Georgia State Record Longnose Gar

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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

source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources