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Alligator Gar Fishing

The alligator gar, one of the largest North American fishes, occasionally reaches a length of over 8 feet and tops 300 pounds. It inhabits deep holes below sand bars in the channels of slow-moving streams or rivers. Fishing for it on a hot, murky day in a southern river is slow business. The Alligator Gar fights a rolling, jumping battle and can slash any line in seconds with the sharp edges of its teeth and armor-plated scales. To take this fish most anglers use heavy tackle plus about 15 feet of 50-pound test wire leader. Carp or drum serve as cut bait. Experienced anglers know to be patient when the alligator gar chews on...
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Alligator Gar Fish Species Information

Scientific Fish Name: Atractosteus spatula
Other Fish Species Names: Gator Gar
Regions Fished: Alligator gar are found in the southeastern United States: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and in Paris, Illinois in the Twin Lakes area
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Unlike other Gars, the mature Alligator Gar possesses a dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw. These remarkably Alligator-like teeth, along with its snout, give it its name.

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