Since GASS began in 1998, the most frequently asked question has been "How do I catch a gar anyway?" Understand, this is much like asking Bill Gates "What do computers do?" or like going to the Louvre and saying "So what's this I hear about art?" The first step to catching a gar is knowing which species of gar you're after. You can't catch a 40-lb longnose with the same techniques you would use on a 5-lb shortnose. So to help you identify the gar you may be seeing in your local waters, use the following gar key.
1. Is the snout long and very skinny; at least twice as long as the rest of the head and no more than an inch or two wide?
YES: You are seeing a LONGNOSE GAR! Click here to find out how to catch a longnose!
NO: Go to #2.
2. Is the gar in the Southern US, the snout broad, with double rows of teeth, and the gar large - even over 6 feet long?Click here to find out how to catch a 'gator gar!
NO: Go to #3.
3. Is the gar covered with distinct spots over the head, body, and fins?
NO: You are seeing a SHORTNOSE GAR! Click here to find out how to catch a shortnose gar!
4. Are you in Florida?
NO: You are seeing a SPOTTED GAR!
Click here to find out how to catch a spotted and florida gar!
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