A father and son’s fishing trip ends when the couple discovers a record-breaking animal that’s even older than a dinosaur. Keith Dees and his son Huntley were on their annual fishing trip in Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Alabama, USA.
moment, They had already caught several redfish and bass before Dees caught something big. He said in a Facebook post: “At about 1130 we decided to fish another spot. I cast a cast and about halfway back to the boat, my rod was taut.”
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moments of confusion
a big fish, “I just fought it off as fast as I could before I saw a big fish swimming next to my trolling motor. I didn’t know what it was until it surfaced after about 30 minutes. ”
talking to outdoor alabama, the official website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Dees said he initially thought it was just another redfish: “We were laughing and joking about that,” he said. “Then I thought it might be a big black drum.”
They have lived for 100 million years.
hard work, It took about two hours of effort to get the fish to the boat. It wasn’t a redfish or a drum, but a long-snouted gar, a fearsome-looking freshwater fish that lived over 100 million years (35 million years before the last dinosaurs died out).
Worried that his rod would break, Dees and his son had to try to get a rope around the fish’s head to pull it into their boat.
big and heavy, The fish was officially weighed at the Orange Beach Marina and tipped the scales at 162 pounds (74 kg), surpassing the previous Alabama state record by 11 pounds (5 kg). Dez had to call the Department of Conservation to see if he was allowed to keep the fish, which he planned to eat, and was granted.
Proboscis gars are the largest freshwater fish in North America, and are known as “living fossils” for retaining some of the characteristics of their prehistoric ancestors. They get their name from their long snout, which is edged with razor-sharp teeth.
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