What To Bring: Above all else, bring plenty of extra clothes. If you're playing on the Trinity—even if you never get out of the boat—you can bank on being covered in a thin layer of sandy mud by the end of the day. If you get out and fish from the bank, you'll be even more caked. The river's banks are mucky and sticky, and once the wet mud dries, it just turns into mud dust. But battling it out with a 100-plus-pound gar is worth getting down and dirty. If you want to bring your own rod and reel, a conventional outfit that can handle muskies is good, but one that can handle big grouper is better. Hefner doesn't mess around with his gear; his reels are spooled with 130-pound braid and his rods can stop a tank. Can you whip these fish on lighter gear? Sure. The trade-off, however, is losing many of them in snarls and snags because you can't put on enough heat.