He smashed that mark Aug. 4 on the Arkansas River. Cook was bowfishing below Lock and Dam No. 2 when he shot a 54-pound longnose gar that stretched 66½ inches.
Cook, who lives in Warren, weighed the fish at the Monticello Post Office. The species was verified by Brad Fontaine, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries biologist based at the Monticello office.