Friday, February 25, 2011

Giant Alligator Gar Caught in Mississippi Lake

 Big news in North Mississippi when a fellow fisherman caught which is believed to me the largest Alligator Gar. Here in South Louisiana growing up we would perch ourselves on the Lake Pontchartrain shore and fish late at night for gar. No one ever ate them but the scales were used like jewels and glued onto things. Some say the earlier settlers here used the scales as arrow heads too. Later on when I began canoeing I would find that fisherman would discard large gars along the sides of bayous. Once I discovered many dead caucuses of gar fish in one spot. Seems a cat-fisherman would find them on his lines and just stack them in one spot on the bank.

 As with most of my art I paint, draw, design from my life here in Louisiana and my child hood growing up. Things that stay in my memory like finding that large stach of dead gar cauces on the bayou bank. In honor of the Alligator Gar I did a simple design that actually sells well on the web at Zazzle. Click the image to see the details of that design.

Alligator GAr Fish shirt
Alligator GAr Fish by figstreetstudio
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Here is a link to all my Alligator Gar designs:

 Info on Alligator Gar from Wikipedia: 

" Alligator Gar ("Gator Gar"), Atractosteus spatula, is a primitive ray-finned fish. Unlike other Gars, the mature Alligator Gar possesses a dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw. Its name derives from the alligator-like appearance of these teeth along with the fish's elongated snout. The dorsal surface of the Alligator Gar is a brown or olive-color, while the ventral surface tends to be lighter. Their scales are diamond-shaped and interlocking (ganoid) and are sometimes used by Native Americans for jewelry."

 Recent Alligator Gar Story and Picture from

 giant alligator gar Giant Alligator Gar Caught in Mississippi (PHOTO)
February 24, 2011-"Thе tаƖе wаѕ reported bу WAPT-TV, Jackson MS, that detailed thаt thе catch by Kenny Williams took рƖасе іn Chotard Lake, Issaquena County. Williams talked tο thе press, saying:
“I don’t even know hοw tο describe іt. It wаѕ јυѕt enormous аnԁ hard tο ɡеt іntο thе boat.” Adding thаt thе alligator gar weighed аn impressive total οf 327 lbs. Thе mass οf thе alligator gar іѕ οn thе οthеr hand 8 ft аnԁ 5 ¼ inches long аnԁ 47.95 inches around thе body. Thіѕ сουƖԁ bе thе Ɩаrɡеѕt animal οf іtѕ kind еνеr caught.
Commonly аn alligator gar measures 7-8 ft аnԁ weighs 100 tο 120 lbs."
Alligator Gar apron
Alligator Gar by figstreetstudio
Many more cooking aprons online at zazzle

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