GAR CAN BE HARD TO CATCH
I was out Gar fishing the other night and the bite was good, but the hook ups were terrible. It was one of those nights. I tried several lures and there was only a couple baits they would hit. If Musky are a fish of a thousand casts, then Gar are a fish of two thousand casts.
The conditions were perfect for Gar. When it's warm and calm out the Gar will coast the bays often breaking the surface.
I had one on but it shook the lure out. A good hook set is hard to do with Gar. I have read that some people actually tie some fishing line around the treble hooks to help keep the lure in the mouth. I like to just stick with conventional ways of fishing with a bait, no strings attached.
I thought I was going to land that Gar but it did a head shake and spit the lure out. These fish bend and then launch themselves forward with a powerful thrust.
In the video above you can see the Gar following my lure. It's just a matter of timing for the hook set. I had that fish half in the net and it took off. I almost landed it.
The Zara Spook was working good, I had several hits and about seven Gar on. I was trying different lures but the Gar wouldn't even touch them. Then I had an idea, a Scum Frog. Being the Scum Frog is soft I thought that could work. I tossed one out and I watched a Gar follow it back, a couple feet from shore the Gar had the frog in it's mouth. When I set the hook it popped out. The hooks are a little to big on the Frog.
Another option is fly fishing. Unless I can get Fishin Dan or Cookster to come down and give me some lessons, I am out of luck. To be honest I don't know much about fly fishing. I tried it years ago on a fishing trip in Lake Placid New York, ya I suck at it, and that's putting it lightly.
I did get a couple small Bass as well.
I wasn't ready for that one. I was just letting my lure float a little bit while reeling slowly.
A small Bass. Caught a couple that night. The Gar bite was really good I just couldn't land one. It was a really nice way to start the weekend.