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#12904607 - 09/19/18 02:11 PM How to weed out small gar
Perdiz Offline
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I am trying to take advantage of the over abundance of gar that seem to be in the system now days and catch a big gar. I am having a problem weeding out the medium (50-90 lbs) fish to get to the big ones. I´m looking for advice on either bait size, time of day, etc. to get a big girl.

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#12910090 - 09/24/18 06:53 AM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
Pot licker Online   content
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Registered: 01/22/17
Posts: 1179
Loc: SW Texas
welcome to the TFF. try using bigger bait.

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#12910637 - 09/24/18 02:00 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 1359
Loc: Celina/Prosper, TX
Originally Posted By: Alberta1
I am trying to take advantage of the over abundance of gar that seem to be in the system now days and catch a big gar. I am having a problem weeding out the medium (50-90 lbs) fish to get to the big ones. I´m looking for advice on either bait size, time of day, etc. to get a big girl.


Yeah, you lost me at medium (50-90 lbs) fish.

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#12910654 - 09/24/18 02:15 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: JJ4MEL]
TXMulti-Species Offline
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Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 412
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: JJ4MEL
Yeah, you lost me at medium (50-90 lbs) fish.


+1, that and "over-abundance of gar"


Edited by TXMulti-Species (09/24/18 02:21 PM)
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#12910670 - 09/24/18 02:29 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
TXMulti-Species Offline
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On a more serious note though, just like for any fish it's all about location. You'll be able to luck into a giant in a lot of places here in Texas but the most famous place for big gar is below the Lake Livingston dam. That's where Jeremy Wade went for River Monsters, and where a lot of guides operate. What with all the damming in the past and lack of regulation for the longest the gar population isn't nearly as strong as most think, one only has to look at the historical range as proof. My biggest gar is only 35in, so that's all I can really tell you. Good luck!
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#12911036 - 09/24/18 07:27 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Pot licker]
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Originally Posted By: Pot licker
welcome to the TFF. try using bigger bait.



+1
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#12921745 - 10/03/18 04:08 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
Perdiz Offline
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Thanks guys for the response. I agree - hard to think about complaining about 50-90 lbs fish!!! Only in Texas! I will try bigger baits and see if that helps. I am definitely in an area with some big girls, they just aren´t the first to get to the bait. Sometimes it is like bream fishing - as soon as bait hits the water - BAM.

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#12921800 - 10/03/18 05:08 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
Dawson Hefner Offline
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Loc: Brownsboro, Tx
You cant put a big enough bait out to keep the 70 to 90's off of it. They can eat a 3# bait. May need to move spots.
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#12924224 - 10/06/18 12:39 AM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
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Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 2071
Originally Posted By: Perdiz
Thanks guys for the response. I agree - hard to think about complaining about 50-90 lbs fish!!! Only in Texas! I will try bigger baits and see if that helps. I am definitely in an area with some big girls, they just aren´t the first to get to the bait. Sometimes it is like bream fishing - as soon as bait hits the water - BAM.


I would love a chance to CPR some of those "smaller" Agar. Care to share your spot? Feel free to pm if you prefer. Thanks!

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#12927203 - 10/08/18 02:28 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
Perdiz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 5
They are getting bigger. Bigger baits didn´t get me bigger fish, but location did.




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#12927252 - 10/08/18 03:29 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
TXMulti-Species Offline
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Registered: 11/01/17
Posts: 412
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Perdiz
They are getting bigger. Bigger baits didn´t get me bigger fish, but location did.


Congrats! Finding the bigguns is well over half the battle. After that you just gotta fool 'em.
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#12930184 - 10/10/18 11:23 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
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Originally Posted By: Perdiz
They are getting bigger. Bigger baits didn´t get me bigger fish, but location did.






Nice, congrats! cheers
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#12930198 - 10/11/18 12:03 AM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
gar1970 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/11
Posts: 1875
Loc: southwest more west than south...
Congrats! still looks like a medium 50 to 90 pound gar to me
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#12930549 - 10/11/18 01:52 PM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 1359
Loc: Celina/Prosper, TX
So, Alligator Gar that big are mostly found in Lake Texoma, Choke, Amistad and Falcon. So when you say changed location, are you referring to a different state?


Edited by JJ4MEL (10/11/18 03:54 PM)

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#12933971 - Yesterday at 10:59 AM Re: How to weed out small gar [Re: Perdiz]
Perdiz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 5
I moved near a drop off when I had been fishing about 100 yds away on a flat. I found that I am getting bigger fish near deeper water than fishing up higher on the sand flat. I´ll continue to test the pattern. I lost 2 others that were bigger than this one. One was due to a troller that was determined to pass right over my line w jet divers even though I asked him not to - sure enough he caught my line and had a mess on his hands. Next one was due to broken line on 120 lbs braid. Likely a weak spot in the line.

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