A Gar Catches Me
November 08, 2012 at 5:29pm
The have to agree with Brian Cope. The only gar Ive caught recently was a few months ago in Clouds Creek, off Lake Murray.
I was hoping for some large brim that day and was tossing the following lure:
#0 Beetle Spin w/ chartreuse jig head and white twist tail combination.
I was fishing into fallen timber at the edge of a small cove. This approach has gotten me a number of good brim this season. After a few casts into the area I hung the lure on something. You don't hang up Beetle Spins very much and I blurted out 'Well, that sucks!'
I was in my kayak and was pondering how best to approach the lure, when my line started to move off. This was no submerged log that had my lure - I had a fish on! I raised my rod tip and that was it; we're talking dead weight. The pull was strong and steady.
A few seconds passed and the fish turned back across my bow. Another 20 yards on and it took the notion to yet again reverse. Through all this see-sawing, I had gotten in a good bit of line and the fish was fairly close. That's when I saw it: A large gar was turned broadside to me, with my Beetle Spin clamped tight in its teeth.
Again I said, 'Well, that sucks!' - or something to that effect. Actually, it was probably worse, and MOST likely unsuitable for a family
Now I was faced with a real situation: I had an irritable, toothy, armor plated fish on 4 lb test ultralight gear - and I was in a kayak. All I could think of was if my insurance was paid up. Weird things go through your mind at a time like that.
But the fish decided things for me. It concluded, after much fishy thought I'm sure, that this puny human would no longer be needed. It gave a little quiver, a twist of the head and the Beetle Spin was released to a slack line. I reeled in the tattered lure while the beast turned its tail to me. I never saw it again and nary a a ripple marked the moment.
'Well, that sucks!' was all I could think of to say. Like I said... weird.
Try a chartreuse and white Beetle Spin.