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Fish of nightmares

With rows of razor-sharp teeth, the hulking, prehistoric alligator gar is a fear-inducing freshwater version of Jaws.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:27 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors

It was the meanest looking animal I've ever seen. Sharp, inch-long teeth studded its broad alligator-like jaws. Its mouth was twisted into a malevolent smirk. Dark eyes big as half dollars turned in their sockets, following my movements.

"Come closer so I can eat you, boy," it seemed to be thinking.

It was perhaps eight feet long. Rope bound its snout, but I still didn't feel safe. Two bullet holes punctuated the top of its massive head, yet still the brute lived.

I had not touched ...

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