AR: Shortnose gar record topped at Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE – Tom Kremers of Clarksville added almost a pound
and a half to the state-record shortnose gar mark Sept. 23 when he
caught one that weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces from the Spadra Creek
area of Lake Dardanelle.

Bob Limbird, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission district
fisheries supervisor, verified the species and Cpl. Frankie Tucker,
an AGFC wildlife officer, verified the weight on scales at Harvest
Foods in Clarksville.

According to Limbird, Kremers caught the gar on 30-pound-test line
while fishing for catfish.

“He is very knowledgeable of the type of fish he had caught and
he’s an avid angler,” Limbird said.

The gar was 33 inches long with a 12-inch girth at the widest part
of the body, and a 9½-inch girth at the pelvic fins.

The previous record was held by Lindsey Lewis of Greenbrier, who
caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce shortnose on Big Piney Creek May 24,
2008.

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