Posted by Kerry Grissett on August 19, 2003 at 09:39:04:
In Reply to: Re: Alligator Gar in the Tennessee River posted by Scott on August 19, 2003 at 09:03:21:
About 25 or 30 years ago I waded the stream that comes out just downstream from where the new Patton Island bridge is now on Pickwick below Wilson dam. Back then it was not uncommon to catch gar that were over 4 feet long and up to about 35 pounds. I don't think they were alligator gar judging by the look of the snout, but it was a long time ago. They used to run in large schools in that area. There were so many at times, that it was very common to have them brush against you while wading.
BTW, we used to catch them by using a piece of braided nylon rope about 6 to 8 inches long. It was doubled over, held together with rubber bands and the monofilament line tied to the bend. No hook. The gar would bite it and usually hold on long enough to drag them into a landing net or to the bank where there was often someone waiting to take them. Never tried eating one myself.
Good luck and good fishin'
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