Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Written by Sarah on February 24, 2011

Just a few days before KVD captured the attention of the fishing world by amassing a paltry 69 pounds of bass over 3 days (that’s fifteen fish) in Lousiana, Kenny Williams managed to capture a 327 pound gar in neighboring Mississippi. He didn’t catch it with conventional sporting equipment (unless his net was painted Sexy Shad) but still, that’s a ridiculously large beast.  Look at the picture – would you want to be anywhere near that prehistoric freakshow, whether it be in the water, on land, or in a mosh pit?

To put it in perspective, the fish weighed about as much as Shaquille O’Neal (although it probably didn’t have the same rapping skillz).

The moral of the story, I suppose, is don’t go swimming in Chotard Lake in Mississippi.

You always hear anglers say things like “I don’t care what I’m catching. As long as I have something pulling my string, I’m just as happy with a mess of bluegills as I am with blue marlin.” Horse crap – sometimes you want something that has a chance of beating you, not because it broke your line or got into a laydown, but rather because in a mano-a-mano (mano-a-finno?) fight he’d do a Mike Tyson on you and leave you for dead.

What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught? Do you care more about the thrill of the fight or is it just pure poundage you desire? More importantly, do you have any good recipes for gar?

This blog was written by Facts of Fishing blogger and all around great guy, Pete Robbins.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=924&id=500721059&l=3332e0ba4e Christopher Barr

    Great blog! Your getting the hang of er lad!

    Hmmm tough questions… Honestly, I really want to get a wall mounter this year (throw the fish back of course but get it blown up). In saying that, big fights are great, but the thought of my latching onto that personal record largemouth/smallmouth bass, and have it jump out of the water, wrap himself around weeds or a stump, or even go under the boat…….makes my stomach want to turn!

    When I drive that hookset into that record bass one day, I want it one place and one place only, and thats to get it into my boat as FAST as I can (without horsing it).

    Once my records been made and that bar is set that high, landing similar bass with a fight will be more fun, and way less stressful haha. What do you think? Makes sense right?!

    Cheers guys,

    Chris (The Ottawa Valley ON.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garry-R-Martin/686739713 Garry R. Martin

    Gonna need a bigger crock pot too!