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Old 02-06-2016, 06:35 PM   #1
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I went out under 3mb today sheepshead fishing. Bounced around the pylons for hours without so much as a nibble. Pulled up my crab to move and just as it started to come up I hooked a little whiting. I cut him up and sent him back home on a hook. I finally started to catch a couple sheepshead while that cutbait was soaking. After about 30 mins that line with the whiting started to creep out real slow. I picked it up and took up the slack and it took off. after about ten minutes I landed a 3 1/2 foot Alligator Gar. I didn't get a pic because im not wrestling that beast in the kayak but Im 100% on the ID. Do they normally swim in the brackish water here, I had no idea they could live in it
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:14 PM   #2
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Cool catch!

I've seen them on the beaches and in the inlets around the jetties. I caught a 5ft AG at Perdido Pass about 11 yrs ago right next to the wall on the west side. They seem to tolerate saltwater quite well.
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They can be caught from the upper river system all the way to the bay.
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I thought for sure it was a redfish. I was super confused for a second when he rolled up to the surface. I've caught them back home in Tn but I would never in a million have expected that.
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Not too sure about that area but I know here in Niceville I have seen a few BIG alligator gar up in the bayou I fish. I actually had one take a rat red from me back in oct/nov timeframe.
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:09 PM   #6
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Man I want to catch one. I've seen lots of long nose gar in saltwater...even off Navarre but never an AG!
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I've seen them in the bay. There's a few monsters swimming around East River. Used to be, anyways.


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I caught one last year under 3mb as well. I've never even seen one and man was I surprised when I got him into the boat. He looked prehistoric. I guess I did't give him enough respect cause as I was trying to get my hook out he bent back and gave me a nip on the arm. He was back in the water in about 15 seconds after that. A night to remember...
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I threw a cast net over a 4" long nose gar once... It will never happen again.
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AG are fun to catch ive caught a number of them in Escambia with paddle tails... those things are mean and ugly!
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