Mississippi Sportsman Tells Story of Record Alligator Gar Caught in MS

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MS-Sportsman.com tells the story of the massive alligator gar that was caught in a Mississippi Lake by Kenny Williams

Record Aligator Gar

After landing a few fish, I ran into a section of net that was hung on a snag

Based on an interview with Kenny Williams of Vicksburgh, MS, Mississippi Sportsman Magazine was able to get the story behind the massive 327 lb. alligator gar that is bigger than the current Mississippi state record. The huge prehistoric fish was caught by Williams, a commercial fisherman, in nets while fishing for Buffalo.

Because it was not caught with a traditional fishing rod, it will not be a certifiable record for the IGFA or state fishing records. It will instead be mounted and brought to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, MS.

Kenny Williams will likely never forget pulling up the huge fish from his net that morning. "After landing a few fish, I ran into a section of net that was hung on a snag," said Williams. "I untangled it and boated a few more fish before running into another section that was caught on something that felt like a log. Trying not to rip my net, I began tugging on it slow and steady.

Expecting a log, Williams was shocked when the massive head of an enormous alligator gar broke the surface of the water. Although the monster's snout was all that was tangled in the net, the big fish never put up a fight. Williams attributes the fish's inactivity to the cold 40-degree temperature of the water.

For more on the story of Kenny's fish, visit http://ms-sportsman.com/details.php?id=871

Mississippi Sportsman is the leading source for hunting and fishing news on the web and through our print magazine distributed throughout the state. For more information, visit MS-Sportsman.com.

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