Fishing Record Fish

Potential World Record Tropical Gar Caught in Costa Rica

Certainly, you wouldn’t want to see this gnarly mug staring at you whether on deck or below water. Native Costa Rican Mauricio Solis Salas was plying a stretch of his country’s Rio Frio with local guide Francisco Naranjo, when he cast a tried and true Mepps Spinner into the murky waters.

The Mepps subsequently got throttled by this fearsome 19-pound tropical gar. The standing all-tackle record tropical gar sits at 11 pounds 6 ounces, so Salas’ gar has a good shot at claiming the IGFA All Tackle World Record should it hold up.

This fish is quite a bit smaller than our huge alligator gar, but an impressive catch nonetheless.