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Was told by a local that gar are overpopulated in the Pamlico watershed and are eating everything. Do gar populations go up and down or has it always been this way? Seems they don't have many natural predators so keeping their numbers in check must not happen. Maybe a bounty system - 50 cents per gar?
 

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Was told by a local that gar are overpopulated in the Pamlico watershed and are eating everything. Do gar populations go up and down or has it always been this way? Seems they don't have many natural predators so keeping their numbers in check must not happen. Maybe a bounty system - 50 cents per gar?
probably not overpopulated...i have heard this from lots of people over the years.....I fished a certain river Saturday and it was loaded gar. Been there twice this year...first time didnt see a single gar. If someone saw this river saturday they would swear it was over populated with gar. Neuse below Milburnie is like this sometimes......it is not a problem.
 

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why kill what you don't like or won't eat just because someone says there eating every thing up? fact of the matter is bass, cats, gar, bowfin ,specks, reds and panfish thrive in the same waters,just because there is more of one fish than another does not mean they are eating everything up and yes i catch all those fish in the same body of water.
gar have no desire to kill bass and panfish when there is an abundance of other small bait fish to eat,the new river in jacksonville that i fish often is SO loaded with manhadden its hard to get a fish to eat anything else.
gar actually is great table fare but is very difficult to clean so most people dont bother but if you like lobster you would love poor mans lobster A.K.A gar

 

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I don't know the numbers or any of the scientific "stuff" about the gar. I do see an awful lot of them and wonder sometimes if they are getting out of control, and how their presence effects other fish. I know usually when they are around in numbers I don't catch much else. I'm torn on the idea of weeding them out.
 

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well I know if you catch some of the side creeks around Washington in the hot summer you can ruin a castnet quick in one toss when you grab 5 or 6 of them at once! and they will be so think it sounds like youre sitting in a washing machine from all the air gulping going on around you. Not to mention the false excitement when your fish finder lights up with big arches all under you.
 

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He was probably just another self proclaimed fisheries biologist, lots of them out there... too much of this, too little of that, we need to take fish from here and move them there and so on and so forth.
 

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Here is the way I look at it. We have trotliners on the rivers going at it taking cats out of the river every weekend. Guys fishing for panfish and bass. Almost no one fishes for gar. It only seems logical that they eventually become a problem when everyone takes gamefish but leaves the gar alone. Its a fish that's already resistant to the stuff that kill other fish. Low oxygen etc. Something has to be keeping those those things fat. They aren't eating fish feed.
 

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Fished a certain local flow a bunch of times last year and saw exactly one gar. Fished it last weekend and saw a couple dozen. Hooked two that both came unstuck. Fishing from a kayak without a net I'm kind of glad they got off:eek:
 

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Fished a certain local flow a bunch of times last year and saw exactly one gar. Fished it last weekend and saw a couple dozen. Hooked two that both came unstuck. Fishing from a kayak without a net I'm kind of glad they got off:eek:
i do not use a net or glove just a good rag to fold over there beaks and remove the hook and put back ;)

 

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Well I asked for a conversation :eek: My small creek had a bunch of them mid June. I tossed minnows under bobbers and got 18 strikes, landed 2. I ate them and it was not on par with bowfin.:D My guess is when they are schooled up, the prey fish get hammered. I do think they are cool and so does my grandson who caught one that broke the line. We saw the bobber zipping around so got in the boat and chased it down. He handlined it in with much adventure and excitement, then asked if he could let it go (it was about 26") of course, said I.
 
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