Saturday, July 11, 2015

Brandon Gets His Trophy Longnose Gar!

Brandon had only one thing in mind when he boarded my boat on June 9th, 2015 with his friend Justin, and that was to tangle with a Trophy Longnose Gar!

The day started out a bit slow with overcast skies which makes sight fishing virtually impossible. Not idea conditions however as the day went by the storm clouds started to gather with some sun peeking through. I seemed as if maybe the nearby storms increased the Gar activity eventually.

Brandon snagged a respectable trophy Gar that weighed approximately 16-17 pounds and probably measured about 50 inches long or so. (I left my scales and tape measure)

As one of the storms moved closer and the pressure began to drop more the Gar got activity increased enough for Brandon to land a Longnose Gar Trophy of a lifetime! This Gar measured about 52 inches and probably weighed 20 pounds. Now Brandon was elated! I don't blame him since this is the largest Gar I've had in my boat for more that 2 years and the largest fish Brandon has ever caught!

I don't want to leave out his buddy Justin who struggled through watching Brandon land several nice Gar. His persistence did pay off though with a couple of decent fish.

All in all what started out being a day I didn't feel all that great about turned into one of the best guide trips I've had in a long while!

Congratulations Brandon and don't forget to send me picks of the mount now! I really enjoyed having you guys along!












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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Great Day of Longnose Gar Fishing on West Point Lake!


Colin contacted me for Round Two of Gar Fishing on West Point Lake and this time he brought along his brother Tad and friend and co-worker Patrick. Tad and Patrick have never caught a Gar before but they have always thought it would be great fun.

Patrick got things started quickly with our biggest Gar of the day which also turned out to be Patrick's largest fish caught ever! I say CAUGHT because when he told me it was the biggest fish he had ever caught I said "But it's not the biggest fish you've ever hooked!"

Without a way to measure and weight it, not that I need it anymore, the Gar was pretty close to 17 pounds and 52 inches long! Ok I'll give him 18! Well what do you think?



Patrick was extremely proud of his first Longnose Gar as you can tell by this video and rightfully so!



There's no question Patrick was excited! He couldn't quit smiling the whole time he landed and released this Gar.

Then Colin got in on the action tangling a nice Gar. Colin fishes hard and you can tell he loves doing adventuresome outdoors type stuff and it's always a pleasure to have him along.




He fished hard that day and I wish he could have snagged that ole big one. Boy did he have a chance too! As Colin pulls and twitches his Rope Lure along this huge girl appears right on the bait's tail and Collin tried to give it another twitch but the huge Gar swam away out of sight. That would have been a catch to remember!

Meanwhile Tad has been figuring it out from the back of the boat and before you know it he's reeling in his first Gar of the day. He wasn't saying much back there; just taking in the view while honing his "Gar Eyes" casting skills. It paid off with two Gar in the boat!


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Notice the Gar Teeth Silhouette!



Wrapping things up it was an extreme pleasure having these fellow outdoorsmen along for another adventuresome Longnose Gar Fishing Guide Trip on beautiful West Point Lake.

I still have a few trip dates available so If you want to try something a little different, like fishing with rope for toothy creatures, then I'm your guy!

Here's a few for picture from the day...





Until next time!

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Back and Better Than Ever!


 

Forgive me for not posting over the last couple of years. I have a few health setbacks but I'm well and ready for the 2015 West Point Lake Gar Season! During my absence I bought a new boat! I retired the 1991 Stratos Bass Boat for a 2005 Key West Bay Reef Center Console with lots of room and a T-Top for summer comfort on those long hot days.

So who's in the mood to catch a big Longnose Gar with me? I have a few trips still available!

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

My First Day On The Water In 2012 Was A Perfect Gar Fishing Day

Man what a perfect day for Longnose Gar Fishing on beautiful West Point Lake. The high today was near 90 degrees and the wind was 5 mph, just enough to cool me down a bit.


Adding to the great weather, the Gar fishing wasn't at all bad either. After missing a couple of big ole Gar I landed this nice 18lb-5oz 56 inch Longnose. She wasn't none to happy to get snagged either! She gave my shoulder a good yanking and didn't want to stay still for me to remove the rope from it's teeth.

I finally got her untangled and as always, I let her go to fight another day.

All in all a perfect day for Longnose Gar Fishing for my first full day on the lake.







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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

West Point Lake Gar Grabbers - Shelley and Mike Reap Success

I took my daughter Shelley and her fellow Mike Gar fishing recently and we all snagged a pretty nice one. This was Mike's first Gar ever.




Sunday, July 10, 2011

West Point Lake Gar Fishing - Sawyer And Brother Max Score First Gar

When I was asked to take two young boys Gar Fishing along with their father I didn't hesitate to say yes, although in my mind I WAS a little hesitant. As you know Gar aren't your normal garden variety fish, with needle sharp teeth and a bad attitude to go with them, one slip up this fish can make you bleed, a little or a lot!

I found out pretty quickly however these were not your garden variety youngsters either! Since discovering their grandfather and friend Jerry booked this trip for them they have been on the internet studying my website along with many others. I quickly found out during this trip what they had learned when Sawyer and Max both began to quote facts they had had gathered during there studies. These two boys had whipped themselves into a frenzy and were determined to have success and I've got to say, so was I after meeting them!

In the beginning we had to delay our trip right of out the gate due to an early morning lightning storm. Jerry and his wife Jackie, dad Jason and the boys stayed at Jerry and Jackie's house during he storm while Jerry and I stayed in contact by cell phone until the storm got well away from us. Living only a few miles from the boat landing, after I gave the all clear call the whole family drove over in a matter of minutes then we loaded up and said see you later to grand paw and grand maw as they waved us off.

You see, many years ago Jerry and I sunk a boat together in his private lake. Jerry would tell it that I sunk him in a boat but who cares about the details the way I see it. I just know Jerry and Jackie had to be a little nervous so I was nervous for the both of us to tell you the truth; not to mention the teeth aspect!

Anyway, back to the trip. since I wanted Sawyer and Max to catch a Gar so badly I had Jerry to get the boys to catch me a coupe of bream from their lake to use for cut bait. As you may know I normally only use homemade nylon rope lures but I was afraid the boys couldn't cast we enough; I was wrong. The cut bait was rather ineffective while trying to cast too but Sawyer did catch a nice blue cat. We just couldn't get to the rod fast enough with our lures in the water too so we went back to using rope again.

After to boys learned the routine they started getting a few bites but they were a little over anxious at first, pulling the bait too fast when the Gar hit. Not only that but with the high wind it was virtually impossible to see the Gar through the chop on the water but we fished on.

I've got to tell you, I was getting a little discouraged but the boys weren't! No matter how hard the fishing was or how hot it got they stayed after it harder than I've seen many grown men.

After moving around and finding the right spot our persistence finally paid off. Both Sawyer and Max both got a Gar in the boat and and got there picture on my website! Forget the teeth, these two kids were not the least bit afraid of these fish as you can see by the photos and I'll beat they can't wait to do it again.

Jason, Sawyer and Max are welcome to come along again no charge this year to try to increase the size of their catch too, just call me at 706-298-6958 and let's try to plan it, what do you say boys are you ready to catch a big one now?




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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

West Point Lake Gar Fishing-Nice Gar June 16th 2011



I left some Gar for my Thursday guide trip that I could have caught but I couldn't resist this Gar on a challenging cast. It probably went 15 pounds and 50 inches. Are you ready Sawyer?

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