The term ‘river monster’ is used a lot, but this particular creature truly lives up to the description. Not only is she huge, but she also looks like an animal from prehistoric times.
Here we join an enthusiastic fisherman and his guide, Ceelow the hooker, fishing in the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas, with a huge fish head as bait and with hooks pointing in opposite directions. They cast the bait, and it lands in the water with a resounding splash!
Their aim is to catch flathead catfish, but something much bigger makes an appearance!
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Monster in the Trinity River
This section of the Trinity River is not easy to fish. The banks in this spot are made up of soft mud, and both fishermen are constantly slipping and sinking up to their knees. The mud sticks to everything!
At the start of the footage, two fish get caught on both lines at exactly the same time, but at this point, they do not realize what is caught on the one hook! They identify the fish as an alligator gar. She is almost too large for one man to handle, and the fisherman has to get into the water with her. He attempts to show us how magnificent she is, including a glimpse of her sharp teeth.
However, he shows her huge respect at all times and tries to minimize the distress caused to this amazing creature. After a few minutes, he releases her without harm.
How Big Are Alligator Gar?
The alligator gar is a truly extraordinary fish! It is found in Central and North America and lives in rivers, lakes, swamps, bayous, and estuaries. They can live for up to 50 years and reach 10 feet in length and 350 pounds in weight. This particular fish was around seven feet long and weighed around 200 pounds.
It is one of the biggest freshwater fish in the world and has sharp teeth but is not known for attacking humans. It can breathe both air and water and is carnivorous. They are opportunistic eaters who eat a wide variety of other animals. Alligator gar eat other fish (including buffalo fish and carp). They will also eat ducks, turtles, and small mammals, to name just a few!
Is It Normal For Alligator Gar to Be Really Big?
The short answer here is yes. The alligator gar can get really big! They can reach up to 10 feet in length and weigh over 300 pounds. It holds the title of being the second-largest freshwater fish in North America, with only the white sturgeon surpassing it in size.
Remarkably, the Texas state record for rod and reel catch stands at 279 pounds, while the current world record is an astounding 327 pounds. The gar was estimated to be a whopping 95 years old!
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