It's my understanding that gar tend to swim away with their prey before they eat so I've heard that gar fisherman usually wait a few minutes trying for a hook set. I've seen videos where people on kayaks followed their float for a few minutes to not disturb the fish before setting the hook. Do I have that right?
Now on to my question. What do yall do when bank fishing for gar? Do you leave the spool open to let the gar take out line freely? If you do and use bait casters, does that ever cause a bird nest if they pull too quickly?
I don't target gar, but I come across them a lot when catfishing. Would love to catch a big one so if I can increase my hook set percentage, I want to do that. But only if it doesn't interfere with my catfishing hooks sets.