On Sept. 4, 2013, Gerald Kennedy, caught a new Georgia state record longnose gar from the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier.
The 30 lb, 13 oz, 58 3/4-inch gar eclipsed the former state record by 9 ounces, According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) are members of the gar family and are considered relics from a large group of primitive fishes. Longnose gar have an elongated body, are greenish black on top and yellow toward the belly.
They have black spots along their sides and fins. A long, narrow snout contains many sharp needle-like teeth. They prefer weedy areas of deep or shallow lakes and streams. Gar feed primarily on other fish.
Information about Georgia state record fish can be found at www.georgiawildlife.com.
source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources