A fisherman caught a 6 foot alligator gar in Houston’s Buffalo Bayou

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – When we tell stories about a massive fish catch, it’s usually about someone several miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

Well, how about an alligator gar that’s about 6 feet long and weighs 130 pounds and is in the 610 loop?

Alex Sosa staggered into the big gar while fishing at Buffalo Bayou in November. He had his 16-foot John Boat on a section of the bayou in the larger East End, near the Gus Wortham Golf Course.

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As for the catch, Sosa says the bait he used was a large buffalo head. So when he got a bite, he knew it was a big fish.

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“I think it was about 30 minutes between the time the fish picked up the bait and put the fish on the boat,” recalled Sosa.

His adventures on Buffalo Bayou near downtown have also brought in catfish, carp, some species of flounder, redfish and even shrimp.

Sosa says he released the alligator gar back into the Buffalo Bayou as he does with all of his catches.

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Houston’s Buffalo Bayou has a history of finding some famously misguided creatures. In 1995, a manatee famously made its way up the Houston Ship Channel, where it lingered in warm water flowing from a city sewage treatment plant. In the absence of adequate vegetation and habitat, wildlife officials fed the manatee lettuce and vegetables. But after a few days, they were left with no choice but to capture her for rehabilitation and eventually return her to the wild where she belonged.

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