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Fisherman lands a state record alligator gar

Fisherman lands a state record alligator gar
By: Ryan Tate

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. - Larry Wolfe fishes two or three times a week. He says his catch Monday will not stop him from fishing the same waters in the future.

Wolfe shot an 83 inch, 127 pound alligator gar in the Mississippi River Diversion Channel Monday afternoon.  After a 45 minute fight, the state record fish was in the boat.

"I did not know it was that big, I worried how I would not get it in the boat by myself," Wolfe said.  He normally fishes with his son, but Monday, he was alone, fighting a state record.

"I thought I had a log at first. I followed him around until he got tired," Wolfe said.

Wolfe says it took five or six tries to get the fish into the boat.  When he did, he immediately took it to the Missouri Conservation Office in Cape Girardeau, where an agent measured it, weighed it, and certified it a new state record.

"It is something I have always dreamed of and my dreams came true Monday," Wolfe says.

His dreams will wind up on a dinner plate. Wolfe says he plans on eating his record catch.

"I hear they are really good to eat."

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