In case you folks have been wondering why MysticMaral's been missing here's an update from the field..
Fish caught last Friday. 6ft7inches, 170lbs. We're starting to get to thebigger ones as we understand these monsters more and more. Very little information to go on so experience is the only teacher. Best part is the secret place is only two hours from home.
Greg, my fellow gar hunter, and self had a tough time carrying it. The weight given above is a conservative estimate as Greg puts it between 160-200lbs. It certainly was heavier than me (I weigh 175lbs).
Unfortunately, I had the proverbial "one that got away" this day. I set the hook into something big, immediately got into the boat with Greg as helmsman and proceeded to follow this brute. In the exitement of preventing it from entering cover, the boat was thrown in reverse, line got wrapped around the bail, and while I was turning back and shouting at Greg, it surfaced briefly and broke the 100lb PowerPro line. I didn't see it but Greg swears it was "8ft long". I've seen such fish jumping so it's not too much of a stretch.