AR: Cook breaks own longnose gar record

WARREN – Eleven years ago, Torry Cook set the
unrestricted-tackle state record for largest longnose gar with a
36-pound, 5-ounce fish taken from the Ouachita River.

He smashed that mark Aug. 4 on the Arkansas River. Cook was
bowfishing below Lock and Dam No. 2 when he shot a 54-pound
longnose gar that stretched 66½ inches.

Cook, who lives in Warren, weighed the fish at the Monticello
Post Office. The species was verified by Brad Fontaine, an Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission fisheries biologist based at the
Monticello office.

Most Arkansas state-record fish were caught by conventional
means, which means they were caught by rod and reel. The
unrestricted category is for records caught by other legal means
(bowfishing, snagging and nets, for instance).


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