Flatheads and gar

Discussion in 'Bank Fishing' started by Kwa1994, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. Kwa1994

    Kwa1994 New Member

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    How can you determine the difference between a flathead and blue bite and a gar bite with your clicker on
     
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  2. philly35

    philly35 Well-Known Member

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    Gar will give head shakes and never fully take the bait. Just jerk at it and drop it. They like to play with it. A Flathead will take it and take off at a steady pace. Usually a slow and steady pace.
     

  3. Kwa1994

    Kwa1994 New Member

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    Blue catfish will take off at slow and steady pace too?
     
  4. Kwa1994

    Kwa1994 New Member

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    And about how long do I let the clicker go off on a blue or flathead before setting the hook with a circle hook
     
  5. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Circle hooks work best when you let the fish set the hook themselves. I would recommend using rod holders strong enough to withstand the force of a big hit, and leave the reel engaged. Make sure your drag isn't super tight.
     
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  6. Kwa1994

    Kwa1994 New Member

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    Okay thank you
     
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  7. philly35

    philly35 Well-Known Member

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    I can’t give you an answer for the blues. The rivers I fish don’t have them. But Typer is right. If you’re using circles, leave the reels engaged and in the holder. Don’t try to set the hook yourself if you’re using circles. Personally, I prefer Kahle hooks and I’ll set it myself. That’s just what works for me.
     
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  8. eastforker

    eastforker Well-Known Member

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    I've never figured it out yet for gar.
    I just know something is on the end of the line pulling line out.
     
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  9. Herbhome

    Herbhome Well-Known Member

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    X2 what Stacee said. With a gar it can have you totally convinced a flat or blue is running with your bait until you see it. Caught one last year that came to the top of the water and shook his head trying to get the bait/hook out. It was a dark thirty night and I couldn't see it so I thought I had a whopper of a bass.:smile1:
     
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  10. Bobbycat

    Bobbycat Well-Known Member

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    Blues hit bait hard and move away with it. It is easy to fish them.
     
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  11. Kwa1994

    Kwa1994 New Member

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    Okay thank y’all
     
  12. Johnny Dollar

    Johnny Dollar Active Member

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    Neill,
    Just come clean! Charlie told me that you really like to catch gar and that him and your wife have to keep you on track to catch any cats. Otherwise, you just wander off and fish for gar...
     
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  13. Herbhome

    Herbhome Well-Known Member

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    George, on a slow night I often pray for a gar bite!:smile1:
     
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  14. Johnny Dollar

    Johnny Dollar Active Member

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    Neill,
    Been there done that...but it’s not something I’d like to admit.
     
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  15. Arlo Knapp

    Arlo Knapp New Member

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    I have found gar will take off really fast on the clicker but will usually drop the bait before you are ready to set the hook (or engage the reel to let them set the circle hooks)! A much faster run than a flat or blue. At least where I fish on the upper Osage.
     
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  16. truckgrandpa

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    I caught my first flathead a couple nights ago. It was also a new PB. About four pounds. (phone was dead, so no picture)
    It was funny, because I had just cast it, set the rod in the holder, tightened the line. I was reaching for my Zebco 33 to bait the hook when the rod almost bent double.
    Twenty pound line, I was sure he was going to break it.
    (The rod/reel was South Bend Proton SBP40, using 5/0 circle hook. Bait was a goldfish)

    I wish I could could have got a picture of it.

    Oh, I was fishing from the South bank at Lake Overholser in OKC.
    Grandsons and I are going to try Hefner this Saturday.
     
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  17. truckgrandpa

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    My ex wife caught a gar once. Scared her silly.
    I told her, “Save the hook. We’re low on them.”
    She looked at the teeth and said, “Yeah, right. He can have it!”

    As far as I know, she never went fishing again. At least at Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma.