Paul Easley with the alligator gar; photo via Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

When we saw this story on yesterday, it got us thinking. With kayak fishing on the rise and paddling anglers flocking to lakes and streams across the country, would anybody ever expect to haul a behemoth like this from the depths of a reservoir in…Oklahoma?

Paul Easley, an Oklahoma angler, landed the alligator gar on Lake Texoma along the Texas-Oklahoma border this week. He weighed the fish before releasing it back into the reservoir.

Measurements were reported in a Facebook post by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation:

"Snagged from Lake Texoma, this 8 ft. alligator gar weighed 254 pounds with a girth of 44 inches and is the largest fish ever caught in Oklahoma waters. Not only is this a massive fish, but it is also a very special and unique fish. Alligator gar are long-lived with only periodic spawning opportunities."

Now we’d just like to see somebody break this record from a kayak. But even if finding a fish this size on the other end of your line isn’t too likely, just knowing they could be swimming beneath you might lend a new perspective on your next paddling trip.

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