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Massive Alligator Gar Shot in Texas Could Have Been a Record

Massive Alligator Gar Shot in Texas Could Have Been a Record

On Memorial Day weekend Brent Crawford arrowed this massive alligator gar in Texas.
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from trudeau wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Sorry JM I meant Job not Dog.

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from Tuesday Stine wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

I don't know much about fishing but I think you all should give huntfishtrap a break. He made some valid points about this big fish story. Not sure how old Brent is but he would have to be one heck of a man to fight a 300+ lb gar for 45 min. I do know from fishing large catfish that you never, ever wrap the line around your hand, good way to loose it. One last thought, his dog should have never bit into his leg. A loyal dog will never bite its owner, it would have gone for the fish first. Something smells a little fishy with this story.

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from sticknstring wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Last time I heard; the alligator gar was an invasive species and a scourge to other game fish populations. I would think that taking out a female of this size would have won him a medal from the fish and game department.
I feel sorry for huntfishtrap, you live in a world were nothing amazing ever happens. And the worst part is that it is by choice. You can chose to believe that the impossible or unbelievable happens or that they are just lying. The possibility of the unbelievable is what brings us back to the field every year. It’s what keeps us going.

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from iamfishman wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Wasn't there don't known don't care!! "NOT" Like Jack Nicholas said "Can't we all just get along?! Heck we're all on this ball together and we all at some point or another go through our share of grief be it from others beliefs or predjudisms,and thier own learnings or lessons tought to them to be true! WEIRD AND EVEN MORE UNBELIEVABLE S#IT HAPPENS!! Does it matter how he accomplished this feat?! It doesn't bring down the price of gas but hey I'm applauding him for not wasting it! I was taught don't shoot it if you aren't going to eat it! So be happy !One day someone's not going to believe you cause your story sounds like BS !

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from trudeau wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

That is the biggest fresh water fish i have ever seen. I would like to have a chance to do that SOME TIME. I was curious JM if you were involved in hunting as a job or if hunting was part of you dog.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

JM.. Im sorry I misunderstood. She had many spawning seasons and Im sure her genetics were passed on.

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from JM wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

@libbylo,
I noticed that in the post. I just meant that I hope her genes were passed on at any point in her life.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Huntfishtrap. Your comments about this angler are insulting and lacking in Merritt. Crawford has been a bow hunter all of his life. Just because you disbelieve that such a fantastic shot could not take place, making such such inflammatory claims based on your own anectdotal information would give any angler pause.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Libbylo, you sound like you were there when it happened, were you really there, or are you just repeating what's written in the story because you think it sounds good?
Also, you have the right to believe this story, if you think it's true, and I don't have a problem with that, but I also have the right to disbelieve this story, if I think it's false. And you calling me names isn't going to get either of us anywhere.
And finally, just to repeat what I said in my previous post, since you seem to have missed it; yes, I do think I'm qualified to speak about both recurve bows and bowfishing, since I have been an avid bowfisherman for a number of years, including using recurve bows many times.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

JM... she deposited millions of eggs, but becaue of the water release from Lake Corpus Christi, the spot where she laid her eggs is now dry. Her genetics were lost as a result.. That is so sad.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To Huntfishtrap.. Are you a certified expert on recurve bows and the innate abilities of fishermen? From what empirical basis do you draw your commentary? This recurve bow did take this beautiful female gar and arrow struck true and deep..she did take him into the water with her... the wrap on the hand was a mistake, which was corrected by taking up some slack with his other hand... the arrow held for the 45minutes. no question the arrow loosened but it held ... when that happened Brent got on her back and put his hands in her gills and use her own inertia to move her to the bank. What that means is that for every time the fish fought he used her own body movement through holding onto her gills to get her to the bank. There is no question he struggled to get her as far up on the bank as possible. The call was made to Jim who brought the sidearm. No sportsmen would miss out on an opportunity to land this fish "the good old fashioned way" through a well fought fight... Most true sportsmen, as is Brent, are of high caliber and integrity. Your comments are pedantic, lacking in fact, arbitrary and a sad commentary about how it is you respect your fellow anglers.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

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Wow...!! A monster fish is right. I'm glad I never swam in water with something like that in it.

And all that edible flesh...!! (it is edible, right?) If anyone has eaten one (or a part of one), I'd be interested in what they taste like.

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from rcmich wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Wayne, what are you whinning about? He shot it, he ate it. Not a thing wrong with that.

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from Orange Grove wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

So shooting a younger fish would be ok? And name calling's never really a good way to get your point across. It actually takes away from the validity of your opinion.

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from Wayne Kruzer wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The fish was around for hundreds of years and some redneck figures he has to shoot it.What a loser!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Not trying be overly negative here, but that story has so many holes in it I don't know where to start. My brothers and I have been bowfishing for a number of years, so I know what I'm talking about. For starters, a 45 pound recurve simple wouldn't penetrate a monster like that, because even a small gar's scales are like armor plating. And even if he did get lucky and hit it in a soft spot where the arrow could penetrate the scales, like the throat, the arrow would then have pulled out long before the guy was dragged 75 yards through the water. Which brings us to the next point, no experienced bowfisherman would wrap the line around ANY part of their body when dealing with a huge critter like that, it's insanely dangerous. And finally, the most ridiculous part is him claiming to have dragged the presumably still-fighting fish onto the bank by himself, when he later claims that the 4-wheeler was "barely able to pull it up the bank". There are two things wrong with that, one is that very few if any people are as strong as a 4-wheeler, and the other is if he did go into the water with a gar of that size, he would come out the worse for the encounter, as they are vicious fighters even when wounded.
Sorry guys, but that whole story's BS, I hate to say it, but what most likely happened is that he shot the fish from the bank with a rifle, and then shot it with an arrow to cover it up.

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from Orange Grove wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Way to go Brent!

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from JM wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Scary big. For her to be that big she had to be old. Hopefully at some point she was able to pass on her genes.

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from Orange Grove wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Way to go Brent!

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from JM wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Scary big. For her to be that big she had to be old. Hopefully at some point she was able to pass on her genes.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

JM.. Im sorry I misunderstood. She had many spawning seasons and Im sure her genetics were passed on.

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from trudeau wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Sorry JM I meant Job not Dog.

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from Orange Grove wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

So shooting a younger fish would be ok? And name calling's never really a good way to get your point across. It actually takes away from the validity of your opinion.

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from rcmich wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Wayne, what are you whinning about? He shot it, he ate it. Not a thing wrong with that.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hi...

Wow...!! A monster fish is right. I'm glad I never swam in water with something like that in it.

And all that edible flesh...!! (it is edible, right?) If anyone has eaten one (or a part of one), I'd be interested in what they taste like.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To Huntfishtrap.. Are you a certified expert on recurve bows and the innate abilities of fishermen? From what empirical basis do you draw your commentary? This recurve bow did take this beautiful female gar and arrow struck true and deep..she did take him into the water with her... the wrap on the hand was a mistake, which was corrected by taking up some slack with his other hand... the arrow held for the 45minutes. no question the arrow loosened but it held ... when that happened Brent got on her back and put his hands in her gills and use her own inertia to move her to the bank. What that means is that for every time the fish fought he used her own body movement through holding onto her gills to get her to the bank. There is no question he struggled to get her as far up on the bank as possible. The call was made to Jim who brought the sidearm. No sportsmen would miss out on an opportunity to land this fish "the good old fashioned way" through a well fought fight... Most true sportsmen, as is Brent, are of high caliber and integrity. Your comments are pedantic, lacking in fact, arbitrary and a sad commentary about how it is you respect your fellow anglers.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Libbylo, you sound like you were there when it happened, were you really there, or are you just repeating what's written in the story because you think it sounds good?
Also, you have the right to believe this story, if you think it's true, and I don't have a problem with that, but I also have the right to disbelieve this story, if I think it's false. And you calling me names isn't going to get either of us anywhere.
And finally, just to repeat what I said in my previous post, since you seem to have missed it; yes, I do think I'm qualified to speak about both recurve bows and bowfishing, since I have been an avid bowfisherman for a number of years, including using recurve bows many times.

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from Tuesday Stine wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

I don't know much about fishing but I think you all should give huntfishtrap a break. He made some valid points about this big fish story. Not sure how old Brent is but he would have to be one heck of a man to fight a 300+ lb gar for 45 min. I do know from fishing large catfish that you never, ever wrap the line around your hand, good way to loose it. One last thought, his dog should have never bit into his leg. A loyal dog will never bite its owner, it would have gone for the fish first. Something smells a little fishy with this story.

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Huntfishtrap. Your comments about this angler are insulting and lacking in Merritt. Crawford has been a bow hunter all of his life. Just because you disbelieve that such a fantastic shot could not take place, making such such inflammatory claims based on your own anectdotal information would give any angler pause.

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from trudeau wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

That is the biggest fresh water fish i have ever seen. I would like to have a chance to do that SOME TIME. I was curious JM if you were involved in hunting as a job or if hunting was part of you dog.

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from iamfishman wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Wasn't there don't known don't care!! "NOT" Like Jack Nicholas said "Can't we all just get along?! Heck we're all on this ball together and we all at some point or another go through our share of grief be it from others beliefs or predjudisms,and thier own learnings or lessons tought to them to be true! WEIRD AND EVEN MORE UNBELIEVABLE S#IT HAPPENS!! Does it matter how he accomplished this feat?! It doesn't bring down the price of gas but hey I'm applauding him for not wasting it! I was taught don't shoot it if you aren't going to eat it! So be happy !One day someone's not going to believe you cause your story sounds like BS !

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from libbylo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

JM... she deposited millions of eggs, but becaue of the water release from Lake Corpus Christi, the spot where she laid her eggs is now dry. Her genetics were lost as a result.. That is so sad.

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from JM wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

@libbylo,
I noticed that in the post. I just meant that I hope her genes were passed on at any point in her life.

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from sticknstring wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Last time I heard; the alligator gar was an invasive species and a scourge to other game fish populations. I would think that taking out a female of this size would have won him a medal from the fish and game department.
I feel sorry for huntfishtrap, you live in a world were nothing amazing ever happens. And the worst part is that it is by choice. You can chose to believe that the impossible or unbelievable happens or that they are just lying. The possibility of the unbelievable is what brings us back to the field every year. It’s what keeps us going.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Not trying be overly negative here, but that story has so many holes in it I don't know where to start. My brothers and I have been bowfishing for a number of years, so I know what I'm talking about. For starters, a 45 pound recurve simple wouldn't penetrate a monster like that, because even a small gar's scales are like armor plating. And even if he did get lucky and hit it in a soft spot where the arrow could penetrate the scales, like the throat, the arrow would then have pulled out long before the guy was dragged 75 yards through the water. Which brings us to the next point, no experienced bowfisherman would wrap the line around ANY part of their body when dealing with a huge critter like that, it's insanely dangerous. And finally, the most ridiculous part is him claiming to have dragged the presumably still-fighting fish onto the bank by himself, when he later claims that the 4-wheeler was "barely able to pull it up the bank". There are two things wrong with that, one is that very few if any people are as strong as a 4-wheeler, and the other is if he did go into the water with a gar of that size, he would come out the worse for the encounter, as they are vicious fighters even when wounded.
Sorry guys, but that whole story's BS, I hate to say it, but what most likely happened is that he shot the fish from the bank with a rifle, and then shot it with an arrow to cover it up.

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from Wayne Kruzer wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The fish was around for hundreds of years and some redneck figures he has to shoot it.What a loser!

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