A new Alabama record for alligator gar has been set by Michael Houseknecht of Mobile. )Spatula means spatula, referring to the shape of the snout. 5/2/2012. Houseknecht caught the Alabama state record alligator gar while fishing the Tensaw River on August 13, 2004. Gary Smyth, Pelham. 9861 S US 127 4/18/1985. The copyrighted information above is from Fishes of Alabama and the Mobile Basin, except for the updated state record information. Cotaco Creek. Gar, Spotted. James Tucker of Ardmore pulled in a 192-pound, 1-ounce alligator gar Jan. 27 from the Red River in Love County, establishing a new state record. United States A new Alabama record for alligator gar has been set by Michael Houseknecht of Mobile. Fax: 606 787-7336 A 140-pound specimen was caught in the Alabama River near Claiborne Ferry in Monroe County on 5 … Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? As with other gar species, spawning probably occurs in the spring. 3 lbs 4 oz. Alligator gars still inhabit the Mobile Delta and adjacent coastal waters, but recent reports indicate that inland occurrences are rare. Dunnville, KY 42528 We have also examined photographs of several individuals collected with hook and line in Dog River, Fish River, and the Mobile Delta. Keith Francher's alligator earlier held the Alabama state record. Alligator gars typically have from 57 to 62 lateral line scales and 23 diagonal scale rows between the anal fin origin and the dorsal midline. ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION:  Register now! The Conecuh River sites where we collected this species were characterized by a moderate current and predominantly sand and gravel substrates. Richard Johnson, Bay Minette Michael Houseknecht/Mobile. Biologists at Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries easily measured the alligator at 15 feet, but weighing it was a big more tricky. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds, making the gator the largest ever killed in Alabama. Adult alligator gars always have two rows of needle-like teeth in the upper jaw, compared to one row in all other gar species. Anglers are encouraged to release alligator gars to increase sporting opportunities for other anglers. 151 lbs 9 oz 151 lbs 5 oz. Gars are a primitive group of fish that use their gills, but they also take in atmospheric air. That alligator measured 14 feet and 2 inches long, and weighed 838 pounds. Five members of the Stokes family caught this monster alligator Saturday in Thomaston, Alabama. It is easy and done in 1 minute and gives you access to special discounts and much more! It took five members of the Stokes family 10 hours to catch the 15-foot alligator. Mobile Delta collections were from brackish water near Mobile Bay, where currents were slow and substrates were composed mainly of silt and mud. Houseknecht caught the Alabama state record alligator gar while fishing the Tensaw River on August 13, 2004. Boaters often see these relatively large fish gulping air on the water’s surface. The fish weighed 151 pounds, 9 ounces. Adult gars always have two rows of teeth in the upper jaw, compared to one row in all other gar species. The only other record freshwater fish caught in Alabama during 2004 was a rainbow trout caught by Gene Louis Hester, Jr., of Childersburg. Fishing Tackle Marketplace 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Alligator gars still inhabit the Mobile Delta and adjacent coastal waters, but recent reports indicate that inland occurrences are rare. In November 1991, we examined two alligator gars taken with bow and arrow in Chuckfee Bay north of the Mobile Causeway. Gar, Alligator. Five members of the Stokes family caught this monster alligator Saturday in Thomaston, Alabama. Jordan Reservoir. 8 lbs 12 oz. 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Lacepede described the alligator gar in 1803. The record fish weighed 151 pounds 5 ounces, the largest fish listed in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ records. Alligator gars are found on the coastal plain of Alabama, and the family includes two other species found throughout Alabama: spotted gar and longnose gar. Personal encounters with this species are limited to collections of several smaller individuals (18 to 30 inches total length) in the Mobile Delta and three larger specimens (45 to 50 inches total length) from the Conecuh River near Brewton. The back and sides of this species are green to gray, and the venter is white. — -- A mammoth alligator gator is breaking records in Alabama. 'Non-scalable' fencing erected around White House in anticipation of protests, Can Trump 'Fire Fauci'? Tensaw River Tensaw River. The vertical fins are tan with varying numbers of round black spots. 8/13/2009 8/13/2004. A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15 feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. on Aug. 16, 2014. CHARACTERISTICS:  Ph: 606 787-7335 The record fish weighed 151 pounds 5 ounces, the largest fish listed in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ records. The Alabama legal limit on alligator gar is two fish per day; no limits are established for other species of gar in Alabama. Richard Johnson of Bay Minette caught the Alabama-record alligator gar on the Tensaw River on Aug. 13, 2009. One author (MFM) remembers that in the 1950s the Demopolis Times featured a photograph of a large alligator gar caught in either the Tombigbee or the Black Warrior River. Eventually, a biologist had to use a backhoe to lift the alligator onto the scale. (The former genus used in Fishes of Alabama and the Mobile Basin, Lepisosteus, means bony scale. It took them 10 hours to wrangle the mammoth beast. HABITAT AND BIOLOGY:  info@landbigfish.com, Alabama - Alabama Record Posted for Alligator Gar, St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass Series Casting Rod, Tipton's Golden Retriever - BACK IN STOCK, Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk - NEW COLORS & SIZES, War Eagle Painted Head Hammered Tandem Willow Spinnerbait, Freedom Tackle Turn Back Shad Vertical Jig, Scales, Weigh Bags, Rulers & Culling Systems. Hester caught a 7-pound, 4-ounce trout in Juniper Spring in Talladega County on June 5, 2004. a list of the State Record Freshwater Fish. Another characteristic of gars is that their eggs are toxic. Anglers seeing spotted and longnose gars often mistakenly call them alligator gars. Mulberry Fork. Herring, Skipjack. One weighed 100 pounds, the other 120. 32 lbs 14oz. Because of the sharp teeth, plates and ganoid scales that a gar possesses, a steel leader was used to reduce the chance of the fishing line breaking. Alligator gars live in Alabama’s coastal estuaries as well as in its major rivers and large streams. A circle hook was used to increase the chance of a hookup with this bony species. STATE RECORD:  The reptile’s age was speculated to be very old, probably in the 50s. 8/26/1987. Gars, along with bowfins, have ganoid scales—rough, primitive scales made of bone and an enamel-like substance. Gar, Longnose. Bobby Lee Davis, Bessemer Alligator gar fishing is popular with Mobile Delta anglers because of the fish’s large size. DISTRIBUTION:  Houseknecht used fresh whole mullet as bait to catch his Alabama record alligator gar. Younger individuals may have only one row. It took them 10 hours to wrangle the mammoth beast. The Alabama State record alligator was taken by Keith Fancher of Sterrett, Alabama measuring 14-feet, 2 inches and weighing in at 838 pounds. A 140-pound specimen was caught in the Alabama River near Claiborne Ferry in Monroe County on 5 July 1928 (John Hall, 1992, personal communication). One author (MFM) remembers that in the 1950s the Demopolis Times featured a photograph of a large alligator gar caught in either the Tombigbee or the Black Warrior River. Houseknecht received a certificate from the Department signed by Governor Bob Riley, Commissioner Barnett Lawley, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director M. N. “Corky” Pugh, and Fisheries Section Chief Stan Cook.