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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.
 

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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
 

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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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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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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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I've never figured it out yet for gar.
I just know something is on the end of the line pulling line out.
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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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 out. It was a dark thirty night and I couldn't see it so I thought I had a whopper of a bass.:smile1:
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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How can you determine the difference between a flathead and blue bite and a gar bite with your clicker on
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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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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George, on a slow night I often pray for a gar bite!:smile1:
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.
 
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