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Fish Identification - Alligator Gar

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Science Name: Lepisosteus spatula
Other Names: gar, garfish, garpike, gater gar
World Record: 279 lbs. Rio Grande River
Environment: river, lake
Techniques: bow fishing
Range: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina

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logan  | Posted: January 25, 2010

i have a lake house down in on hot springs on hammilton i fish in my small cove quite a bit in my lil flat bottom just trolling but right beforeit gets dark i catch a couple pearch and hook them through the back on a jug. usually when i wake up some are gon so i have to go find them but its worth it

dennis  | Posted: March 18, 2009

Funny, I was fishing for Gar yesterday in a rain run off whole. Got two bites & Lost two crank lurs. Today I'm going back with some tougher line and a cable leader. What was that hairy rat like creature swimming around? lol

Kermit  | Posted: July 29, 2008

Like JJ says DYNOMITE. No actually I think that is against the "law". The best way to catch a large gar is on a jug line. Buy 170# leader and some crimps make your own leader use two large hooks. make the leader before attaching it to the jug. Cut the long end of a coathanger and put a small "hook" at one end. shove the hookless end through the mullets mouth and push it out of the tail. Also works great for alligators. Had a gar an 80# try to jump out the water and bite me luckly I fell out the pirogue

pac | Posted: March 30, 2008

I use brim to catch these there lots of fun

bry | Posted: February 12, 2008

thank u for that info im writeing a report on the gar fish

cpb | Posted: July 31, 2007

cut up pieces of mullet on a treble hook does the job.

bassmaster | Posted: July 23, 2007

small hook, with artificial soft bait lure, let the gar hook itself..

shane  | Posted: June 8, 2007

I usually use a bream or chicken gizzards rigged on a root beer bottle for a float and a steel snare

jordan | Posted: April 30, 2007

catch a small bluegill(2-3in) use bobber,steal leader, and small treble hook in bluegill's back. find a school of gar in a slough and cast in front of them. let them run with it until they get away from the rest of the school to swallow the bait. set the hook and hold on.

ram | Posted: April 18, 2007

I usually use chicken liver. That seems to work best in my old home town. I typically fished at night, sprinkled some of the chicken liver blood/juice in a large area, at times, I would use a spot light and then BAMMMMMMM!!!! Hello alligator gar!!! It always seemed to work for me.

erikmhs | Posted: June 7, 2006

Alligator Gars can also be found here in central Texas. But here where i live it seems hard to catch them. Definately use scaled mullet, and be very patient. Usually they'll bite but wait for them to swallow or as soon as they bite it jerk the pole so the line gets all tangled up in its mouth then reel er' in!

Sammy | Posted: May 5, 2006

Here is a fishing tip to catch gar. Use fresh cut bait and a steal leader. My dad uses a panty hoes on his line to catch these fish. See the gar have sharp teeth so they get tangled, and they cant get lose.

latinprince1212 | Posted: January 9, 2006

use small shad to catch the big ones.

proppin robin | Posted: June 7, 2005

I found a number of alligator gar on the wicamaco river in maryland that were approxamitely 36 in.

TIM LAVERGNE | Posted: March 19, 2005

I USUALLY THREAD A CABLE LEADER THROUGH A MULLET OR SHAD USING A CLOTHES HANGER WITH A 6 OR 7ot TREBLE HOOK. IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO CUT ONE OF THE HOOKS OFF SO THAT THEY DON'T FEEL IT. YOU CAN ALSO SCALE THE BAIT SO THAT IT DOESN'T TAKE AS LONG FOR THEM TO SWALLOW IT. IN MARSH AREAS IT'S BETTER TO USE JUGS INSTEAD OF POLES BECAUSE YOU CAN SET MORE LINES MORE EASILY.

clint childs | Posted: March 9, 2005

Gar are more of a nocturnal feeding fish. You can often find them hanging out in open spaces that youd never see them in the day. My way of thinking is if you see a gar you can catch it. They will readily bite anything including a bare hook. The only problem with fishing for gar is setting the hook. Gar are practically solid bone so the hook doesn't really get set to easily. Hot dogs are my favorite type of bait. Any type of meat will work though and the stinkier the better. Have fun

Jeff Baker | Posted: April 24, 2004

To catch gar I like to use a circular hook and cutait, on a bobber about three feet down. When you see them taking it under don't set the hook let them hook themselves, just make sure there isn't any slack in the line. When they hook themselves make sure your drag is set properly they can take out alot of line.

nick grecco | Posted: December 23, 2003

You use small minnows or shiners not large: gars are afarid of prey the size of there girth!! Not a great fighting fish. Fun to catch. Makes a great picture.

Daniel Allman | Posted: December 10, 2003

The best way is to use tremble hooks and use shrimp or worms.

clayton krieg  | Posted: March 18, 2002

To get a massive gar take a leech or two, cut them up so the blood squirts and throw it in the water, gars love it, O lost 3 fingers from this tip.

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