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GAR

Fishing for Gar

Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Ice fishing, Spearfishing


Long like a fishing rod, the teethy, sharp nosed gar are another prehistoric species similar to the sturgeon.

Alligator, spotted, longnose and Florida don't have normal scales, they have bone-like ganoid scales, particularly set eyes and a big, heavy, torpedo-like body to go with them.

Gar are like a big scissors fish, snapping their sharp teeth on small baitfish. If you are lucky, witnessing a gar smash at bait is a great moment in fishing history.

They hit the bait like an alligator would, hitting with a punch and twist at the same time. No wonder they get named 'Alligator or rumored to be the notorious ''freshwater marlin', so to say. No worry for attack however, they are a fair fight and tire quickly when caught and are great to catch on a baitcaster, spinning or fly rod.

They make a great game fish because they are not so high on the consumers list. People rarely eat gar because they are difficult to fillet and because their eggs are highly toxic- gar caviar is a no-go.

Basic Info


varieties: Alligator, Spotted, Longnose, Florida

Scientific name: Lepisosteus

Size: 1 - 2 m

Weight: about 4 kg

Lifespan: 4 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Ice fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): North and Central America