There is a thread going on the question of do alligator gar exist in NC.
I think it might be worth starting a new thread devoted instead to the larger topic gar fishing in NC.
I bought a kayak a month or so ago and began kayaking the Cape Fear as it cruises through downtown Wilmington. I soon discovered that the river is crawling with gar. Thousands of them. The last two mornings the river has had a high tide about dawn and I have paddled out at first light and caught a dozen each morning inside of two hours. Many over 3ft.
As a whole I have found that gar:
1. Strike lures, both underwater and on the surface
2. Fight like mad, as you would expect a fish that size to do
3. Jump when fighting for that extra effect
4. The schools can be seen feeding providing a target to cast at in hope they might hit
5. Are finicky enough to be challenging (can’t tell you how often I can cast into a school to no avail.) but still provide lots of action when they are biting
Pretty much all you would want out of a game fish. I find myself getting more and more intrigued by fishing for gar.
I think that they are not fished as much as they could be because they are hard to hook, unless you use the rope lure methodology that has been developed. You also have to don leather gloves before getting them off the line. Some look down on them as a gamefish. Where I am there are so many that I can't ignore that much potential action just cause they are kinda ugly.
I’d be interested in exchanging info with other fisherman on gar fishing tips. I can see topics such as:
1. Which waters hold gar
2. What are the best times/tides to fish
3. Best ways to make the rope lures
4. Sources to buy the lures
5. Best lure colors, lengths, scents, etc.
6. Live bait techniques (haven't tried yet)
7. Gar recipes (haven’t tried them yet but they are said to be a cross between fish and pork.
8. Where the next state record is lurking
So perhaps we can get a good discussion going, and further the art of gar fishing……