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Fish: Alligator Gar

Looking at some gear

Post By: Attila64      Posted: 5/13/2014 1:21:28 PM     Points: 1926    
Been looking around at different set ups for a combination rig for trophy bluecat and alligator gar. I am leaning at going with a large bait caster such as an Ambassador I like the red model and a 7 foot heavy action ugly stick with 65 lb braid. Most of my fishing will be from a boat but occasionally would try on the trinity from shore. Please offer any tips or advice for consideration. Another problem I have is I have always fished left handed and it is such a hang up finding bait casters with the handle on the left side that are affordable. Dicks sporting goods has a limited supply but if anyone comes across a good selection near Fort Worth please advise as well.
 Reply by: Lloyd Tackitt      Posted: 5/14/2014 10:50:04 AM     Points: 18748    
I had an uncle that fished for big cats below a spillway. He used a basic salt water bait casting rig. I don't know the details, but I remember it was not too fancy, just heavy duty. With the internet you can probably find a left hand rig fairly easily these days. Or at least i would think you could.
 Reply by: Attila64      Posted: 5/14/2014 11:39:40 AM     Points: 1926    
I did take a look at the different Penn bait casters and rods. Always liked Penn but I got a Penn spinning rod reel combo on the big 50th. While we were purchasing it the Store offered a warrantee for 9 dollars I could not pass up. Covered 3 months in store replacement for anything stupid I might accomplish then an additional year with a mail in type set up. As luck would have it first day out hooked into a beer truck dolly that had mysteriously made its way into the lake. Was able to get it up to the boat to identify it then rod snapped 1/3 of the way back from the end.

Good news is the store honored their word and were impressed with the speed at which I had exercised the warrantee. Not in a sheepish oh one of them style, they got it and understood my loss. Well I stayed with the Penn reel but opted for an ugly stick since I had lost faith in that specific rod. Ugly stick is not quite as sensitive but also not as easy to destroy.

This is what I was going to use for the gar as well but feel I really need to up the equipment to something like you suggested probably a ocean version set up.
 Reply by: sportfisher      Posted: 5/16/2014 9:41:29 PM     Points: 4677    
If your looking for some Lures check out They have great swimbaits, jerkbaits, and crankbaits. Use promo code "sportfisher" abd recieve 10% off your purchase. I like the Trinty river for Gar. It holds some real monsters.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 5/17/2014 10:51:35 AM     Points: 63887    
I use Daiwa 5hs reels for the big girls matched with the ugly stick and it's awesome. They are the older models from daiwa but their drag system are unmatched in my opinion. You can also cast them a mile when needed. Be sure to post some pictures of the big blues. Good luck