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Old 10-15-2021, 10:26 AM   #1
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Well, according to the email I got from TPWD yesterday, looks like I won the drawing for the Upper Trinity river alligator gar harvest tag!
Iíve rod and reel fished for gar for a couple years so I have the just of it. Iíve also bow fished for a long time with friends but never in the Trinity.
So, I need some advice on how may be able to help me catch a monster gar in the Trinity River!
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Old 10-15-2021, 10:47 AM   #2
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Old 10-15-2021, 01:14 PM   #3
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tags for gar?? those things are all over where i am in south louisiana. nuisances. strange law.
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Old 10-15-2021, 01:18 PM   #4
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use one of the dead bodies floating in the river as bait.
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Old 10-15-2021, 01:47 PM   #5
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tags for gar?? those things are all over where i am in south louisiana. nuisances. strange law.
The big ones are dwindling would be my guess. Not gar in general.
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:42 PM   #6
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GarGuy is king of the upper Trinity if you're looking for a genuine trophy. There's none better!
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:45 PM   #7
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tags for gar?? those things are all over where i am in south louisiana. nuisances. strange law.
Lobbied for by gar guides
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:47 PM   #8
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Lobbied for by gar guides
Specifically one guide in particular who doesnít do Bowfishing. He greased some palms to eliminate the competition. 🙄
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Old 10-15-2021, 04:03 PM   #9
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I just want to catch a monster. Either rod and reel or bowfishing. Doesn’t matter to me how.
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Old 10-15-2021, 04:05 PM   #10
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Specifically one guide in particular who doesnít do Bowfishing. He greased some palms to eliminate the competition. 🙄
Also a way for the state to make money off a non game species.
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Old 10-15-2021, 05:19 PM   #11
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:13 PM   #12
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tags for gar?? those things are all over where i am in south louisiana. nuisances. strange law.
There are plenty here in Texas as well.
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Old 10-16-2021, 12:07 AM   #13
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tags for gar?? those things are all over where i am in south louisiana. nuisances. strange law.
They had to do something here in Texas to slow down the senseless slaughter of a very cool and ancient species.. Great eating too.
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Old 10-16-2021, 08:25 AM   #14
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Specifically one guide in particular who doesnít do Bowfishing. He greased some palms to eliminate the competition. 🙄
Am I wrong in assuming that targeting and killing one with a bow is better than letting a few swallow the hook on a rod and reel to find a trophy? That's why I haven't went to Target a big one. I'm worried about releasing smaller ones to swim off and die. I might be putting too much thought into it though.
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Old 10-16-2021, 05:21 PM   #15
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Elfeyes, last year me and a buddy got a guided trip for gar with rod and reel. The guide specialized in catch and release. He uses small 1/0-4/0 hooks. Hooks the gar in the mouth so the hooks can be removed. We fought probably 15 fish that day and landed 8. All being between 4-6 footers. Had a maybe 7 footer that got off at the boat. You’d be surprised at how small a hook can be used. Sadly the guy isn’t taking guided trips anymore though or else I’d be going back with him.
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