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    Well, it's warming up nicely here in Louisiana, which has me thinking about have a go after Alligator Gar.
    Plenty of them in numerous local waterways and they get pretty huge, as well as being challenging.
    They are finicky feeders and it can be really tricky getting hookups without them spitting the bait, which they will do at the slightest resistance.
    That said, while in a camping trip last year, the Wife and I did have a dabble and managed to land half a dozen or so small ones.
    She had the best one on the night, but it was still ajuvenile, as I know they run to well over 100lbs in that particular body of water !
    So, hoping to tangle with some real beasts this year, all of which will, of course be returned.
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    Awesome fish!

    Very much like a pike so I assume you use similar tactics for them?
    Not something I have tried myself, but I have been told by quite a few people now that circle hooks and "Hair" rigs can be a good alternative for predators, that often hook fish in the scissors?

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    Awesome. Can I come and stay with you for my holidays?
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    room for a visitor or two next summer, ie john gard and me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Saint View Post
    room for a visitor or two next summer, ie john gard and me?
    Pm sent.
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    One of my "dinks " from last year. It will be that time again soon, hoping for some much bigger Gar !
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    Lovely small croc mate, hopefully out there next spring to sample the crocs!
    Interesting vegetation behind you?
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    Ha ha, it does look rather interesting, but it's not what you are thinking.
    I run from the first whiff of it these days, as I am licensed by the U.S. Coastguard and subject to random testing.
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    Have you read "Season of the Gar" by Mark Spitzer? He gives a bit of insight. I've not fished for them but I'd be trying a large barbless circle hook for sure. None of this gut hooking treble nonsense some folks use.
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    I use a sizeable single hook , although I might switch to circles next time I go for Gar.
    Meanwhile, I had a quick dabble with a light spinning rod on Monday, while waiting for passengers to fly out to a rig off the Texas coast.
    Hooked up on a beast of a fish, which I was convinced was a Cobia, until this chunky Redfish popped up !
    Gave me a right work out !
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    Another quality fish!
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    Stellar fishing here all around, but I still can't kick my Carping habit ! Had this nice one a couple of months ago from a 22,000 acre lake !OI000032.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by exiledbarbelman View Post
    I use a sizeable single hook , although I might switch to circles next time I go for Gar.
    Meanwhile, I had a quick dabble with a light spinning rod on Monday, while waiting for passengers to fly out to a rig off the Texas coast.
    Hooked up on a beast of a fish, which I was convinced was a Cobia, until this chunky Redfish popped up !
    Gave me a right work out !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyprinius View Post
    Texas my arse - That's Australia!
    Ha ha, good one ! I couldn't get that pic to flip around, for some reason.
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