I took the Kraken out to one of the bigger lakes in the area on Sunday. My target was gar and catfish. I caught my bait and set up on a drop-off into a deep hole looking for a catfish. I caught one 22in fish, but the action wasn’t what I was looking for. I was moving to another drop-off when I found a large school of gar working a bait ball. I could see them on my fish finder and I watched them roll on the surface. Set out baits and the bite was on. In a few minutes I had a 37in gar in the kayak, and shortly after releasing it I had another 34” on the line. I fished 3 rods at a time and I had several double and even triple headers. I caught a total of 23 gar and 7 of them were over 40” and large enough for Virginia Trophy Citations.
I went to another lake a few days later trying to repeat my success. I caught several gar, with a few double headers thrown in. I was retying one of my rigs when my live-bait rod was nearly ripped out of my rod holder. I set the hook and could tell that this was a bigger fish. After a good fight I landed my biggest gar to date. The fish measured out to 47” and after some pictures, was released unharmed. After that fish I switched to catfish and landed one decent one.
|Landing a 47" Gar|