAA, a Gar.


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2019-03-11 10:08:19 AM  
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2019-03-11 10:08:35 AM  

AeAe: Alligator gar only eat fish and have not been known to attack people. I suppose it could eat little pets like small dogs or cats.


I bet they snag a duck every now and then.
 
2019-03-11 10:08:39 AM  
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Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.
 
2019-03-11 10:08:40 AM  

abhorrent1: Marcus Aurelius: It's a wonder of nature!  Quick, KILL IT!

FTFA: The alligator gar was dead when it was pulled from the lagoon


Really?  I thought it was a little bloated cause it wasn't having its best day.  :/
 
2019-03-11 10:08:57 AM  
10 out of 10. Would mount above fireplace.
 
2019-03-11 10:09:48 AM  

Im_Gumby: Not a GAAAAA, a Gar.


He must have died while typing it.

/isn't there a St. GAAAAA in cornwall?
 
2019-03-11 10:11:23 AM  

KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.


Their eggs will kill you, though, or just make you wish you were dead if they don't. Now, my mom fishing a tropical gar out of Oneida Lake in 1994, that was a story. (Someone probably dumped an aquarium specimen, Mom's also a biologist, gave it to the DEC people.)
 
2019-03-11 10:12:20 AM  
Mail it from the post office before you get tuberculosis.
 
2019-03-11 10:12:30 AM  
I used to live next to that park, still only a couple miles assy now. I can confirm that there are muuuuch larger alligator gar swimming in the Metairie canals.

For those unfamiliar, Metairie is a suburb of New Orleans. It's separated by a canal with levees in each side, So it's not exactly a backwater hellhole.

/ go to Kenner, brah, if that's what ya want.
 
2019-03-11 10:13:00 AM  
Assy was supposed to be away. :/
 
2019-03-11 10:14:37 AM  

Dedmon: For those unfamiliar, Metairie is a suburb of New Orleans. It's separated by a canal with levees in each side, So it's not exactly a backwater hellhole.


Not saying you're wrong, but your conclusion doesn't follow from your premise.
 
2019-03-11 10:15:24 AM  

LabGrrl: KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.

Their eggs will kill you, though, or just make you wish you were dead if they don't. Now, my mom fishing a tropical gar out of Oneida Lake in 1994, that was a story. (Someone probably dumped an aquarium specimen, Mom's also a biologist, gave it to the DEC people.)


Now, if you said Onandaga Lake, everything in that lake will kill you.
 
2019-03-11 10:16:14 AM  
"Generations of Metairie residents have spent countless hours fishing and paddling around the lagoon, but judging from the comment section below the pictures, no one plans to actually enter the water anytime soon after seeing the monstrous fish".
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That's it keep living in fear, fools.
 
2019-03-11 10:16:35 AM  

SwiftFox: Marcus Aurelius: It's a wonder of nature!  Quick, KILL IT!

Too late, it was already dead.  Pardon me, I'm not frightened by big dead fish.  Ever see a marlin?


Or the Miami Dolphins?

Yeah, I know......
 
2019-03-11 10:16:49 AM  

Halfabee64: LabGrrl: KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.

Their eggs will kill you, though, or just make you wish you were dead if they don't. Now, my mom fishing a tropical gar out of Oneida Lake in 1994, that was a story. (Someone probably dumped an aquarium specimen, Mom's also a biologist, gave it to the DEC people.)

Now, if you said Onandaga Lake, everything in that lake will kill you.


Onandaga is an ancient Cohwanne word meaning "Shait'll fark you up" so yeah.
 
2019-03-11 10:18:09 AM  

KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.


Avoid the roe if you want to live.
 
2019-03-11 10:18:28 AM  

LabGrrl: KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.

Their eggs will kill you, though, or just make you wish you were dead if they don't. Now, my mom fishing a tropical gar out of Oneida Lake in 1994, that was a story. (Someone probably dumped an aquarium specimen, Mom's also a biologist, gave it to the DEC people.)


Yeah, I'm not big on eating roe, so no worries there. Not that I live anywhere near a gar habitat anyway. And who the hell would keep a gar in an aquarium? Besides a public one.
 
2019-03-11 10:18:34 AM  
Dammit, I KNEW that fish looked familiar!

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2019-03-11 10:19:59 AM  

LarryDan43: Mail it from the post office before you get tuberculosis.


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2019-03-11 10:21:15 AM  

mainsail: AeAe: Alligator gar only eat fish and have not been known to attack people. I suppose it could eat little pets like small dogs or cats.

Yeah, but does IT know that?


That's how I feel about lamprey eels. When I lived in NH we used to go swimming in the Lamprey River in Newmarket. The river name was apt, it was a major spawning ground for those things. My FIL said they won't go after people, only fish. I asked him how do the lampreys tell the difference.
 
2019-03-11 10:22:15 AM  

KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.


Tinsnips work well to get a gar out of its jacket. They're very tasty, and anyone referring to them as trash fish is a moron.
 
2019-03-11 10:23:15 AM  
There was a 6ft gar working my underwater fishing lights on Saturday. There silhouette looks like a wwii battleship is swimming by. I have been meaning to look into bow fishing to nab one. I had a small one strike a lure once, but I couldn't seal the deal.
 
2019-03-11 10:26:59 AM  

McGrits: There was a 6ft gar working my underwater fishing lights on Saturday. There silhouette looks like a wwii battleship is swimming by. I have been meaning to look into bow fishing to nab one. I had a small one strike a lure once, but I couldn't seal the deal.


Maybe you are not using the right bait?

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2019-03-11 10:28:42 AM  

Charmin Mao Tse-Bung: KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.

Tinsnips work well to get a gar out of its jacket. They're very tasty, and anyone referring to them as trash fish is a moron.


I've seen Bob Hansler on YouTube clean a gar. I've seen him show how tough their scales are. And it still kinda blows my mind that you'd have to use tin snips on a fish. They're amazing creatures. I should make my way to Texas one day and try and catch one. That should be one hell of a fight.
 
2019-03-11 10:29:03 AM  

Im_Gumby: Not a GAAAAA, a Gar.


In Bahstin it's a gaa
 
2019-03-11 10:29:45 AM  
Can't see or hear a gar without thinking about that lush from Night Of The Hunter; "Garfish is the meanest, ornieriest, bait-stealingest critter in the whole dang river!"  Can't find any scenes online atm, maybe check back later with some James Gleason footage.
 
2019-03-11 10:34:44 AM  

BooksontheBrain: 10 out of 10. Would mount above fireplace.


Wish I were still young and athletic enough to have sex in such weird places.
 
2019-03-11 10:35:03 AM  

cowgirl toffee: McGrits: There was a 6ft gar working my underwater fishing lights on Saturday. There silhouette looks like a wwii battleship is swimming by. I have been meaning to look into bow fishing to nab one. I had a small one strike a lure once, but I couldn't seal the deal.

Maybe you are not using the right bait?

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2019-03-11 10:36:14 AM  

johnny_vegas: cowgirl toffee: McGrits: There was a 6ft gar working my underwater fishing lights on Saturday. There silhouette looks like a wwii battleship is swimming by. I have been meaning to look into bow fishing to nab one. I had a small one strike a lure once, but I couldn't seal the deal.

Maybe you are not using the right bait?

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Idiots.
 
2019-03-11 10:40:28 AM  

KangTheMad: LabGrrl: KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.

Their eggs will kill you, though, or just make you wish you were dead if they don't. Now, my mom fishing a tropical gar out of Oneida Lake in 1994, that was a story. (Someone probably dumped an aquarium specimen, Mom's also a biologist, gave it to the DEC people.)

Yeah, I'm not big on eating roe, so no worries there. Not that I live anywhere near a gar habitat anyway. And who the hell would keep a gar in an aquarium? Besides a public one.


Back in the late 80's I worked at a freshwater tropical fish wholesaler.  Those would have sold like hotcakes.  Hell, some people have electric eels and they'll jolt the shiat out of you.  We also sold puffer fish (they do fine in brackish water) and I still have a scra on my plam when one bit me and took a chunk out.
 
2019-03-11 10:48:31 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Halfabee64: LabGrrl: KangTheMad: [fieldandstream.com image 850x564]

Their scales are essentially armored hide. You need a really good knife to get through if you want to harvest it. They're supposed to be not bad eating.

Their eggs will kill you, though, or just make you wish you were dead if they don't. Now, my mom fishing a tropical gar out of Oneida Lake in 1994, that was a story. (Someone probably dumped an aquarium specimen, Mom's also a biologist, gave it to the DEC people.)

Now, if you said Onandaga Lake, everything in that lake will kill you.

Onandaga is an ancient Cohwanne word meaning "Shait'll fark you up" so yeah.


I think the word you are searching for is Onondaga.
 
2019-03-11 10:54:28 AM  

This text is now purple: Dedmon: For those unfamiliar, Metairie is a suburb of New Orleans. It's separated by a canal with levees in each side, So it's not exactly a backwater hellhole.

Not saying you're wrong, but your conclusion doesn't follow from your premise.


in what way? It's rather cosmopolitan, is a port city so the culture isn't rednecky or even bigoted more than any other major city. The people around here are closer to Bostonians than they are Kentuckians.
 
2019-03-11 10:57:01 AM  

UberDave: Not bad.  It's a little bloated.

CSB - Years ago, I was fishing this pothole next to one of the local rivers.  There were many potholes in the area that had been *deeply* dug (for sand) years ago. Thick forest had grown all around their banks.  There was pretty much no wading out into one - two feet from the bank and it would be over your head.  The water was really clear and one on side, next to the trail that led in, it kind of swamped into this area where the bass liked to hide (the reason for fishing there).  I was using a Rat-L-Trap which, if it is quiet, makes a lot of noise that you can hear out of the water.

For grins, I thought I would throw the lure out into the middle of this pothole just to see how deep it was.  I don't think it hit bottom but I started reeling it up anyway lest it get hung up.  The water was perfectly still and I could see through it rather well.  I'm steadily reeling and my lure comes into view about 10'+ from the surface and I start hearing its rattle.  About 1-2 feet behind it, looming out of the darkness, aggressively approaching my lure, was this gar that was *easily* as big as the one in the article.  It got to about 3 feet from the surface, saw me, and turned and swam away faster than seemed normal for a fish that size.  I almost shiat myself.


Something similar happened when my brother and I were fishing in a lake in northern MN. We were casting plugs from a little paddle boat near a patch of weeds near the shore, just killing time before dinner.
My brother, who was maybe ten years old, had reeled his line in to about three feet from the boat when this giant mouth appeared out of the murk and chomped down on the plug. The line broke almost immediately.
Poor kid's eyes were as big as dinner plates for about an hour.

/was either a muskie, or a really big pike
 
2019-03-11 10:57:56 AM  

AeAe: Alligator gar only eat fish and have not been known to attack people. I suppose it could eat little pets like small dogs or cats.


A fish that size would probably eat ducks too.
 
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