I'm amazed to see you in the water hugging that monster like it's your grandma. If I hooked that I would probably cut my line. Don't those things eat chihuahuas and small children?
they cant chew, they can only eat things they can swallow. they are also really docile when handled correctly as well as they are very bait specific. its not a raging killing machine. just a misunderstood amazing prehistoric fish that looks a little crazy on the eyes.
i could show you a few videos where people are actually killing them and they are not defending themselves even though they easily could.
its not in their nature to have any natural predators or really anything that could subdue them once they gets passed 4 or 5 feet. when hooked the big gar are more curious and confused than angry and upset about it imo.