Catching a Monster: Local fishermen catch 283-pound gar

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Eddie Ruiz is shown with a 7’1” alligator gar that weighed in at 283 pounds. Ruiz caught the monstrous fish Tuesday morning in a resaca just outside San Benito. (Staff photos by Michael Rodriguez)

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alligator gar2South Texas resacas may not be home to the 12-13 foot alligators that roam the Louisiana bayous, but monsters of a different sort do lurk beneath these waters.

And Eddie Ruiz caught one.

Ruiz, 45, with the help of Ricardo Villanueva, 35, fished a 7’1” alligator gar weighing 283 pounds from a resaca just outside San Benito on Tuesday, May 22.

“At Bekins (where the gar was weighed), they told me it beat the biggest gar they’ve seen by 50 pounds,” an excited Ruiz exclaimed.

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  1. where is the resaca located in sanbenito

    • David on July 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm
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    Now that a wow catch great going guy I use to live in the valle and catch 3 to 4 feet and think they were big back in the 70’s.GREAT FISHING GUY!!!!!!!!

    • Mati Nieto on June 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm
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    • howard johnson on May 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm
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    es done re saca catan.

    1. where is the resaca at???i know its in san benito can u please give me a locatio

    • braulio on May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm
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    awesome catch guys. i am originally from san benito and now live in laredo.

    few people in laredo know what a resaca is.

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