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  • Posted by nickbaumhardt on September 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Hi Brian, this morning I was fishing around Bryant’s Grove and came across a large school of Gar rising to the surface. The water was boiling with Gar all around me. I couldn’t resist and tried to catch a few. But unfortunately they wouldn’t touch anything i threw at them. I know this isn’t a fish most people target, but I’d like to be prepared the next time i’m surround by 3 foot long dinosaur fish rising all around me just begging to be caught. Do you or anybody on the forum have any experience catching them and what to use as well as technique?



    nickbaumhardt replied 10 years, 9 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Brian

    September 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

    In past years I have used a white grub on a 1/16oz jig head. I retrieve the grub right infront of their nose and as soon as it passes their eyes they will start following it…..eventually biting it. The trick is getting the hook in their tissue or cartilage so you can reel him in. A lot of times they jump and throw the lure because the hook is only in there nose/bone. Nevertheless, still fun! Brian

  • simplecircuit

    September 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Long Nose Gar are pretty hard to hook because their entire snout is bone.
    I’ve caught bigs ones on crankbaits on the cumberland while fishing for bass. I also had some strike soft body frogs at KY Lake a couple weeks ago. I think Brian’s advice is right. Something small that looks like a minnow. Little grubs, small flukes, small rapala floating minnows. The treble hooks can help to hook them as sometimes the will not penetrate inside the mouth, but will hang the outside of their snout. Word of warning… try to unhook the fish outside of your boat. They have a mean streak when brought out of the water. Good luck.

  • nickbaumhardt

    September 6, 2013 at 4:20 am


  • degaman

    September 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Caught a gar a few days ago on a 10″ worm while fishing for bass with my son. He doubled up with a catfish. What are the chances?

  • nickbaumhardt

    September 9, 2013 at 12:28 am


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