Expecting a catfish, fishermen get huge surprise at end of line

Expecting a catfish, fishermen get huge surprise at end of line

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Expecting a catfish, fishermen get huge surprise at end of line

Two Oklahoma fishermen set out several rods overnight at Lake Texoma in hopes of catching some catfish, but what ended up at the end of one line came as a huge surprise.

After the beast of a fish stripped all the line from his reel twice, Tim Butler finally got it to shore where his friend Canton Stafford helped land it, according to the post on Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page Tuesday.

Turns out, it was a massive, 6-foot, 2-inch alligator gar that most certainly weighed over 100 pounds. Its girth was 30.5 inches.

“Butler said cleaning the gar would feed the whole camp for the rest of the weekend and then some!” the Oklahoma Game Wardens wrote.

And of course the game wardens making the early morning rounds—T. Hale, B. Walker and T. Runyan—couldn’t help but take a photo with Butler and the huge alligator gar.

The torpedo-shaped fish commonly grow to 6 feet and weigh over 100 pounds, but some do grow bigger.

In another unexpected catch, a commercial fisherman on the oxbow lakes of the Mississippi River in February 2011 pulled in his nets expecting a load of buffalo fish and instead got a 327-pound alligator gar estimated to be 50 to 70 years old.

The biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma was an alligator gar that measured 8 feet and weighed 254 pounds. It, too, was caught in Lake Texoma.

Photo provided by the Oklahoma Game Wardens.

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