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):
- Gar, Longnose, 38lb 3oz, Barkley Reservoir, 04/19/2002, Mathew A. Norton
- Gar, Shortnose, 6lb 6oz, Kentucky Reservoir, 06/15/2001, Kay Lynn Butterfield
- Gar, Spotted, 9lb 5oz, Cross Creeks, 06/27/1999, Victor Robinson
June 2011, Port Royal (Red River)
A big longnose gar from Port Royal at the Red River on a fly rod. The pictures were taken by Elizabeth Skinner.
SFC John F, 06/06/11
September 2010, Port Royal (Red River)
A few more from Port Royal on the Red River.
SFC John F, 09/25/10
July 2010, Port Royal (Red River)
My sons, brother and I recently started gar-fishing after discovering so many gar close to our home in Clarksville, TN. We use short, seven/eight weight fly rods that our eight to eight and a half feet long with a bass style weight forward, floating fly line. To this, we tie a leader of eight feet, made from thirty pound trilene big game mono and tapered directly into a section of fifteen pound trilene big game mono. We like the versatility and quick handling characteristics of the shorter style fly rods for firing off fast casts to porpoising gar as well as the restricted overhead clearance.
We’ve found that the retrieve of the fly must stay mostly constant or the gar will turn away from the fly, losing interest. If a gar follows a fly on a steady retrieve and does not hit it, he will normally follow and attack the very same fly in one or two consecutive casts retrieved in the same manner. We have also found that if the gar are not in plain sight, they have normally dropped down just out of sight and are still actively feeding on small minnows and such travelling downstream. When this occurs, we simply allow our flies to drop down, out of sight, where the gar should be and work it at the same medium speed as when we can see them.
After fishing most or our flies without hooks in the beginning, we would receive several strikes from other species of fish, such as bass, crappie, pickerel and white bass, so we have started using hooks with an eyelet large enough to facilitate the nylon cord. The advent of this fly allows for collateral catches of several types of fish. After some trial and error, we discovered the tricks of the gar fly and started tying our own out of nylon cord and a little bit of flash on a 1/0 hook with an oversized eyelet (running the cord through the eyelet to strengthen the tie). Thus far, our favorite style fly is about five inches long, tied with green flash and red thread. Whether cast to a sighted gar or fished in a serious of blind casts, the gar attack these flies very aggressively when stripped back at a medium speed, about a foot deep. While we do see fish in the middle of the day and can catch a few of them here and there, our best luck is in the evening when the surface is literally littered with surfacing feeding gar.
SFC John F, 07/07/10
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