Two friends caught 23-pound gar using mullet for bait
Fishing in Belhaven, N.C., Connor Friedman and Hayden Mills teamed up to catch a 23-pound gar. They were using mullet as bait when the big fish bit.
Gars are fairly common in the Carolinas, but they often have difficulty getting the hook in their thin mouths. And most gar that anglers do catch are considerably smaller than this one. The North Carolina state record was only slightly bigger than this one, weighing 25 pounds. That fish was caught in the Intracoastal Waterway by Kelly Williams in January 2009.
South Carolina does not list a state record for gar caught on rod and reel, though the bowfishing record weighed 28 pounds, 8 ounces.