|North Carolina's River Monster|
That had me thinking about North Carolina’s water system. I have heard rumors of giant catfish in our lakes, and snakeheads have infiltrated some of our rivers. To me though, nothing looks more prehistoric or sinister as the longnose gar. Most adults will range in the 3 to 7 pound range with the North Carolina records hitting the mid twenty pound range. During spawning season, you can pick the males from the females easily. The females are very large, and many males will surround the female.
The gar is considered a nuisance fish. Due to its elongated mouth lined with penetrating rows of teeth, they are hard to catch by line, but put up a huge fight when hooked. Many times you will see a fisherman cut the line without touching the gar to avoid the teeth. Because of this, bow fishing is one of the preferred methods for harvesting gar. Even when bow fishing though, you need special equipment. The gar is lined with diamond shaped scales with a thick skin; therefore nearly armor piercing fish points are a must.