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Alligator gar hookups

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:17 am
by Cal
Good Morning, Larry.

Now that I have my health back, I've started branching out in my fishing. I'm beginning to get into alligator gar. I don't know if you ever fished for them, but here is the 4-11:

Most who fish for them with hook and line use large (10/0 or so) trebles. When the gar picks up the bait, he swims off with it for quite a distance before he stops to turn it and swallow (it isn't uncommon to let the fish swim for 3 or 4 minutes before setting the hook). That usually results in the fish being throat or gut-hooked. Naturally, fish are almost never released because of the almost certain mortality.

To me, this is unacceptable. There has to be an alternative to killing almost every fish you hook. I love alligator gar. They appeal to the brute thug in me. I would appreciate any suggestions.