On a Quest for a Freshwater Giant: Alligator Gar A tagging study reveals a few secrets of Atractosteus spatula, but the bigger mystery is yet to be solved: how many of its kind populate Florida rivers? This species has irregular round, black spots on the top of its head and over the entire body including the anal fin. This is a mid-sized species of gar. According to the IGFA, the record weight for this species is 10 kg (22 lb). Florida Gar are also taken with bow-and-arrow, gigs or snag hooks. The distance of the eyes is less than two-thirds the length of the snout. Big Catch minimum: 28 inches or 4 lbs. Fishing Tips and Facts: Gar are sporty fighters and can be taken with minnows, artificial lures or frayed nylon cord that entangles the gar’s teeth. It measures from 51.7 to 132.2 cm (20.4 to 52.0 in) long and typically weighs 1.36 to 4.36 kg (3.0 to 9.6 lb).According to the IGFA, the record weight for this species is 10 kg (22 lb).This species has irregular round, black spots on the top of … Florida Gar 9.44 pounds unavailable 3/25/2001 Patric A. McDaniel Lake Lawne, Orange County Butterfly Peacock Bass 9.08 pounds unavailable 3/11/1993 Jerry Gomez Kendall Lakes, Dade County Note: Larger butterfly peacock In Florida, the largest member of the gar family is only known to inhabit coastal rivers in the Panhandle from Gulf County to Escambia County. Examples: If the current record is 100 pounds (45.35 kg), the additional weight required would be 8 ounces (226.7 gm); if the current record is 200 pounds (90.71 kg), the additional weight required would be 1 pound (.453 kg). State Record: 9.44 lbs. Florida Gar are often confused with Spotted Gars, but are distinguishable from each other primarily by their snout length.