Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Back into it!

Got out last week for a few hours to try and get a carp on the fly. First I headed to the Secret Spot. With all the rain we've had, I knew it would be high, but it was ridiculous! Water was about 10 feet above normal judging from the grass. Saw some fish feeding, but they were all buffalo and the current was insane so I decided to go over to a pond close by that holds some pretty crazy varieties of fish, including drum, carp, buffalo, spotted bass, and most notably, gar.

Upon getting there, I found the bass were definitely on the feed, and caught a few on my way around the pond. Finally I got to a big tree that hangs over the water that's usually a really good spot for carp on euro gear. Right when I started to make a cast a gar emerged from the shadow of the tree, and I kind of flicked over the fly I had on at the time, a Backstabber carp fly. I didn't think that I would have a chance with that fish. I was wrong.

The gar slammed the fly like a freight train. As usual with gar I let it run for a good while then set the hook harder than i'd set in a long time. The fish was definitely hooked and I began fighting it in. It took about 10 minutes and I was able to net her. Turned out to be a HUGE spotted gar, definitely a new PB. Tried to get a hero shot with her but she slipped back in before I could. This is the only pic I have.
Kept heading down the bank, and to my surprise I found, for the first time ever, fish tailing in the pond. I missed a few and lost one, then hooked up with this little beauty. Nearly took me into the backing, nice little scrap!
Only a baby!

Hopefully i'll be able to find some more this weekend!


  1. Austin
    No offence--but the crap is one ugly fish!! Thanks for sharing

  2. That's a big Spotted Gar! Nice job.

  3. That is a fantastic spotted gar!!! Gar have to be one of my favorite species to target.

  4. Carp are beautiful! No, really! And that is one nice gar!


  5. Dude, nice gar. Never caught one of those. Very jealous.

  6. @Bill Come on! Carp are beautiful man! haha

    Thanks guys! I don't get very many shots at them so this was a complete surprise. Fought real hard too!