The world record for the largest alligator gar caught is 8 feet 5 inches and 327 pounds. The researchers think the fish was 95 years old.
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Are gars aggressive?
Eggs are poisonous and should not be eaten. The best way to handle alligators is to keep them out of the water as much as possible. If you must bring them in, do so in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets.
Do gars bite humans?
If eaten by humans, the eggs can cause illness. Gars are not native to the United States. They were introduced to Florida in the early 1900s and have since spread to other parts of the country, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.
Is gar fish good eating?
The eggs are toxic to mammals. Gar is a member of the family Garidae, a group of insects that includes beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, ants, spiders, and scorpions. It is the largest insect in the world, with a wingspan of up to 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) and a body length of about 1 inch (2.54 centimeters).
How old is a 5 foot alligator gar?
The age of the fish doubles for every additional foot it grows. A 3-foot gar is about 2.5 years old, a 4-foot gar is about 5 years old, and a 7-foot trophy catch is about 10 years old.
“”It’s not just about the size, it’s about how fast it grows and how big it gets,” said John Ritter, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Can you cook a gar?
The fish are difficult to dress, but the meat cooks up white and flaky, and tastes as good as any fish you ever put in your mouth. He cooked me a steak from the side of the lake to prove his point.
Is gar hard to catch?
Hooking a gar is damn near impossible. No matter how sharp the hooks are, the bills on these fish resist penetration. Exploitation baits are the way to go for savvy fishermen.