A 327-pound alligator gar caught by rod-and-reel angler Kenny Williams from Chotard Lake in Issaquena County, MS on Monday may surpass the standing IGFA record for the species--by nearly 50 pounds!
Williams' fish measured 8-feet, 5.25 inches, with a 47.95-inch girth.
According to the International Game Fish Association web site, the current all-tackle world record alligator gar weighed 279 pounds and was caught from the Rio Grande River in Texas in 1951.
"At first I didn't think he was that big. But as I was getting him into the boat, it was like, 'How big is this thing?' It was a lot of effort just to get him into the boat," Williams told WAPT-TV in Jackson, Miss. "I don't even know how to describe it. It was just huge and hard to get into the boat."