Fisherman Catches "Fish Of A Lifetime" With Record-Breaking Alligator Gar
Keith Dees and his son Huntley caught the biggest alligator gar in the state, weighing in at 165-175 pounds.
The father-son duo have a tradition of fishing on holidays and caught the fish in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.
It took 2.5 hours to reel in the 7-foot fish and secure it in their boat.
The catch broke the state record of 151 pounds, but for the duo, it was more about creating a memory they would never forget.
Keith Dees' Facebook post about the catch received a lot of attention and admiration from the online community.
The alligator gar is described by some as a "fish of a lifetime" and a "dinosaur" due to its huge size.
The fish was officially weighed at Orange Beach Marina and broke the state record with an official weight of 162 pounds.
The post also generated curiosity among some asking what line was used to catch the fish and if the boat flipped when they took it home.
The alligator gar is the largest of seven known gar species and can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 350 pounds.
Historically, the alligator gar were found all throughout the Mississippi River Valley and were believed to have lived as far north as Iowa and as far west as Kansas and Nebraska.
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