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#5718156 - 04/27/15 10:32 AM BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend
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My dad came down Saturday and we went out to the lake. Fishing was a little slow, caught 10-12 small hybrids in about 8 total hours of fishing. About half way through the day trolling the bank I had a big strike. NOT foul hooked. Never expected this..... it was quite the fight with 14lb test!



He's still sitting on ice, will clean him this afternnon! Bought a one-handed sawzall to use like an electric filet knife last year when we caught 3 of these guys on cut bait. This one hammered my bone pattern rattle trap in the middle of the day! Gar balls anyone??
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#5718161 - 04/27/15 10:34 AM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I'm out but looks like a great fight
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#5718166 - 04/27/15 10:38 AM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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#5718174 - 04/27/15 10:42 AM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I caught one of those when I was a kid and tied it behind my mini bike. Towed it around for 20 minutes and this Black guy on the corner offered me $5 for it, I cut the rope, he gave me the $5 and I rode off laughing. Now I am wondering what I missed?
confused2 nuts
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#5718188 - 04/27/15 10:50 AM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: Mr. Clean]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. Clean
I caught one of those when I was a kid and tied it behind my mini bike. Towed it around for 20 minutes and this Black guy on the corner offered me $5 for it, I cut the rope, he gave me the $5 and I rode off laughing. Now I am wondering what I missed?
confused2 nuts


Caught 3 last year so we took em home. Tried to use my bone saw to cut into steaks... didn't work. Went to lowes and picked up a one-handed sawzall with a sheet metal blade. worked perfect. Filleted and skinned both sides, boiled up some potatoes like you would for a crawfish boil, boiled the meat the same way (tasted great, even boiled!). Flaked boiled meat in with potatoes, seasoned with tony's and mixed in a big bowl. Formed into golf ball-sized balls, breaded and fried em up. They were outstanding. I will try smoking this time, and maybe frying some too. The meat is better than most.. no joke. I think its the toughness and the smell [of the whole fish] that turns people off. The last foot or so of the meat is no good, however. It's mushy like fat or something, but the meaty part is firm, almost like gator or chicken! up

***also added chopped garlic and onion while mixing.


Edited by DuckCoach1985 (04/27/15 10:56 AM)
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#5718214 - 04/27/15 11:12 AM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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My grandpa would nail their bill to a board to hold them up right and use a sharp knife to zigzag along the scales on each side of the backbone. He'd pry them open and remove the filets from the top, cutting away from the inside of the scales on one side and from along the ribs on the other. He'd soak the filets in buttermilk and then fry them up like any other. Never tasted bad to me. As an adult, I don't remember the last time I caught a gar bigger than a foot or so. But, if I did, I think I'd give it a go again...in PaPa's memory.

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#5718261 - 04/27/15 11:41 AM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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Great job! Used to catch these alot when we lived in FL. And yes, blacks love this fish. They used to send their kid's out to the spillway, armed with baseball bats. As soon as we'd land one, the kids always asked if they could have it.

One whack of the bat to the gar's head, and off they'd go.
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#5718286 - 04/27/15 12:04 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I didn't know people ate those things. Nice one though!
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#5718299 - 04/27/15 12:12 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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cheers
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#5718341 - 04/27/15 12:54 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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barf


But Congrats up
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#5718391 - 04/27/15 01:21 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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I never knew that gar had balls confused2
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#5718396 - 04/27/15 01:26 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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"You'd have to eat about a million of them to get full!"

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#5718397 - 04/27/15 01:26 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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Congrats

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#5718712 - 04/27/15 04:23 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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cheers Good times!
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#5718796 - 04/27/15 05:03 PM Re: BIG Surprise while Fishing this Weekend [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
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But Congrats up


You just don't know how to cook them hammer Then again, neither do I laugh
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