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    Anybody have any tips on how to catch Gar? I have made several rope lures, tried bread, minnows and chicken livers. I have basically gone through my tackle box. They follow the lures in but never commit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Fish the Wateree River
    My best tip for catching gar is fishing the Wateree River for any species! I've only targeted them with the nylon rope lure, but I catch plenty while bream fishing with live bait or small spinners. The Wateree River is loaded with gar.
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    A Gar Catches Me
    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
    forum.

    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.
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