Shortnose gar record broken

RUSSELLVILLE (AGFC) - Tom Kremers of Clarksville added almost a pound and a half to the state-record shortnose gar mark Sept. 23 when he caught one that weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces from the Spadra Creek area of Lake Dardanelle.

Bob Limbird, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission district fisheries supervisor, verified the species and Cpl. Frankie Tucker, an AGFC wildlife officer, verified the weight on scales at Harvest Foods in Clarksville.
According to Limbird, Kremers caught the gar on 30-pound-test line while fishing for catfish.
"He is very knowledgeable of the type of fish he had caught and he's an avid angler," Limbird said.
The gar was 33 inches long with a 12-inch girth at the widest part of the body, and a 9½-inch girth at the pelvic fins.  The previous record was held by Lindsey Lewis of Greenbrier, who caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce shortnose on Big Piney Creek May 24, 2008.