Re: NANFA-- Acrosteus spatula

Leo Arieux (
Sun, 11 Mar 2001 12:03:43 -0600 (CST)

George :

Let me spin you a little tale about Acrosteus spatula........

About 8 or 9 years ago I was fishing for bream and bass in Paradis, Simoneaux Ponds ( an old converted rice
plantation/farm) Just paddling down the connecting canals in a 9 ft.
pirogue with my ultra weight spincasting rod and fly rod
catching fish when I got this feeling I was being watched ( you know
that feeling ).

I looked around didn't see anyone on the banks, then glanced into the
water right in back of the pirogue and there was a beast from the
Jurassic ! A 6 ft. Alligator Gar just following me lazily along. My
first impression was " I've got to get a bigger boat" as Schnaider said
in "Jaws".

He was a magnificent beast and totally unconcerned about me, probably
looking for a hand out or a hand whatever came easiest.I moved to
another area as I felt spooky with this living log following me.
They get rather big in the Louisiana Bayou
country . B G had a run in with a female Alligator collecting H.formosa,
but I'll let
him tell that story.


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler'

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