HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Gar Fishing' started by ARMYCATS, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. ARMYCATS

    ARMYCATS New Member

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    As much as i used to hate catching Gar when i was catfishing i have found a recent enjoyment in catching a big gar. my problem is i have a hard time hooking them. i use a steel leader and thy just pick up my bait and start swimming, wheni try to set the hook it pulls right out of their mouth. somebody please tell me there is an easier way
     
  2. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    I like to modify old spinnerbaits by cutting off the hook and using a frayed nylon rope skirt. When a gar hits, the teeth become entangled in the rope and he can't get free. I have done the same trick with an old hula popper and it works quite well.
     

  3. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    just havent found a good way havent tryed to catch them
     
  4. joadb

    joadb Member

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    i was catching them last year on circle hooks.i let them run for a bit and then raised the rod and reeled-the hook went right into the side of their mouth every time.
     
  5. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    You might also want to try a bigger hook.
     
  6. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Often we'll use small treble hooks, then tie on a dropper about 6" back and then tie a stinger treble. Hook your bait normally with the first one and we usually let the stinger hang free. If the front one doens't stick, the stinger will often come through and hang on the opposite side of the fish's head and hold.

    Also, if using a single hook and anything but tiny baits, you gotta let them suckers run with a baint for what seems like a minute, or as long as possible in accordance with surrounding structure. If there is a lot of hang-ups and you can't let the fish run long, use smaller bait so that they can get it down quicker, or a stinger/rope set up so that you can hook-up quicker without having to let them run and swallow the bait.

    Hope this helps you in your quest!
     
  7. sarg

    sarg New Member

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    I USE WHITE NYLON ROPE AND UNTREAD IT THEN LET IT FLOAT ON TOP OF THE WATER. THE GAR WILL TAKE THE ROPE AND ROLL WITH IT AND ENTANGLES IT SELF....... REKEASING THE GAR WELL THAT IS A DIFFERANT STORY.

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  8. Shreveport Mike

    Shreveport Mike New Member

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    Use real small treble hooks, and they won't get away.
     
  9. ARMYCATS

    ARMYCATS New Member

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    Thanks for the tips. Im gonna try the nylon rope method
     
  10. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    what size gar are you targeting?
     
  11. ARMYCATS

    ARMYCATS New Member

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    Georgia
    I know an area on post that has gar ranging from about 3-7 ft. The ones that ive caught are fun and put up a fight so i figured i would try to actually target them for once but its harder than i thought it would be. so to answer your question.... the bigger the better
     
  12. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Ben Theres a link to the library ,Tinas Gar Lures its in gadgets an things you can make
     
  13. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    yep. i seen many folks talking about that last year and thats what i was gonna suggest. the rope thing that is.
     
  14. ArmyCatfish

    ArmyCatfish New Member

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    Well Bud looks like we might have ourselves a new method to catch some of them big 6' plus gar we seen down there
     
  15. Rockin' Blues

    Rockin' Blues New Member

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    I've caught several big gar on crappie jigs fishing for crappie.
     
  16. Zing

    Zing Member

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    My son loves catching those things. He uses a green nylon rope with no wieght and ties a small stinger trible hook on it. Site fishes for the gar places it in line with the fish and waits tell it takes the rope, and sets the hook. When the cats are not playing that is how he kills time. Thanks for your service take care and be safe.
     
  17. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    as much as i hate gar i like to catch them i use a nylon stocking paint it hot pink and soak it in chicken liver juice then cast out and reel in caught a 30lb last yr doing this
     
  18. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    a lot of times they'll grab it and carry if for a while and then stop to swallow it
     
  19. urrdone

    urrdone New Member

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    I havent tried it yet but am anxious as that this past summer the amount of gar in the river i fish has expanded. but i have read several articles that say the rope method is best. infisherman had a good article a few issues back that showed good pics of rope "lures." seems easy to do ill repost if works for me.
     
  20. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Gator gar don't take the rope lure well. I don't much care for the method. Gar get teeth tangled in the nylon rope and its difficult, if not impossible to get the lnylon threads out. That makes it hard for the gar to eat. You'd be just as well off shooting the things as they'll often starve to death. Gar are misunderstood, do little or no damage to catfish and other game fish, and are part of the natural process. I try to practice good catch and release and use regular hooks. With longnose gar, I've had good luck with Kahle hooks. It just takes more patience. Wait after the gar stops running and let him sit a while. If he starts moving again, set the hook.