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I finished my work for the day and decided I wanted to catch a big fish today, so I took off to the creek near my house with some rods, intent on doing just that. I cast a Johnson beetle spin a couple of times and caught a 5" bluegill, which would soon find itself disassembled and repurposed as cut bait for a gar. I've hooked 3 or 4 of them before, but they always broke my line... This time would be different.

I rigged up my 6'6" medium action ugly stik with a few feet of 50 lb leader and tied on a long shank panfish hook. With the cut bait on the hook, I slipped on a bobber about 8 inches from the hook. I walked the bank for a little while, until I saw a dark shape surface. It was time to get rid of my lifetime gar drought.

1 cast was all it took. I plopped the rig about 4 feet in front of him and waited. Within seconds, he was running with it: I counted to 30 and set the hook hard, and he TOOK OFF! My poor daiwa sweep fire was screaming for mercy, but I got his long nose on shore, and used a flannel shirt (which he tore to shreds) to help me grab his beak and toss him on the bank for a photo op and to get the hook out. Not bad for my first gar! Thanks for the read.






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Thanks NCPIERMAN!
And NCfisjingKing, if I can catch one I'm sure you can too! Just need a small but strong panfish hook and 2 feet of 50 lb line, and a bobber rigged about 6-8 inches up from the hook. Then just catch a small bream and cut a 1/2 inch by 3 inch strip and hook it! They seem to feed best at about 5-6 pm right now. Just walk the bank and look for 'em! Waiting 30 seconds for the hook set was torture, I must say.


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It seems to me, that with their long beak and very linear gait through the water, a bridle of some sort could be devised to allow us to tame the elusive gar and use him to make our humble yaks and canoes into gar-drawn chariots


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