Gould, Arkansas - Tommy Cantrell of Dumas snapped the
longnose gar state record by more than six pounds June 28 with a
35-pound, 12-ounce heavyweight.
Tommy Cantrell with his 35lb 12oz Longnose Gar
Cantrell was fishing with minnows on Taylor Old River Lake on the
Lincoln County-Jefferson County line when the 68-inch fish took the
bait. The catch topped the record of 29 pounds, 4 ounces taken in
1999 from the Ouachita River by Brandon Polk of Norphlet.
Jeremy Risley, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries
biologist verified the species.
Cantrell quickly followed the rules for applying for a state-record
fish. The gar, caught with a rod using hook and line, was weighed on
certified scales and identified by a “fisheries professional.” Fish
caught on hand-held snagging gear will be considered if they were
taken from waters where snagging is legal. Fish caught using other
methods may be listed in the unrestricted tackle category.
Commercial catches are not considered and electric reels may not be
To apply for a state record, submit a State Record Fish Application,
which is available from all AGFC offices and field employees.
Applications that include at least one witness and a photograph of
the fish carry more weight.
Check out the other Arkansas Fishing Records