Oklahoma angler pulls in 192-pound alligator gar
An Oklahoma angler has set a new state record after reeling in a 192-pound, 1-ounce alligator gar last month.
James Tucker of Ardmore, Okla., landed the 7-foot, 7 1/2-inch-long behemoth Jan. 27 while fishing the state's Red River. The fish, with a girth measuring 3 feet, 3 inches, was confirmed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as a new state record last week.
Tucker's fish broke the previous Oklahoma alligator gar record by more than six pounds. Sean Chatham, also from Ardmore, held the former record for a 184-pound, 3-ounce fish caught from the same river in 2006.
Though an impressive catch, Tucker's fish doesn't come close to the International Game Fish Assn. all-tackle world record for the species -- that distinction belongs to a 279-pounder pulled from the Rio Grande in Texas in 1951.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: James Tucker of Ardmore, Okla., landed a new state record alligator gar Jan. 27 when he landed this 192-pound, 1-ounce fish from the Red River. Credit: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation