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story.lead_photo.caption The alligator gar is apparently found readily in area waters and is an invasive species. Bow and arrow fishing for the alligator gar is done while standing in a boat in the waters of Lake Wright Patman. Photo by Neil Abeles / Texarkana Gazette.

Fishing for alligator gar with bow and arrow became a tournament sport locally in 2018 when Deadwood Archery in Queen City held a one-day contest that attracted some 20 hunters.

The teams fished from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for alligator gar in area rivers and lakes. The fish, readily found locally, is considered an invasive species which has little use, is not for eating and is usually thrown away.

Judd Hickerson is getting ready to weigh one of his biggest alligator gar catches during a bow and arrow fishing tournament held in Queen City two summers ago.

Bow and arrow fishing is done from a boat and fishers use modern bows set up for quick response. The hunting bow may use telescopic sights and balancing mechanisms to zero in on a target over a long distance. A line is attached to the arrow with a reel used to bring in the catch.

Some of the fish will weigh 50 to 60 pounds, and teams may catch 10 to 12 fish. When put into large tubs for weighing, it may take several men to haul the tubs around.

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