Lady Angler Establishes West Point Gar Record On Video

New record holder sets her sights on breaking the state record gar.

Mike Bolton | August 9, 2023

Larry and April Waldrop with April’s new lake-record gar from West Point Lake.

Now that April Waldrop has been bitten by the record fish bug, the Hogansville woman has set her sights on something even bigger.

April was fishing for gar with her husband, Larry, and her two sons on West Point Lake recently when she landed a lake-record longnose gar that weighed 23 pounds. The 52 1/2-inch fish was officially weighed in LaGrange.

“We were fishing on a boat owned by a friend of ours named Ken Athon,” she said. “He usually fishes for stripers and other things, but on this night, we decided to fish for gar,” April said.

“My two sons caught the first two fish. One of those fish probably weighed 10 pounds, the other about 12. That’s when I said it was my turn.”

A shad was put on her hook, and she cast out. About five minutes later, something swallowed the bait.

“It was a battle for about five minutes,” she said. “I got it to the boat pretty quick.”

She said her first reaction was that the gar had some scary teeth. She and her husband checked for the record on West Point Lake longnose gar and saw that no one had ever submitted a fish for consideration. They then checked to see what procedures they needed to follow for the fish become an official record.

The following day, they took the fish to Lee’s Crossing Feed & Seed and had it weighed on certified scales with two witnesses.

The record fish set April doing some research. She discovered that the Georgia state record for longnose gar is 31 pounds. She said that is now her goal.

“I’d love to beat that record,” she said. “We’re all going to try for that.”

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Spotted Bass6-lbs., 9-ozs.Wendell Young02/07/1990
White Crappie3-lbs., 14-ozs.Willie Arnold02/15/1989
Black Crappie3-lbs., 6-ozs.Edward Cagle03/14/1996
Hybrid Bass14-lbs., 12.75-ozs.Dustin Pate03/13/2009
Shoal Bass3-lbs., 7-ozs.Danny Swafford08/02/1997
Blue Catfish61-lbs.Jerrimie Tolbert10/22/2022
Flathead Catfish48-lbs.Mike Felter08/22/2020
Yellow Perch1-lb., 2.4-ozs.Toney Booker11/18/2017
Channel Catfish16-lbs., 7.5-ozs.Owen Knabe4/22/2018
Striped Bass40-lbs.Mike Steele3/24/2024
Shellcracker12.64-ozs.Todd Garner05/06/2023
Longnose Gar23-lbs.April Waldrop07/21/2023

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