Went cattin last night in the south bay of lake Champlain. Had four good runs and broke off four times. I was using 30 lb. stren big game, with a 14 inch. wire leader, and circle hooks. I was baited up with cut herring,and suckers. I know it had to have been gar that broke me off----i think. Question is Would it help to use a longer wire leader. Seems to me 14 inch would be long enough. The thing that really puzzles me is how can a circle hook, even hook into a gar?? I dont have much experence with gar as ive only caught one, Which was a three and, a half ft. needle nose. When i pulled him out of the water he had the sucker in his mouth,and the line wrapped around his snout.but the circle hook wasnt set. Is there a way i can avoid this problem? Is a longer wire leader the ans.?