I finally broke my PB Longnose!

Monday, October 10, 2016
43 Inches

As soon as the sun set this evening the bite slowed down, but I'm stubborn and I wanted to catch one more fish before calling it quits. I moved from the shallow spot I had been set up on and cast my baits into a deep eddy. I kept a close eye on my rods but nothing seemed to be interested in my shiners. My gear kept getting snagged and I was getting close to calling it. Right as I was getting ready to pack up I saw one of my rod tips bounce. I set the hook immediately and was stunned when whatever was on the other end of the line started peeling drag and made a run down river. After it had taken half the line off my spool I gained some ground and got it back near me, then just to spite me it made a run up river and spooled that half of the line again. After a couple minutes of fighting I caught my first glimpse of the fish just in time for it to make another dash for deeper water. At this point I knew the hook wasn’t going to pull so I put a little more pressure on the fish and managed to get him on the bank. I knew this was easily my biggest Longnose Gar, but I wanted to be able to put a number on it. I searched through my bag frantically and after what felt like an eternity I found my tape measure. He measured in at 43 inches long and was surprisingly well behaved for me. After a quick photo session, I released him back to the Ohio River hoping that I will get another chance to catch him.


andy's picture

It's easy to tell how happy you were with that catch.  Nicely done man, that's front page material!

IsaacsFishingCorner's picture

Thanks Andy! I really appreciate it, I don't know if I've been this excited to catch a fish in a long time

Goldenfishberg's picture

Killer stuff man! I always look forward to your reports! You're always getting into something really neat and this Gar is exceptionally NEAT! Well done man, I am looking forward to reading about your next adventure!

Ya just Can't catch um from the couch.

IsaacsFishingCorner's picture

Thanks man! I've seen some people catch some big gar out of the Ohio River before, but this is my first really nice gar from it. As you can tell, I was really excited!

Hengelaar's picture

That's great stuff, man!

Gar are rad, and that is a sweet photo, too.

Man, the notable catches that have been rolling in these last few weeks have been awesome to see. Surreal Brook Trout, beautiful Redhorse, Gar, Musky. Love it.

Fishn sure is neat

IsaacsFishingCorner's picture

Thanks man! I think we have all really caught the fishing fever, trying to get one or two nice ones before it gets really cold

FishingPals4Life's picture

Congrats, I love catching gar, dino fish!!