Georgia

The dots link to Bing maps that get you in the neighborhood, if not to the exact spot. Submissions include a link to the location the gar were caught (if known). State records are shown with a star.
Yellow Star/Dot = Alligator Gar
Pink Star/Dot = Florida Gar
Red Star/Dot = Longnose Gar
Green Star/Dot = Spotted Gar
Blue Star/Dot = Shortnose Gar

State Records (Rod and Reel):


October 2011, Hardin Canal, Pooler

BAGman,
Drew R and I took a trip to Southbridge on the Hardin Canal. I got the first bite, from a 5-6 lb bowfin, but the line broke due to a bad splice knot. I got another bite soon afterward, and after an impressive battle, landed my first 30-inch bowfin. It weighed in at a staggering 9 lbs, a personal record for me. Drew landed a 6-pounder, destroying the weight of his only other bowfin, which was 1 lb. Later, I caught a small spotted gar, which demonstrated its tenacity by stabbing my arm with its scales. It wasn't until that day that I became aware that the scales running up the backs of the anal and dorsal fins stick out and are very sharp. I later landed another 30-inch bowfin, which weighed 8 lbs. Drew caught a gar as well, his first... I was his "guide" on this trip, so I baited the hooks, unhooked the fish... and took all the pain. His gar also stuck me with its fin scales, effectively leaving a few puncture wounds in one arm to match the ones on my other arm.

Tight lines.
Tyler G, 10/10/11



August 2011, Hardin Canal, Pooler

BAGman,
Finally, the much anticipated trip to Southbridge on the Hardin Canal in Pooler. It didn't take long to catch the bait, but after I did, the action was nonstop. On a live bluegill, I landed a nice four pound bowfin. My grandpa commenced to land his first on a crankbait, and the crankbait also commenced to have the back hook broken off. I landed two more bowfin on cut bait as well as a turtle that weighed around 15 lbs. After landing a 28 inch spotted gar, I got a strike I was convinced was from at least a 4 foot longnose. I set the hook after a few minutes and received more resistance than I could have possibly been prepared for. After a minute or two, A massive bowfin surfaced. I took pictures and measured it. At 27.5 inches and 7 lbs, it literally tied with my largest bowfin on camera from earlier in the year.
Tight lines.
Tyler G, 08/29/11



June 2011, Hardin Canal, Pooler

GASSman,
At Southbridge (golf community in GA), I went to a pond that was connected to the Hardin Canal, which gar frequently travel. They travel into the pond through the pipe, stay and fatten up. I got there about 10:00 and caught my bait. Soon after casting out, I got a bite. After almost 2 minutes, I set the hook. The small gar fought surprisingly hard. Just as I was about to lift it onto the bank, it spit the hook. Later, I got another bite, set the hook and got a bowfin. Unfortunately, it was gut hooked, and I had to break the line. Even later, I got a bone-jarring strike that nearly ripped the rod out of my hand. After 3 minutes, I set the hook to have my bait taken and everything else handed back to me. I went through another bowfin before getting the big hit. The take started easy, but as I feathered the line with my fingers, I realized that this one would be big. After a minute or so, I set the hook.

The creature responded with a line-stripping run that left me almost speechless. The fish went back and forth across the small pond, and it was all I could do to work it in slowly. I finally got it to the bank and took my grandpa's hand towel to grab the large longnose. Lifting it with one hand was difficult when the monster flailed like crazy, not to mention its weight. I measured it and found it to be 41" and 11 1/2 lbs. It may not have been very long but it had a girth bigger than my thigh. My grandpa had to take his knife and cut the line due to gut-hooking, but the gar didn't take long to recover and swim off. This year's goal of a four-footer may not have been reached as of yet, but I wasn't far off.
Tight lines.
Tyler G, 06/24/11



June 2011, Somewhere on the Chattahoochee

GASSman,
I caught this three foot six inch 32lbs long nose gar on the Chattahoochee river from my kayak. I was referred to your web site from a fellow gar angler. I would be pleased if you posted my picture.
Thank you,
SSG Seth H, 06/03/11






May 2011, Loc'n Unknown

GASSman,
We got to go out gar fishing again here in south Georgia. I caught this one with a circle hook and live shiner. He was 46"+ put up a good fight .
Thank you,
James H, 05/17/11






May 2011, Loc'n Unknown

GASSman,
My son and I caught these Gar on our latest fishing trip. Mine is 42" and my son's is 40 inches. It was his first gar.
Thank you,
Steve C, 05/10/11






May 2011, Loc'n Unknown

GASSman,
Caught this 42" Longnose fishing a small creek in South Georgia fishing a medium shiner with circle hook and treble stinger also caught several more in the 40" range
Thank you,
JamesH, 05/08/11



May 2011, Loc'n Unknown

GASSman,
I caught this 39 1/2 inch longnose gar in south Georgia. I caught another 44 inches long right after on next cast. First pic is 39 1/2, second is 44.
Thank you,
Steve C, 05/06/11



April 2011, Hardin Canal, Pooler

GASSman,
Luke and Marcus H and I took a trip to the Hardin Canal, and Marcus started us off with a good-sized bowfin. Before any of us caught anything else, Marcus was into a fight with a 30 inch longnose gar. We had to cut the line because it swallowed the bait too deeply.
Tight lines.
Tyler G, 04/30/11



April 2011, Hardin Canal, Pooler

GASSman,
After Luke caught his bowfin at the Hardin Canal, Pooler GA, I saw my cut bait line move (after Marcus, Luke's younger brother, had tried for several seconds to tell me he had noticed it). Assuming it was a bowfin, I jumped the gun a bit and set the hook. After a short but exciting fight, I reeled in a spotted gar, my first out of the canal. I had snagged it unintentionally in the eye (bad place, I went home with dirt and blood all over me), but it took the bait, so I call it legit. It measured 25" and 3 lbs. Tight lines.
Tight lines.
Tyler G, 04/16/11



January 2011, West Point Lake

BAGman,
How are you? I haven't submitted a photo in a while and this is one my favorite catches of all-time. Gar season is coming up fast. Have a great week!

DonnieH, 01/24/11



September 2010, Lake Lanier

BAGman,
Here's a pic of my son, Eli 10, holding a Longnose Gar he caught yesterday September 5, on Lake Lanier in Georgia with Jack Barnett, Garman Jack.

Paul C, 09/07/10



May 2010, Chattahoochie River,Eagle Phenix Dam

GASSman,
Two nice ones caught today in the Bibb pond on the Hooch. Rope lures are the way to go.
Tommy E, 05/10/10





May 2010, Chattahoochie River,Eagle Phenix Dam

GASSman,
This is the only one I've ever kept. 55" longnose caught from the Chattahoochie River just below the Eagle Phenix dam. Check out the girth on this fish! I caught it on 12# test mono. I've only caught two others larger than this, but released them back. It would cost another fortune to have them mounted.
Tommy E, 05/06/10



May 2010, Loc'n Unknown

GASSman,
Starting the year off with a bang boys. This is the second gar I caught this year. Personal best. 24 lbs 14 oz 55 in Looks like it's gonna be a heck of a year.
Team Rough Neck, Captain,
Matt T, 05/06/10
http://www.myspace.com/teamroughneck




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