Sunday, August 23, 2009

Longnose Gar In Matlacha Pass

The longnose gar is a common freshwater species all over Florida that we periodically see in the saltwater of Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. For the past few weeks they've been schooling up over one particular oyster bar just north of Matlacha. This seems to happen every summer after we get a lot of rain. Despite their mean appearance, these gar don't put up much of a fight. They do make a great photo and you can see the Gulp Shrimp that this three footer ate in the close up shot.