A Genuine Honest To Goodness Big ‘River Monster’ In Texas [VIDEO]
Fishing for one of these river monsters is not only fun, it’s a real adventure, as you’ll see in the video below. It’s almost like fishing for a dinosaur, that’s how old this species is, they’ve been around for a long, long, time. It’s called an Alligator Gar. It’s considered one of the largest freshwater fish in North America and this carnivorous beast has a set of teeth that look like something right out of a horror movie (hence the name ‘alligator’). When you get one of these bad-boys on your line, you got to be careful, you definitely don’t one to grab a hold of you with those teeth when you drag it into your boat, you might not get that body part back.
Alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) are ray-finned euryhaline fish related to bowfin in the infraclass Holostei (ho’-las-te-i). The fossil record traces their existence to the Early Cretaceous over a hundred million years ago. They are the largest species in the gar family, and among the largest freshwater fishes in North America. Gars are often referred to as “primitive fishes”, or “living fossils” because they have retained some morphological characteristics of their earliest ancestors, such as a spiral valve intestine which is also common to the digestive system of sharks, and the ability to breathe both air and water. Their common name was derived from their resemblance to American alligator, particularly their broad snout and long sharp teeth.
So Bill packed-up his stuff and went on down to Texas to see one of these river monsters for himself.
He had this to say:
To get a real look at one of these monsters, I’ve come to the Southern United States and hooked up with Kirk Kirkland, the best guide there is to catch Alligator Gar. According to Kirk, Alligator Gar have been around on this planet for more than 100 million years. They can breathe both air and water. They can grow up to about 10 feet long (3 Meters) and weigh as much as 300 lb (140 kg). They can live up to 90 years.
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