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Fred Lynch

Big alligator gar

Posted Friday, August 27, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Southeast Missourian, June 9, 1958

This 6-foot, 100-pound alligator gar, taken by net Sunday morning in the Mississippi River here, looks like he'd make a potent foe. From the left, Arthur J. Burton, who caught the fish; Norman and Donnie Mae and Sam King. This huge fish can destroy a lot of other fish in a short while, and Mississippi rivermen warn, might even attack a child wading the stream's shallows. (Photo by G.D. Fronabarger)

EDITOR'S NOTE:

The current Missouri record for alligator gar is a 127-pound fish caught at the Headwaters Diversion Channel in 2007 by Larry Wolfe of Chaffee, Mo.

Larry Wolfe is featured in this YouTube video by the Missouri Conservation Department:

Missouri Record Fish Stories - Alligator Gar

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  • That is one ugly fish...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 9:19 AM
  • You sure can. When I was a boy Russel Faust (used to own Faust Machine Shop) would take me fishing with him. It was from 1971 to about 1976. He had a long list of the poorer families in south Cape that he would drop off fish to. Some liked carp, some like gar or drum and of course everyone loved the bluegill, crappie and catfish. He taught me a lot of lessons along with the fishing. I still miss him.

    -- Posted by jcwill on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 4:27 PM
  • I have actually seen a lot of these and I have seen several gators out in the bayous in Missouri. They are nasty!

    -- Posted by matguy7071 on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 11:01 PM