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My friends and I were fishing off of a dock for largemouth and crappie today, and we saw a huge spotted gar. We tossed all that

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  • My friends and I were fishing off of a dock for largemouth and crappie today, and we saw a huge spotted gar. We tossed all that

    My friends and I were fishing off of a dock for largemouth and crappie today, and we saw a huge spotted gar. We tossed all that we had at it (which included spinners, crainkbaits, and plastic worms) but it wasn't interested. Any suggestions on how to catch it if it shows up again?

  • #2
    If you saw the gar, the gar saw you. Next time, try to maintain complete silence when approaching the area.

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    • #3
      I've found one thing that a big gar just can't resist: a small sand toad. If you can find one, toss it out with a sharp hook in the lip. I've done that and shot gar with a .22 as they came after the toad to thin them out and keep them away from my northern baits. I've shot several around one toad and they just keep coming even though the bullets are flying. It helps to stay still with giant gar though because as 99 said, you may spook them. A single one might not be as careless as a bunch of them in a feeding frenzy.

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      • #4
        Get a 10" long piece of 3/8 nylon rope and untwist and fray it real good, then tie it to your line and drag it across the top of the water right in front of his snout. I will likely draw an aggression strike and his teeth will tangle in the frayed nylon---You're on!

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        • #5
          The only lure that I have had a gar bite was a rooster tail. Other than that, I have only foul hooked them.

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          • #6
            I've caught several gar on different types of cut bait, but as far as artificial baits go, it's pretty tough. The only thing I've been able to get them to strike on has always been topwater. If you drag it right across their nose you'll get a strike about half the time, but you'll get an actual hookup much less than that because their mouths are very hard.

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            • #7
              Thanks guys! Going fishing again this weekend, hope he shows up, cause I'll be ready!

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              • #8
                Wait till night shine a light on the water, and shoot it with just about anything, slingshot whatever...

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