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A Mouthful of Fun

If you’re quiet enough out on a boat, you’ll often find a torpedo-shaped fish lurking below, a challenge for any angler, not just because of its ability to avoid a lure but also its rows of razor-sharp teeth. There are four species of gar found in Tennessee’s large rivers and reservoirs. Some folks think of them as trash fish, but Wild Side Guide Chris Nischan believes if you haven’t caught one, you’re missing out on one of life’s great adventures.

The state record for gar was caught in Barkley Reservoir and weighed about thirty-eight pounds. But that’s nothing compared to what the TWRA expects anglers to catch in West Tennessee, where the alligator gar is making a comeback. They grow up to ten feet long and weigh as much as three hundred pounds.

From show 2907

To book a fishing trip with Chris, visit his website at http://www.rodandgunguide.com
Here are some links on gar and gar fishing:
http://www.garfishing.com/tn.html
http://www.landbigfish.com/articles/default.cfm?ID=2451
http://www.tnfish.org/SpeciesFishInformation_TWRA/SpottedGarTennessee_LepisosteusOculatus_TWRA.htm
http://www.tnfish.org/SpeciesFishInformation_TWRA/LongnoseGarTennessee_LepisosteusOsseus_TWRA.htm
http://www.garfishing.com/

 

 

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