Fishing a remote stretch of river few people have been in deep in the heart of Texas, i have been on some absolutely massive prehistoric Alligator Gar. This one is 90 inches (7 1/2 foot) and 200 pounds and was released unharmed after a few pictures so she can grow and reproduce. this makes #9 Alligator Gar over 100 Pounds for 2016 and #4 over 7 foot for the year.
These fish's origins can be traced to the beginning of the Cretaceous period, they have survived pretty much unchanged for 147 Million years and are and absolutely amazing example of a surviving prehistoric top level predator.
They are covered in armored granoid scales, have 6 nostrils, two of which can breath air and fill up the gar's primitive air bladder. they can live in both fresh and full saltwater and feed primarily on rough fish species like small mouth buffalo, common carp, gizzard shad, freshwater drum, perch, talapia. up to 85% of their diet consists of nothing but roughfish species. the oldest alligator gar on record is 86 years old and believe the one in this video could easily be 40-50 years old and has the capability of making hundreds of millions of eggs by the end of her natural life time securing the future of her genetics.