Some anglers hate these prehistoric fish believing they eat, scare off or negatively Impact the game fish, I find them totally helpful in the winter months. It’s true if you fish where the Gar are stacked up on each other you’re going to catch a Gar but if you look to their edges you may just find what you’re looking for.
The rivers are up the temp is down, water temp was 40 with the high Ohio river and fish are getting pushed in to the tributaries. All types of them Gar, Cats, Drum, and so on. It can be frustrating dealing with Gar they can easily make you bleed but white bass and Hybrids will relate to them.
Fishing the leading edge or the tailing edge of the Gar schools I found some white bass and drum which got me thinking with the Gar stacked from the bottom to 8ft why not run small bait just over them, on their backs. I get that familiar tap that white bass give you in the winter, you have to be quick with setting the hook, they like to spit the lures out just as quick. After just a few casts, I start pulling in some nice healthy hybrids. The funny thing is the bite feels the same as a white bass but they start tearing drag off.
The Hybrids were mix in with the top layer of Gar. Sometimes I was getting a nice 22 inch hybrid, and sometimes a monster Gar. Funny how they look so mean but can be so helpful. Next time you find a bunch of Gar, fish the edges of them and see if you find some game fish.
Nuts and Bolts: Water temp 40, Air Temp 47, Cloudy, wind from the south 10 mph