Prehistoric fish with ganoid (bony) scales that have
peg-and-socket joints forming a hard armor. Irregular round, spots
occur on top of the head, all over the body and fins.
They are found in the Ochlockonee River and waters east and
south in peninsular Florida where they inhabit streams, canals and
lakes with mud or sand bottoms near underwater vegetation.
use an airbladder to breathe air in low-oxygen water. Spawning
occurs in late winter and early spring when both sexes congregate
in shallow weedy waters where the females discharge adhesive eggs.
Newly hatched young possess an adhesive organ on the end of their
snout and stay attached to vegetation until 3/4-inch long. Adults
primarily feed on fish, shrimp and crayfish.
9.44 lbs. Big Catch: 28 inches or 5 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Gar are sporty fighters and can be taken with minnows, artificial lures or frayed nylon cord that entangles the gar’s teeth. They are also taken with bow-and-arrow, gigs or snag hooks.
Image Credit: Duane Raver, Jr.