Rope lures for Shortnose and spotted gar?

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Jknuth
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Rope lures for Shortnose and spotted gar?
<p>Has anyone had any sucess with rope lures for spotted or shortnose gar?</p>
MNbowfinangler
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I tried rope lures on Florida

I tried rope lures on Florida gar on the 9-mile pond canoe trail in the Everglades. They didn't seem too interested, but it was December. I would guess it would not be too difficult to get a shortnose, spotted, or Florida gar to hit a rope lure with the right time and technique. I bet it would entangle in the teeth, but probably these fish would get off more frequently than longnose gar.

Hengelaar
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Down thur in TX...

I had/saw them take it, but they'd never stay on long enough to land them.

Fishn sure is neat

the pyromaniac
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It's popular in Tennessee for
It's popular in Tennessee for longnose and spotted gar. I haven't tried it, though I plan to remedy that soon enough.

 

 

 

Let there be fire!

Cast_and_Blast
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I caught one of my Shortnose

I caught one of my Shortnose on a rope lure once.  Their little teeth get tangled up the same as a Longnose but there is just less teeth to get tangled.

garman
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ropes

Shorts and spots will certainly hit ropes.  But yes the problem is that their teeth aren't densely packed enough for the ropes to snare them effectively.  Catch rate is much higher using a spinner or a crankbait.

atenkley
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My boat was surrounded by

My boat was surrounded by surfacing Spotted Gar (I think!) this morning white bream fishing.  They sure were not interested in the 4" bluegill I free lined...   I don't know much about Gar behavior yet... do they not feed when they are in this mode?.....or I'm thinking my bait may have been too big for them.  These looked to be 24-30 inches or so... not huge.  Some sounded quite a bit bigger than the ones I saw...

This could be a fun fishery as no one around here fishes for them - or at least not when I'm around.  Is night bettter?  Okay....off to learn about gar!  - Arlan

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Cast_and_Blast
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That's how gar behave up here

That's how gar behave up here too.  Try a rope lure in those surfacing gar.  I use a small bullet weight just to help me cast it and then I kind of jig it just below the surface. The rope has an appearance like it's breathing and they will take it.  The hardest part is to not jerk it like you usually would with a hook set.  Feed out some line and give it about 3-4 seconds and then pull in.  At times I have fished to surfacing gar and they will be reluctant to take my bait.  My advise is to just keep doing it and eventually they can't resist.     

DavidG
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I have caught both shortnose

I have caught both shortnose and spotted gar on rope lures,  everyone else has pretty much covered the reasons why you may not have as much luck as you do with longnose gar though.   I think they work fine for LARGE specimens

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atenkley
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Guess I'll need to make up

Guess I'll need to make up some rope lures and give it a try.  LARGE specimens would be fine!   Thanks!  - Arlan

....visit  .....those other fish

Garmaster Bob in WI
I have only caught a few

I have only caught a few shortnose on rope lures. They usually fall off before I get them in the net. I lost some shortnose on crankbaits yesterday. they are not easy to hook no matter what you use.