Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I Fought The Gar And The Gar Won

Keen-eyed readers of this popular international mind blog will know that Gar fishing is in the air like some kind of obsession. One of the best things out there, get on the Gar.

Which I did, fishing for Gar and Gar only. It started off well, with the Triassic beasts taking shad baited hooks and running around the spillway pool. Big excitement, well done, then they'd drop the bait in disgust, just as you're about to set the hook. 

This went on for hours; moments of intense excitement followed by let down as the Gar swum off.

Some Guy With A Gar

I tried all kinds of presentations and half the time the dinosaurlike fish were receptive. They'd pounce on the bait, play with the bait, chew on the bait, snap their jaws on the bait and run with it, and then drop it after five or so minutes of surging around.

Neat to watch, less neat to see the shad dropped right at the moment you're about to close the deal. And that's just it, all I caught was an accidental Bluegill, no Gar.

The Bush War

So what went wrong? The bait was right, the hooks were right and the Gar were taking them. The failure, surely, lay in the hookset. Perhaps I waited too long, erring on the side of caution, afraid that the fish would drop their delicious shad if I moved too soon.

Well I didn't and they did anyway. Obviously a more aggressive approach is called for.

A Gar

Next time, allow the Gar to move into its second run and while its powering forward like a torpedo, lift the rod hard, driving the sharp hook into the Gar's teeth. Then you'll have a fish on and no mistake. It's doable, I know this from experience.

Saying that, why not rig up a tiny fly hook and tempt topwater? Therein, perhaps, lies madness.

I tell you, Gar, this isn't over. Not by a long shot.

Fish on or off,



BillB said...

What scary and primitive looking fish! But they do fight great from what I have heard (including you).

Investigate how they make streamer flies for catching gar. They take some cord or rope and tie it to the hook then completely fray it. It gets caught up in their teeth and one essentially does not have to set a hook in that hard beak of a mouth to land the fish. Some of the websites I reviewed also showed how to remove the "fly" form the gars mouth without injuring the fish nor the fisherman. You could probably do this with a baited hook also.

LSP said...

They are primitive, Bill, and they're fierce in the fight. Wary on the uptake though.

I've made a few rope flies and plan to test them out. So far, I've caught the beasts with a hook in the teeth. The right lure seems like the right way to go...

Let's see!

Jules said...

It's a very beautiful looking fish. I can see why it wants to fight with that remarkable nose! Keep on trying, fisherman!

LL said...

The gar is an ambush predator. And they have that dinosaur like common sense for spitting out things that don't feel quite right. Jigging the gar with bait in its mouth might work ok. They're less likely to take a fly and far more likely to take live bait. In many places, you're not allowed live bait.

Good luck. Cast your net on the OTHER side of the boat and all that good advice.

LSP said...

Juliette, I will do my best!

They're big fun to catch, no mistake.

LSP said...

LL, rope lures have a good rep -- the gar hit them, their teeth tangle in the frayed nylon and off you go.

Saying that, I haven't cracked the rope lure code!

But I'll persevere until we're there... it's not over yet, not by a long chalk.