Skip to main content Skip to main content

Bowfisher Reels In Monster Louisiana Alligator Gar

Bowfisher Reels In Monster Louisiana Alligator Gar

Alligator garA bowfisher in northeastern Louisiana reeled in a record alligator gar Sunday.

Brad Doughty, a Downsville, La., native, reeled in a 7-foot, 150-pound alligator gar while bowfishing on the Ouachita River, according to The (Monroe, La.) News-Star.

Doughty, who has been bowfishing for 20 years, told reporters he shot the fish in the air bladder after tracking it near Lazarre Point, after which the gar put up a 25-minute fight, thrashing and pulling Doughty's boat around the river.

It's not the biggest of his lifetime, Doughty said, adding that he's caught fish weighing over 200 pounds in Texas, but the big gar is certainly a local record.


After landing the monster fish, Doughty and a friend cleaned the fish and kept the meat.


According to the International Game Fish Association, the world record alligator gar was a 279-pounder caught by Bill Valverde on Dec. 2, 1951, near Rio Grande, Texas.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now