PHOTO: Alligator gar caught in Corpus Christi area set to break records, Texas authorities say

Paul Hefner and the massive alligator gar (Paul Hefner, Paul Hefner/@tx_fisher)

CORPUS CHRISTI, TexasTexas Parks and Wildlife said Monday that a fisherman on Lake Corpus Christi caught an alligator gar tipping the scales at more than 200 pounds.

“Move over, Rover,” the Texas agency said on social media.

The alligator gar is officially 207 pounds. It was caught and then released back into the waterway. Here is the massive catch in all its glory.

Paul Hefner shared a photo of the catch with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Hefner got in touch with us when we reached out to find him. Take a look at his amazing catch and others he’s made on his Instagram @tx_fisher.

Alligator gar is Texas’ largest and most misunderstood fish, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. There are four species of gar that occur in Texas — longnose, spotted, shortnose and alligator gar. Learn more about the species here.

You can find the record catch for your area here.

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