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Old 10-13-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default South Louisiana Smoked Alligator Gar

I posted these pics over on facebook and everyone seemed to be very interested, so I thought I would share here. I live on the water in the swamps of south Louisiana. I caught this guy about 25 feet from my backdoor. There was no recipe, I "winged it", like I always do. Used a dry rub and then brushed on some sauce. Smoked at 225 for about 2 1/2 hours over apple wood. Came out fantastic.














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Old 10-13-2016, 08:23 AM   #2
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Holy hell that thing looks like a dinosaur
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:30 AM   #3
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What's it taste like?
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:32 AM   #4
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That fish (and you!) looks like a bada$& mothertrucker! The results look killer, I'd hurt my belly on a big old pile of that gar! Thanks for posting it here; I quit Facebook a long time ago in favor of this place. "Welocme" to the asylum!
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:36 AM   #5
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How did you catch it?
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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Fascinating. I've seen small gar in ponds but didn't think people could eat them. I mean, you can eat anything, but I didn't know people actually ate them.

Thanks for sharing!
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What's it taste like?
It's great. You have to use a mild wood because it takes in the smoke very easily. It has more of a lobster texture than a fish and the caramelized sauce gives it a bit of a crunch. Its one of my favorite fish to cook.
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Great gar- pron and nice catch!
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I caught this one on rod and reel. When we go fishing exclusive for gar we normally use jug lines and a sidearm or bowfish them at night.
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Never had gar smoked. It's very good when deep fried or boiled like crawfish (poor man's lobster).
Nice job on it.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:50 AM   #11
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Nice cook. Made an ugly fish look pretty lol.

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How big do those fish get there?

I looked at some google images...Holy smokes, they show some really big fellas!
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:29 AM   #14
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How big do those fish get there?

I looked at some google images...Holy smokes, they show some really big fellas!


We have caught some in the 120 lbs range. The biggest that I have ever seen come out of our local water was about 190 bs and 7-0 long. The local water bar "Blind River Bar" has a Garfish rodeo every August. They bring in some beast. This bar is about 9 miles downriver from my Boathouse.

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Thats what im talking about.. Very nice !!
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