has anyone ever caught a Gar?

Jacob C.

i've been fishing in the augusta canal by my work on lunch breaks (no luck yet) but i do see some large fish everyday! today i saw probably a 20lb Longnosed Gar. the thing was huge! and he would not bite anything. well not my spinner anyways. anyone have any tips for catching Gar? he's a big one! and i wanna catch him!!
 

Posted by Jacob C. created over 7 years ago - last updated over 7 years ago
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deez nutts

try a spoon or a live minnow 4 sure !! better make sure you use a steel leader the teeth are brutal!

Posted by deez nutts Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

John A Wright

First you'll need a cork, steel leader preferably 9 to 12 inches and small hook one bout the size you would use for perch fishing. First rig the cork up on top then the leader and the hook last. What you should use as bait is a minnow. Once the gar has it you must give it time to swallow the minnow which usually takes 4 to 5 min. You must feed him line the whole time he is trying to swallow the minnow because if he feels to much pressure on the line he will let go. But once you think he has the hook set the hook and enjoy your fight.  

Posted by John A Wright Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Brandon Mabrey

very good john couldnt have said it better myself....

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Jacob C.

what do you mean cork? i am somewhat familiar with using a wire leader from fishing for Pike in CO. do you mean a cork like from a bottle? do you know of any pictures of the rig? i thought about that damn fish all night last night. he's a big'un!!

Posted by Jacob C. over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Brandon Mabrey

he means a bobber jacob, we call them corks, bobbers, etc you know you throw it out and when it goes under the water you set the hook in the fish your fishing for....

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Jacob C.

haha! you learn something new everyday. thanks guys. i have some bobbers but i need some wire leaders and some minnows. i'll catch that lunker!

Posted by Jacob C. over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Mark Marks

I have cought a few when i lived in Texas, we used a minnow and a treble hook. Work every time.

Posted by Mark Marks over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Susan Ovadia

Have not personally fished for or caught a gar but have seen many dead on the rocks below an Ohio River dam. Wicked teeth, so have some heavy duty tackle.

Posted by Susan Ovadia over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Henry V

I;ve been reading Mark Spitzer's new book "Season of the Gar" (Univ of Arkansas Press). It is pretty informative, even if it is a bit too "Gonzo" for my tastes. Anyhow, he writes about catching them, and offers a few interesting historical facts (about campaigns to exterminate the fish).  I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about them, since so little has been written it's a good place to start.

 

 

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

deez nutts

kool going to read that!

Posted by deez nutts Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

steel leader and a live shiner, chub or minnow.... rapalas work too

Posted by Thomas Cook over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

all of this sounds good. but i prefer to use a steel leader, minnows and a treble hook. trebles hook al lthe time. good luck :) their fun to catch

Posted by Jonathan Aguilar over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

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