Try a rope lure , we use 3/8 rope about 4 inches long with a knot on the end , then fray it a little , use the knot to put it on a hook , a little super glue stops the knot from coming loose . the hook also holds the bait , the gar's teeth get tangled in the rope and you just pull them in . Be sure to have leather gloves , between the teeth and the scales it can be rough on the hands . I have not caught any over maybe 2 lbs, they fight for a moment then give up and come in like they are dead , then when they see you the fight comes back . I have had consistent luck with lures with big spinners getting their attention in muddy water .