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Tyler Manning, 22, of Mitchell, poses with his unrestricted state record longnose gar. He got the fish using a bow and arrow and it was 19 pounds, 4 ounces and 54 inches long. (Submitted photo)

Manning gets state record strike

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Tyler Manning had every intention of catching walleye May 23 on the James River, near Rockport Colony in Hanson County.

As he stood there waiting for a bite with his pole, Manning, 22, looked down at the biggest gar he'd ever seen.


"When I saw it, I grabbed my bow, drew it back and got it," he said. "I'd never even seen a gar half that size."

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.