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#12280419 - 06/05/17 11:01 PM Y'all, I need some help...
DancesWithSquirrels Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 138
Loc: Carrollton, Texas
So I'm trying to fish for gar in this creek next to me. I'm using a float setup. I have a #6 or so plain shank hook, on 20 lb mono. I would cast, get a bite, and let the what I thought was a gar take the bait and run with it. As it comes to a stop, I set the hook. Fish on! Or so I thought... This happened multiple times. As I pulled this whatever it was into the shore, right as I would get it close enough to almost identify what it was, it would somehow literally cut my line right off and run for it. I'm pretty sure it's a turtle, but I've only caught one gar before and that was on a rope lure, so my experience with how gar fight (long nose gar) is the bare minimum. Any ideas of what this could be? This is a creek that meets up with the Trinity River by the way.

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#12280824 - 06/06/17 09:19 AM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
C.M. Offline
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Registered: 09/09/16
Posts: 208
switch to braid

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#12281144 - 06/06/17 12:04 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
DancesWithSquirrels Offline
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Registered: 09/27/15
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Loc: Carrollton, Texas
What pound braid do you recommend I use?

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#12281213 - 06/06/17 12:32 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
SoonerDG Online   content
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Registered: 02/15/02
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Loc: Joshua, TX
Longnose Gar have razor sharp teeth. They will bite through mono. You might try a wire leader.
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#12281978 - 06/06/17 07:40 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
C.M. Offline
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Registered: 09/09/16
Posts: 208
Originally Posted By: DancesWithSquirrels
What pound braid do you recommend I use?

20/30lb should be enough

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#12283887 - 06/07/17 10:21 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
shutupandfish Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
Posts: 59
try using wire or cable as they will cut right through mono. a treble hook or two would also help as their mouths are very bony and almost need them to swallow hook

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#12290203 - 06/12/17 01:16 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
Tjbev13 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/15
Posts: 223
definitely braid!

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#12290428 - 06/12/17 03:27 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
JamesRoberts Offline
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Registered: 05/14/03
Posts: 1006
Loc: Austin, TX , USA
Get you some cheese cloth and fray it up, wrap you bait in it and the gar's teeth will tangle in it and in it will come.
Good Luck!
JR
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#12306911 - 06/22/17 03:58 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: JamesRoberts]
PredApex Offline
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Registered: 01/12/11
Posts: 26
Originally Posted By: JamesRoberts
Get you some cheese cloth and fray it up, wrap you bait in it and the gar's teeth will tangle in it and in it will come.
Good Luck!
JR


Yup!

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#12312022 - 06/26/17 12:57 PM Re: Y'all, I need some help... [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
Farrside Offline
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Registered: 08/27/15
Posts: 26
50lb braid and tie a good knot you'll never break off.

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