Longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) at the New England Aquarium | Source: Steven G. Johnson/wikipedia
Associated Press Release
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A giant fish captured in Lake Lanier is a reminder of the monster fish that lurk in the depths of Georgia's lakes.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the prehistoric-looking Longnose Gar caught this month at the northeast Georgia lake is a new state record at more than 30 pounds and nearly 5 feet long.
It was caught in the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on Sept. 4 by Gerald Kennedy of Murrayville.
The Longnose gar is considered a surviving relic from a large group of primitive fish. They have long, narrow snouts with many sharp, needle-like teeth.