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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Heres a fish for your big tanks.

Date is wrong in the pic. Was taken at Blue Springs when the manatees were in month or so ago.

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Looks like a Florida Gar
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 03:19 AM
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I miss Blue Springs, Alexander springs, Rock Springs, but yeah it definitely looks like a gar
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alligator gar, same species all across the south including Texas, ugly thing and good for???

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alligator gar, same species all across the south including Texas, ugly thing and good for???
They are an endangered species, of course you would want them in your tank.

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Alligator gars are amazing fish - they get quite massive too, like >6' long. They aren't aggressive towards humans either (as I understand) - but they still look scary as hell!

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Some people have those in tanks, then they outgrow the tank and the people are so surprised lol amazing fish though, had those on "river monsters" a while ago
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I used to sit on the dock that my sub was tied up to in port Canaveral Fl and watch those guys buy the dozen swimming around. Cool fish to watch.
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Oh they get bigger than 6' but I agree. Awesome fish. Gentle giants. Harmless unless you hook one and get an incidental bite when releasing them. All fish bite, gars just happen to have sharp teeth. Safe to swim with though
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Yeah, all they eat are small(ish) fish.

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Beautiful fish. No way for me to tell if it is really an "alligator" gar, but Rivermonsters had a great episode on the alligator gar. Like a lot of animals, it got a bad rap early on. Surprisingly hard to catch with a traditional rod and reel. I think they are usually "hunted" with a bow and arrow since they break the surface often.
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I don't think it's an alligator gar. They have wider snouts. Probably some other species of gar. There are tons of them. I've caught several three footers before (not alligators though).
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I don't think it's an alligator gar. They have wider snouts. Probably some other species of gar.
+1 Alligators don't have spots. Could be a longnose gar.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 04:11 AM
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It's hard to tell what kind of gar that is from the picture but check out this video of the alligator gar tank at the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, MO. I stopped their last summer when we went on vacation and that place is amazing and those gar are more than 6' long.


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