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what is a good bait for long nose gar.

Question by varminthunter. Uploaded on March 23, 2010

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

7 inches of 1/2 inch frayed nylon rope, get twisted in their teeth. I've caught em using live perch fish 1 foot under a float, use heay line and give me plenty of time to work the bait down or you'll never get a hook set.

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Very hard to hook, but I have had great luck getting bites with minnows.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

gold fish

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Use live baits to catch them!!!

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from grant2 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Live baits!

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from jscottevans wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

We have a lot here in East Texas and I never fished for them but the 'Ol timers always tell me that the rope trick (but I've heard cotton rope works best) like CGULL said.(not that you are necessarily an old timer CGULL) But it's hard to release them so you are probably going to have to kill them (so I've heard). I don't know if you wanted to release or not. If not, a fiberglass arrow with a 50# bow is real good bait, especially at night with powerful lights. I've caught several that way.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

.22 LR

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

WAM beat me to my answer. Growing up in Florida we considered them pests and trash fish. Why would anyone want to catch one?

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from country road wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Del, they are fun to catch. They get big and jump well. The rope trick works and most any small bait fish will draw a strike, but you usually wind up gut hooking them if you hook them at all. They have a habit of swimming around with the bait in their mouth for a while before swallowing it.

Shooting a rifle at the water can be a hazardous activity due to ricochets. You have to make sure you have a steep angle of entry.

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from bassmaster22 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Any fish thats alive/once was alive. a treble hook helps your hookup rate. make sure you wait a little while to set the hook though.

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from iamtankman wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I've caught Long nose gar on crickets and minnows. They'll eat anything from what I've seen.

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from SeanPatrickKearney wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

get a small hook with a bobbing rig and night crawlers, and catch sunfish and if possible, white perch. 3 inches is optimal, try not to go over 6. make a 3-way bottom rig with a 1-ounce sinker, and a leader of at least 30 lb-50 lb braid line at about 36 inches long with a 2/0-4/0 offset octopus circle hook. wire is just as good, but is much easier for a fish to spot. fish the bait alive preferably, hooked through the very top of the back or the lip. any fish, dead or alive can work, but in slightly brackish water (or wherever white perch are present) live perch is by far the best bait from my experience.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

7 inches of 1/2 inch frayed nylon rope, get twisted in their teeth. I've caught em using live perch fish 1 foot under a float, use heay line and give me plenty of time to work the bait down or you'll never get a hook set.

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Very hard to hook, but I have had great luck getting bites with minnows.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

gold fish

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Use live baits to catch them!!!

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from grant2 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Live baits!

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from jscottevans wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

We have a lot here in East Texas and I never fished for them but the 'Ol timers always tell me that the rope trick (but I've heard cotton rope works best) like CGULL said.(not that you are necessarily an old timer CGULL) But it's hard to release them so you are probably going to have to kill them (so I've heard). I don't know if you wanted to release or not. If not, a fiberglass arrow with a 50# bow is real good bait, especially at night with powerful lights. I've caught several that way.

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from country road wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Del, they are fun to catch. They get big and jump well. The rope trick works and most any small bait fish will draw a strike, but you usually wind up gut hooking them if you hook them at all. They have a habit of swimming around with the bait in their mouth for a while before swallowing it.

Shooting a rifle at the water can be a hazardous activity due to ricochets. You have to make sure you have a steep angle of entry.

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from bassmaster22 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Any fish thats alive/once was alive. a treble hook helps your hookup rate. make sure you wait a little while to set the hook though.

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from iamtankman wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I've caught Long nose gar on crickets and minnows. They'll eat anything from what I've seen.

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from SeanPatrickKearney wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

get a small hook with a bobbing rig and night crawlers, and catch sunfish and if possible, white perch. 3 inches is optimal, try not to go over 6. make a 3-way bottom rig with a 1-ounce sinker, and a leader of at least 30 lb-50 lb braid line at about 36 inches long with a 2/0-4/0 offset octopus circle hook. wire is just as good, but is much easier for a fish to spot. fish the bait alive preferably, hooked through the very top of the back or the lip. any fish, dead or alive can work, but in slightly brackish water (or wherever white perch are present) live perch is by far the best bait from my experience.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

.22 LR

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

WAM beat me to my answer. Growing up in Florida we considered them pests and trash fish. Why would anyone want to catch one?

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