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#6111070 - 04/25/11 09:06 PM gar fishing in san antonio area
mynamehere Offline
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Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 166
ive recently been fishing around in the cibolo creek for some gar ive seen there. I have seen spotted ones from about 4-6inches to probably around 2 feet, and (what appears to be) an alligator gar thats 2 1/2 - 3 feet. last time i got one to take my bait i could see them swimming around near the surface... then my drag cap fell off and the spool fell in and it all went down hill from there.
so anyway i was wondering if there are any places in the san antonio area, or within an hour or two away that have a larger gar population, also some tips on how to fish for them when they are not near the surface would be nice
any help would be greatly appreciated

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#6111089 - 04/25/11 09:09 PM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: mynamehere]
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Wow, that sounds like something that would happen to Krista...Her tournament team name was Team Klutz for a reason!

Sorry about that, though hehe. Afraid I don't know any spots in that area. When I can't see gar, I've mostly just caught them fishing cut bait on the bottom. Half a shad, or half a bluegill for example. Of course you'll get lots of catfish that way, but that's rarely a bad thing, especially if you've got a cooler.
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#6112138 - 04/26/11 08:01 AM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: Starless]
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An hour and a half south of SA is Choke Canyon. Has the best population and largest gar in south TX. I think the record there is over 200#
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#6112458 - 04/26/11 09:13 AM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: Big Ted]
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Registered: 10/27/10
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dead minnow or a live 2-3inch perch on a bobber nothing more then 6-12 inches off the top that how i have caught some i also almost caught a 5ft plus but i only had 12# line and he spooled me couldnt play him
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#6112933 - 04/26/11 10:46 AM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: mynamehere]
gar1970 Online   content
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Registered: 04/23/11
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Loc: southwest more west than south...
choke has lots of gar the record bowfishing is 211pounds and i have the catch and release record 80inches. use large bait cut carp,or gaspergou large hooks with steel leaders and heavy tackle "lots of trees" fish on the bottom.when the gar takes the bait let him run till he stops then when he takes off again set the hook hard and hang on!!! good luck

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#6113879 - 04/26/11 02:22 PM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: gar1970]
Big Ted Offline
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Loc: Helotes, TX
Originally Posted By: gar1970
choke has lots of gar the record bowfishing is 211pounds and i have the catch and release record 80inches. use large bait cut carp,or gaspergou large hooks with steel leaders and heavy tackle "lots of trees" fish on the bottom.when the gar takes the bait let him run till he stops then when he takes off again set the hook hard and hang on!!! good luck


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PB Common Carp....... 38 lbs
PB Mirror Carp........12 lbs 8 oz
PB SM Buffalo........ 50 lbs 8 oz
PB Grasser........... 48 lbs 4 oz
PB Blue cat.......... 17 lbs (caught on maize)

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#6114256 - 04/26/11 03:41 PM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: Big Ted]
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Lake Placid is a super Gar lake! There is an area just at the dam that separates lake Mcqueeney from Placid. During the months between June and September the Gar are thick in there. Use cut shad. You wont go wrong. Also the dam at the other end of the lake is good also.
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#6118798 - 04/27/11 02:35 PM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: banker-always fishing]
mynamehere Offline
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Registered: 03/20/11
Posts: 166
Thanks for the tips all
for choke and placid is there places to get them from the bank, because I don't have a boat... Should have probably mentioned that beforehand

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#6119176 - 04/27/11 03:58 PM Re: gar fishing in san antonio area [Re: mynamehere]
gar1970 Online   content
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Registered: 04/23/11
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Loc: southwest more west than south...
yes at calliham state park"choke" i fish at the tent camping area the water is about 100yds from the campground i usually stay in 200 or 201 "campsite numbers". the water is shallow 0 to 10ft out to 100yds but the fish are there there lots of shad,carp,gaspergou,and cats food for gar!! from the campsite take the well kept trail to the main lake and cast out as far as you can.if you need carp as bait walk about 500yds to your left where the lake goes into a cove use canned sweet corn the water is only 3ft deep but theres alot of carp in there.fillet the carp and cut into 1 pound pieces yea 1 pound the bigger the bait the bigger the fish!! good luck and dont tell anyone my secret or ill hunt you down and use you for bait

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