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The dots link to Bing maps that get you in the neighborhood, if not to the exact spot. Submissions include a link to the location the gar were caught (if known). State records are shown with a star.
Yellow Star/Dot = Alligator Gar
Pink Star/Dot = Florida Gar
Red Star/Dot = Longnose Gar
Green Star/Dot = Spotted Gar
Blue Star/Dot = Shortnose Gar

State Records (Rod and Reel):

May 2013, Presque Isle

Hey GASSman,
Just wanted to shoot you a couple larger specimens from this month in Presque Isle Bay, Erie, PA. Actually, the last time I checked the map page, those pics I sent before were gone. Anyway, here's some new ones. The big one hit a rapala like a panfish. I set the hook expecting a crappie to fly out of the water. Instead, I nearly snapped the rod. She didn't move until I forced her up...then she decided she didn't like having her face tugged and took off. Vegetation is up bigtime, so I had a choice: let her run in the weeds, or clamp down the drag and try to turn her. Well, I wasn't about to lose her in the cabbage. If she breaks me off, she breaks me off, but I'm going down swinging. Went into horse mode and the gear held up. I guess Berkeley calls that string "big game" for a reason. She did manage to totally bend out 1/3 of an Owner treble hook, though..that's one strong feesh.
Dan M, 05/27/13

May 2013, Presque Isle

Hey GASSman,
I notice the PA Gar Map page is blank. Well, we do have 'em! I live in Erie, fish Presque Isle Bay, and have contributed to BAG as well. Presque Isle is home to both longnose and spotted gar. The spots are endangered in PA, so I don't target them, but always seem to catch a few while longnose fishing... their beaks are shorter and broader, but they still get entangled in rope lures.
I've caught longnose on rapalas, spoons, ropes...all kinds of stuff. They are quite plentiful here, and put up a wild, thrashing fight. The spots are smaller, but pretty thick and tend to be more pugnacious, as you can tell by the little guy hanging off my sleeve in picture 2! Well, here's a pile o' pics to get the PA page started!
Dan M, 05/13/13

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