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    Default Bay River, still full of gar

    Still too much ran I guess. After almost a month, the creeks around the Bay River are still full of gar. Can't find any other fish. Lots of baitfish, but schools of gar seem to be keeping all decent fish way.

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    Hope they move out before the Red X Meet on the first of October. Have you also found them out in the river or just up in the creeks.
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    Saw a youtube video on how to make a cool looking knife sheath from gar skin.

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    The Neuse and its creeks are full of gar also... as are all the rivers in eastern NC>
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    I will only bring home what I'll eat. I did a little research and it appears that gar are good to eat so I will be taking one home to try it jf/when I catch one.
    Using the skin for something is also a pretty interesting prospect.

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    I know people from LA who swear Gar nuggets are great. They say keep the fish cold until you skin it, chunk it up and soak it in butter milk. They liked smaller Gar, according to them anything bigger than two feet they would not keep.
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    I had a co-worker who was a "puerto rican Cajun" (his description, not mine). A man born in Puerto Rico who grew up near New Orleans and leaned to love cajun food.

    He tells me that you wrap the gar in burlap, and boil it. Then when you take off the burlap, the meat falls off in flaky, white nuggets.

    Apparently, at little league games, the dads would be behind the first base line with turkey fryers cooking gar...

    just repeating what I was told.. try this at your own risk.
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    I've seen them cook and eat gar on tv. I've heard multiple reports that it tastes more like alligator than fish. We thought about trying to clean one. But it sounds complicated. The roe is toxic, and you don't want the guts to touch anything you plan to eat. It's tempting to cull them when we catch them, but we figured we'd never put a dent in the population. You can almost walk across them. They chase bait fish relentlessly. I'm really ready for them to move on.

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    I imagine a big one would fight pretty hard.

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    They fight stout. They'll jump too. Really hard to hook. Not much flesh in the mouth to hook. So they get off easily, or simply cut lines. A stout leader helps.
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    My son and I love catching them. Cooked one up with some friends this past spring. Cleaning it was a chore and next time I would use a sawsall and tin snips. Cut the backstraps and belly into chunks and fried it. Tastes pretty good it just has a little different texture. The texture is just a little rubbery kind of like calamari.

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    I worked for a couple weeks in Slidell La one SPRING. There was a man and a woman camping under the bridge that caught gar and on Thurs they would leave and drive around towns selling it then be back on Sat to start over. They sold the heads to a local swamp tour place to sell to tourist.

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    Where do all those gar go when not infesting?

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    Cool. Put a gar head on a fire ant hill and instant tourist money

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    Quote Originally Posted by philjam View Post
    Where do all those gar go when not infesting?
    They go back to Raleigh after Salt Life season is over


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