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    Default BIG Gar In Rayburn

    Here is a blow by blow account of what took place when Keith Riehn and Robin Parks landed a Sam Rayburn record Alligator gar. Shot with bows!!

    After sitting awhile on some rolling gator gar, we decided to move to a different spot for longnose. Just after we switched our Retriever reels for spincasts, a big one rolled out behind us, like it was sticking his tongue at us for giving up. So...I said, "Let's make one more pass thru there, and then we can get out of here."

    Halfway thru that pass, we looked down and saw an absolute monster right in front of the boat, only about 1 foot deep! We both said "Oh my God!" at the same time and both shot the fish at exactly the same time. Both were perfect hits right behind the gill and the fight was on! I was very nervous trying to fight the fish due to not having our Retrievers on.

    I did my best to stay on the trolling motor to follow the fish on 3 different runs. The power those fish have is awesome! Just as we began to worry that one of our lines was wrapped up, the fish floundered to the top, about 15 yards out. Keith jumped down and grabbed a 3rd bow that did have a slotted Retriever on it and put a 3rd arrow into the fish. With that line, he hauled her right to the boatside while I put bows 1 and 2 on the deck and scrambled to get the gaff ready. Soon, the gaff was in the fish and we could actually take a look at the fish..

    WOW, I couldn't believe the size of the head. I knew the fish was a giant before we shot, but man, this was just breathtaking! It took a while to get her into the boat. We literally could not drag her over the side. I was just about to concede to the fact that we would have to tow her to shore when it came to me to try the very back of the boat where the freeboard was less. Finally, both of us managed to grunt and strain enough to get her in.. Unbelievable, at least to us!

    Sam Rayburn Lake : fishing with bow & arrows.
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    Another way in which you will know that everything is BIG in Texas !!
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    sure will look nice hanging on the wall in the den. reinforce wall that is. . do you have any ideal how much it weighted.
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    That thing is bigger than the national debt. Man if you can eat gar you are set for a while. That is the biggest fresh water fish that I have ever seen. Truly amazing. Good job.

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    Thumbs up Man what I would have given to be in that boat

    What a catch.........you know they're big when you have to hang 'em with a chain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by longcut36 View Post
    sure will look nice hanging on the wall in the den. reinforce wall that is. . do you have any ideal how much it weighted.
    Don't have any idea how much it weighed. That's the full post of the email that I copied and pasted from.
    Tell you what though, I NEVER shoot anything big enough to eat me...

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    327 lbs about 3 to 5 years ago as far as i know.

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    that is a monster

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    Hell of a fish. The fisherman in me is crying though...
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