Try an 8wt fly rod for some dynamite action . My son and I love fly rodding for gar, we use a 2x streamer tied bendback style .We call them Red Neck Tarpon!!! My son has boated one in the 50 inch range and Piermans son landed one 56 inches.These are game fish to us .Contentnea, Neuse, Trent,Turkey Quarter,Core Creek (Near New Bern)...don't forget the Bowfins. All of these locations are the areas we look for them. For gar we use a bendback streamer in the color white wing with peacock feathers in top. We release our catches ...big gar takes time to get that big!!