One Oklahoma man got the surprise of a lifetime while bowfishing over the weekend.
Zachary Sutterfield of Durant, OK, was out fishing with family members on beautiful Lake Texoma when he caught a 6ft 9in long alligator gar. The fish weighed in at 170 pounds – being one of the biggest catches in the state’s history.
The Oklahoma Game Wardens posted a photo of Zachary with his catch alongside Nic and Billy Sutterfield who were thankfully there to help him wrangle in the big guy!
According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens,
“Zachary prides himself in being a conservationist. He allowed ODWC (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation) biologist Richard Snow to come and gather data from the gar for important research.”
#BigFishThis weekend angler Zachary Sutterfield of Durant, OK harvested this 6’9” approx 170lb Alligator Gar while…
Posted by Oklahoma Game Wardens on Monday, April 22, 2019
Alligator Gar History
As it turns out, alligator gar are actually a type of prehistoric fish. They are truly remarkable creatures of the sea as fossil records date their existence back to over one hundred million years ago. Not only are the alligator gar the largest species in the gar family but also the largest freshwater fishes in North America alone. Often referred to as “living fossils,” they have maintained some of the characteristics from their ancestors including the ability to breathe in both air and water.
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Platinum Alligator Gar; Atractosteus spatula. Their rare, but special, snowy hue is the result of a pigmentation disorder called Leucism – a partial loss of pigmentation resulting in white, pale or patchy colouration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticles, but not the eyes. (See http://seaa.rwsentosablog.com/platinum-alligator-gar/) #aquarium #tropicalfish #freshwater #ornamentalfish #fishtank #atractosteus #atractosteusspatula #alligatorgar #rarefish #rivermonsters #monsterfishkeepers @wrs.ig
While this Oklahoma catch was a big one, it didn’t beat out the state record.
According to the ODWC, in 2015, a 254.8-pound alligator gar was caught in the Red River.
Paul Easley just made Oklahoma history by reeling in the biggest fish ever caught in state waters! See how big this alligator gar is >> http://bit.ly/1KxlpGF
Posted by River Monsters on Thursday, April 30, 2015
Awesome catch guys.
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