Ultralight fightin' is on!

Discussion in 'Gar Fishing' started by C_wernett, May 30, 2006.

  1. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Well, the gar fishing has been so good recently, that I haven't even been catfish! We've been fishing the New River in eastern NC, and catching 20 fish a day. We've been fishing fresh caught menhaden either drifted or on a float. I've opted to go exclusively with my light action 6'6" rod with my new Abu Cardinal reel and 4# test. My best so far is a 11lb 2oz streak that took me 20min to land, and left me with sore arms and memories of a freshwater marlin that will last a liftetime untill I get my record!

    My 5 year old daughter escorted us on the cattoon for some gar/white cat fishing this past weekend and I couldn't be more proud of my little angler. She boated 5 gar on a 5'6" ultralight rod, and 4# test, with the biggest being close to 8lbs! Daddy coached her some, set her drag at the start of the day, but I never one touched the rod while she was fighting her fish. Talk about a kiddo I thought was going to sleep forever that night!

    I didn't have the camera with the first trip out, but here are some of the gar my girl caught, and one of the two doubles that her and I got into!
     

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  2. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

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    good going...looks like she's hooked now...she's got a cute smile
     

  3. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

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    still got those cameras???
     
  4. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    Great trip.Thanks for taking us along.peewee-williams
     
  5. ohiohawghunter45067

    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    looks like some good fishing. i take my ultralights to a local canal and catch nice channels. its exciting
     
  6. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Yeah, she is loving fishing already! Pictures and trips like this will help to keep her interest. Oh yeah, I've still got those cameras, no takers yet. Thanks for all the positive posts! I'll let her know how much support she has from others in her fishing ventures!
     
  7. Hannibal Mike

    Hannibal Mike New Member

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    I sometimes like catching gar, and remember my son's first gar. He was fascinated by the fish, snout, and teeth. Someday I would like to catch (and release) alligator gar. I also would like to catch one of our local spotted or longnose gar above 5 lbs and try eating it. I've heard so many conflicting rumors that I want to try it myself. Hard to find larger ones here on the Missi river locally. Hannibal Mike Anyone out there want to show me how to locate and catch an alligator gar? HAVE RODS, WILL TRAVEL.
     
  8. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    We've caught gar up to just over 11lbs so far, with hopes of breaking the state record of just under 20lbs. We tried eating a couple, and didn't find them overly appealing. However, I didn't try any of the recipies that have been suggested and just tried my own thing. Very UNIQUE texture! Drifting live baits has worked the best on catching the biggest fish.
     
  9. breadboy

    breadboy New Member

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    Is the New River the best river for gar? What about Cape Fear, is it good?
    Thanks
     
  10. BigCatDreaming

    BigCatDreaming New Member

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    Thats a very cute kid. Congrats on the gar and i hope you get out there and get after those cats soon
     
  11. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    There are some good gar in the Cape Fear also, but, like the cats, they don't seem to concentrate like they do in the New River. I've seen some real beasts in the New River. Now, if I'm targetting big bowfin, the Cape Fear is where I go.
     
  12. breadboy

    breadboy New Member

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    Bowfin?
    How do you catch those?
    Thanks.
     
  13. bmaultbay

    bmaultbay New Member

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    congrats on the fish. nothing better than a day on the water with your family. we try to go every weekend. never tried, or heard of, an ultralight for cat....hmmmm, might be interesting.
     
  14. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    I often catch bowfin while gar or catfishing. Bowfin don't mind picking up a bait off the bottom, but it can be real fun when they are hitting actively and liveline a shad/shiner/small sunfish under a float on the surface. The biggest thing is not to use a big, obvious hook, or they'll spit a tight line everytime.

    I started using light/ultralight gear for the majority of stuff I fish for a while back. The key is to not "cheap out" when looking at your gear. Get gear that can handle runs, pressure, and is able to adjust the drag smoothly/quickly during a battle, as you often have to tighten down as you wear a fish out, to get it to the landing spot. Line in a major player! I love 4# Trilene Sensation and Spiderwire mono.
     
  15. tatersalad

    tatersalad New Member

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    Love to see those pics of people starting the kids out right.
     
  16. spaceman

    spaceman New Member

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    Take a child fishing and catch a memory for life, It looks like you have a lot of those memorys in your future. She is cute.
     
  17. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    I love to take kids fishing . They don't care what it is as long as it tugs the line.