Aligator Gar

The famous Alligator Gar is a top predator from North America. It’s the biggest freshwater fish in Mississippi river, North America and can grow up to 150kg, the biggest we have in the Phuket Freshwater Fishing Park lake is 30kg.

Species Profile – Aligator Gar

The Alligator Gar (“Gator Gar”), Atractosteus spatula, is a primitive ray-finned fish. Unlike other Gars, the mature Alligator Gar possesses a dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw. Its name derives from the alligator-like appearance of these teeth along with the fish’s elongated snout. The dorsal surface of the Alligator Gar is a brown or olive-color, while the ventral surface tends to be lighter. Their scales are diamond-shaped and interlocking (ganoid) and are sometimes used by Native Americans for jewelry and arrow heads.

Along with its status as the largest species of Gar, the Alligator Gar is the largest exclusively freshwater fish found in North America, measuring 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m) and weighing at least 200 lb (91 kg) at maturity. Kenny Williams, from Vicksburg, Mississippi, has broken the record for largest Alligator Gar ever caught using a net. [1] He caught the fish on February 14, 2011; it measured 8 ft 5 in (2.57 m) long, 327 lb (148 kg) in weight, and nearly 48 in (120 cm) around. The fish is believed to have been between 50 and 70 years old, wildlife officials said. Williams has donated the fish to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson where it will be on permanent display in the future.

The current world record for the largest Alligator Gar caught on rod and reel is 279 lb (127 kg).[2] The largest taken by bowfishing is 365 lb (166 kg).[3] The fish is also known for its ability to survive outside the water, being able to last for up to two hours above the surface.