Could This be the Largest Alligator Gar Ever Caught in Houston?
What happens when you are fishing in South Texas down around Houston, and you catch a gigantic 300-pound Alligator Gar? You brag about it!
That's exactly what a professional Youtuber and angler, Payton Moore did after snagging one of the largest unofficially recorded alligator gars ever captured in North America.
Payton who resides in Sugarland, Texas was fishing in a Houston area bayou when his 80-pound test line got tested after wrestling with the humongous garfish who was not willing to be reeled in. Eventually, the monster fish was corraled in by using a rope to wrap around one of its fins.
The 32-year-old Moore would not say the name of the bayou in order to protect the fish after releasing it back into the water. The fish weighed well over 300 pounds and was 8 feet, 2 inches long and its girth was 48 inches.
Moore feels that the fish might have been big enough to break a state record but it has to be weighed on a state-certified scale in order to be officially certified.
Dr. Solomon David, an aquatic ecologist at Nichols State University says the fish could have been between 50 to 100 years old, according to the Houston Chronicle. It's estimated that alligator gar can live well over 100 years.
The largest alligator gar on record in the world is 8 feet 5 inches and weighed 327 pounds. Moore's fish was pretty close to breaking that record but one thing's for sure, Payton has one hell of a fishing story to tell and proof on video that it was just not another fisherman's wise tale.