Welcome To Alligator Gar Fishing School - Session 1

Catching Dinosaurs
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I decided to make a comprehensive guide to catch and release alligator gar fishing.

I start by showed the 3 methods i use to target these fish.
I start the day with my standard 4/0 j hook and catch a very nice 5 foot alligator gar on it.
From there i move on to my tiny 1/0 j hook and lose a river monster on it after several minutes of intense fight where it towed my kayak all over. I put the same hook and bait out and catch a 130 pound giant.
I ran out of time to film the third part of my video the hook less part where im using whats called a gar lasso to snare the gars snout instead of using hooks to catch them.

I totally understand if some of the info is hard to follow i tried my very best to film by my self and to explain everything the best i could. If you have any questions please please please ask away in the comment section.
Thank you for watching look for a part two in the future.

The 4/0 J hooks model number is SL11-3h-3x strong
The 1/0 J hook is a Gamgatsu live bait 1/0 j hook.




25 Eyl 2019




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Roger Fishermen
Roger Fishermen 2 yıl önce
At 9:27 there was a gar swimming right behind you
Acidmardigras Yıl önce
Damn sure was .
YUNG OSCO Yıl önce
Was about to say the same thing !!
Rohan Singhal
Rohan Singhal 2 yıl önce
I saw that too and was gonna comment then saw this haha
Crockett Mills
Crockett Mills 2 yıl önce
Henry, are aligators (the reptiles) expanding or reclaiming their territories and populations in Texas? I haven't really been out on any water in almost 10 years.
Tvanza 77
Tvanza 77 2 yıl önce
Man how eery is that? Seeing that beast of a fish almost sneaking up on him. Lmao floating among the Giants
Catching Dinosaurs
Catching Dinosaurs 8 aylar önce
there's a part 2 to this that is up, its up to date with my current methods used for alligator gar and packed full of 40 minutes of gar fishing information.
genesis guerra
genesis guerra 2 yıl önce
Unlike other GUYs who fish ALLIGATOR GAR you really put info out there for the sake of the species so generations to come can enjoy garfishing💯💯
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish 2 yıl önce
Excellent video! Very informative. I appreciate your conservation efforts.
Tyler Soria
Tyler Soria Yıl önce
I watch your videos
Edd VCR 2 yıl önce
I so appreciate the respect that you have for these amazing fish and your dedication to conservation. Does leaving the hook in the gar hurt their digestive tract, and is lassoing gars your preferred method?
Bryce Hubbell
Bryce Hubbell 2 yıl önce
Man this video is great! I have always wanted to get into alligator gar fishing and your video makes it seem very do-able. You're right when you say there's not a lot of do it yourself alligator gar fishing videos. Thanks a bunch for making this one. I like how you have thought out how to be the least damaging to the fish as well. The point of catch and release is to have a live fish to release 😄. Your gar snare rig reminds me of the nooses used for catching crocodilians. What are some of your favorite fishing braid brands for gator gar fishing?
Joe Farah
Joe Farah 2 yıl önce
This is awesome. I just moved to Texas from Colorado and i've never fished for alligator gar before. Looking forward to catching my first. Really appreciate your video man, thanks a lot!
Brian Olsovsky
Brian Olsovsky Yıl önce
Great video!! A lot can be learned here. I’ve been fishing my whole life and your methods prove that most people don’t know what the hell they are talking about when they explain how to rig for gar fishing LoL
Catching Dinosaurs
appreciate you sir.
Luis Alvarado
Luis Alvarado Yıl önce
Nice fishing! I lost 1 last night pulled to early but it’s a great feeling getting those runs
Jimmy C
Jimmy C Yıl önce
Great video!! Thank you for showing and explaining your different techniques. I felt like I was out there with you and learned a bunch!!! Thanks again! Subscribed for sure!!
Gregory Dunn
Gregory Dunn 2 yıl önce
When I moved to Texas, I fell in love with Gar. I was shocked that everyone here didn’t love them as the badass fish they are. I am so glad to someone as knowledgeable and conservation minded promote gar. Keep it up!
Atko Fishing
Atko Fishing 2 yıl önce
Awesome content! We love gar too and appreciate your conservation efforts. We love to catch and eat them but never want to see them wasted
Paul Gierhart
Paul Gierhart 2 yıl önce
Brother mad respect! Really dig how much you respect the fish! Definitely want to try the lasso trick. Can’t and release 100% learnt a lot watching this! Keep the vids coming!
Fishing With JBT
Fishing With JBT 2 yıl önce
Nice Video man im thinking about doing some Gar fishing this year,i never done it before and there is only spotted and needlenose gar in some lakes i have to take a mild road trip to,but nevertheless im gonna try it! Keep up the good work man 👍
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
Great video! It's so funny growing up fishing in this area. I spent my whole life trying not to catch a gar.
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
You got a fan for life. Some of these actual fish were here before I was born. Respect.
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
I did love the video. I was scolded as a kid,"You caught a gar?! Well what were you doing wrong?!"
Awesome video man👍🏻 Definitely going to try that 4/0 hook. I appreciate all the helpful information! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
DRock Fishing
DRock Fishing 2 yıl önce
Awesome video! I haven't gone gar fishing in years, now I'm itching to go catch a gar. Thanks for the tips!
DRock Fishing
DRock Fishing 2 yıl önce
Thank you!
Carlos Gaytan
Carlos Gaytan Yıl önce
I’m late af but I literally did this yesterday but it was my first time trying I think I was using the wrong bait that’s why I’m here looking at your video cause I’m trying to catch some I was Kayaking at this river fishing and there was some big gars jumping out beside me but thanks this was very helpful
Bear Creek Outdoors
Bear Creek Outdoors 2 yıl önce
Great video. Super informative. How much longer do you think we have in Texas until the gar fishing starts to slow down?
Justin Singleton
Justin Singleton 2 yıl önce
Thanks for the tips very informative, missed a big fish today because I didn't trim the fin on my carp.
Peter Wood
Peter Wood 2 yıl önce
What I do with any fish is I use a barbless hook I squeeze the Barb down flat with a pair of pliers and it comes out really easy and it's a little more challenging. But there's probably about an 8-foot gar that keeps swimming around my boat here in the marina and chasing off all the fish so today I am going to catch him thanks to your video I'm using whole fish though mullet and Croakers. Thanks for the tips good day to you
Tvanza 77
Tvanza 77 2 yıl önce
Hey bud great video. I'd love to catch one of these beasts! It's been a goal of mine for a long long time but never had the resources or the knowledge on how to go about it. I'm deff subscribing. I came here from TyPigPatrol's channel. Thanks for the action
Jersey Jim Fish
Jersey Jim Fish Yıl önce
If you ever can't save one, reach out to me. I've got a friend anxious to articulate the bones of a gar head and another that can use the scales for arrow heads. These are 2 people as concerned with proper management of our natural resources as you. Grand explination, much respect from New Jersey.,😁
Dartfishdan 2 yıl önce
Great video! Super thankful for your knowledge!
Chuck Koenen
Chuck Koenen 2 yıl önce
Wow.....This is so cool. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion.
DA 2 yıl önce
Thanks for sharing your knowledge can't wait to get back out on the rivers here in central tx. Where was this recorded?
Nick Ouellette
Nick Ouellette 2 yıl önce
Thank you! I've been sacrificing small children to get a video like this. Appreciate your work and channel. Also, what kind of rod was the one that shattered?
George Shaw
George Shaw 2 yıl önce
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Nick Ouellette
Nick Ouellette 2 yıl önce
@Catching Dinosaurs thanks for the response. I've been searching for a rod along those guidelines, so I'll check it out.
Louis Ara
Louis Ara 2 yıl önce
Great content! That last technique was very innovative!
🧀cHeEsE🧀 Yıl önce
Yo bro I hope all is well with you and your family!!!!
andy dennis
andy dennis 2 yıl önce
I'd say for that lasso one to use a small paper clip to clip the two swivels together. Should be enough to allow you to cast it out but still allow you to cinch down the loop around their snout.
Juan Cervantes
Juan Cervantes Yıl önce
Great video CD! Keep up the good work.
Sebastian Ochoa
Sebastian Ochoa 4 aylar önce
Ouch to see you lose that giant. You’re a legend can’t wait to fish w you!
A-TOWN PIRACY 2 yıl önce
This video was great, very useful information. Will be trying the Gar snare in a future trip. Also just bought some of the small live bait hooks. Have not used them yet.
Joram Jante Ramirez
Joram Jante Ramirez 2 yıl önce
Awesome video bro. Thanks for sharing. You have a new subscriber. I agree does are legendary native and prehistoric fish. We should do everything possible to protect them from ignorant fools out there thinking they're bad. We swim in rivers all the time never have any issues with them. I have also ate the 20lbs they tastes delicious. I only kill what i eat. And will not kill otherwise. Well may y'all stay blessed. Greetings from Texas.
Will LaBuda
Will LaBuda 2 yıl önce
Sad to say that the first gar I've seen was a dried up Longnose on the banks of the Arkansas. I always wondered why they were so hated. They are beautiful masters of the river, and we are the shepards of the rivers. I saw my first spotted gar in a canal off the Arkansas last year, just relaxing in the shallows. I'm curious about trying to catch me one, but was always worried about injuring them accidentally. This video was very informative and entertaining, thank you for putting this out there.
RbKnox 2 yıl önce
EPIC. Must have been such a rush when it started towing your Kayak! Thanks for the informative video!
jayson sliger
jayson sliger 2 yıl önce
I have been trying to catch some gar at my buddy’s family land on the trinity just outside kerens. Have not caught any yet. Just a lot of catfish. I appreciate all the info and look forward to hooking up on one.
Slice 2 yıl önce
i caught my first gar earlier today on the trinity river it was about 5ft by far the biggest freshwater fish i’ve ever caught
Carlos Vasquez
Carlos Vasquez 2 yıl önce
how do you keep the bait from down the stream? do I need a super heavy weight? Should I use a sand spike weight?
Hubert Strzalkowski
Hubert Strzalkowski 2 yıl önce
Hello sir! Awesome video. Thanks. Question! I. In the market for a new reel. Bottom fishing for catfish, but also muskie fishing. I'm down to two choices. Shimano tranx or daiwa lexa. Which reel is more solid, reliable, comfortable, better choice?
Robert Palma
Robert Palma 2 yıl önce
Great video and very educational. Liked that your a catch and release fisherman
dbolt2w 11 aylar önce
Thank you for this! I kept snapping off and wondering why
stephanie c
stephanie c 2 yıl önce
I want to go gar fishing but I didn't know how to do it but now I can get a start on it thank u. Keep fishin
Bob Fonseca
Bob Fonseca 2 yıl önce
Lost my first gar yesterday, so thanks for the vid!
Exelente video buena explicación
ToXic x Bobcat
ToXic x Bobcat 10 aylar önce
I’ve been going out at night and using my spotlight to sight fish the gar and throw a live from on them and they love it but I always set the hook early from excitement
Catching Dinosaurs
Catching Dinosaurs 10 aylar önce
thats awesome
Lone Star Angler
Lone Star Angler 2 yıl önce
Awesome Vid!! Thanks! Looking forward to the next one!
Villa Moderno
Villa Moderno 2 yıl önce
By the way, your video is badass! I never imagined myself hunting Dinosaurs. You have me inspired. I would actually like to go on a Yak trip with you. I live in Fort Worth. Please send me some info.
Alex Pulsifer
Alex Pulsifer Yıl önce
The creeks around lewisville have some big gars but getting one to bite is another matter but did alright with sandbass and catfish
Bonded by Thrash
Bonded by Thrash 2 yıl önce
Very very very well done. Thank you
TexasCast&Blast 2 yıl önce
Awesome video, great tips. Got some good size gar
Ray Byrd
Ray Byrd 2 yıl önce
Great video, found you from Instagram. I fish the Trinity in fort with alot and am gonna try to use your techniques to catch and release some gator gar. Thanks for the info
GG Yıl önce
Awesome video 🔥🔥🔥
Villa Moderno
Villa Moderno 2 yıl önce
I hooked into a bigass Spotted Gar this weekend. It was about 5 foot long. I got off my little treble hook as I got it to the shore. I'm trying to figure out how not to lose one again.
Villa Moderno
Villa Moderno 2 yıl önce
@Catching Dinosaurs I was kind of glad it got off. I was not prepared for that shit at all.
Villa Moderno
Villa Moderno 2 yıl önce
@Catching Dinosaurs Truth be told, shit happend too quick. The snout was about 18"ling. I got a good look at the grille, the rest of it was a blur.
John David Robertson
I loved this video and I thank you for it sir
El MAS PERRO713 Yıl önce
Nice flower of life ! Planning on getting one on my forearm as well 🤙🏼 subscribe
MidSequence123 10 aylar önce
I appreciate it bud. Good info
M & M
M & M 2 yıl önce
Very Good video. First of it's kind for me. Very informative.
TheGameExtremist -
TheGameExtremist - 2 yıl önce
Can you post links on Ebay on something for the bait needle, the coated wire, and the crimp size you use.. I have been having trouble finding the correct crimps for wires. Please and thanks!
Roel Garcia
Roel Garcia 2 yıl önce
I fished nueces river for gar I have caught small ones like 2ft I guess spotted gar. I hooked a 4ft 2 it was my first alligator gar I kinda got hooked on gar it's very fun. But I missed Lot also will the lasso help the hookups better and bigger bait will it help keep the little ones away.
Roel Garcia
Roel Garcia 2 yıl önce
@Catching Dinosaurs maybe I'll try that using a small hook. I been using talapia. Sometimes I bring mullet from the gulf I'll use bigger chunks now on. Also I get alot of runs but I get too excited and feel like I pull the hook to fast😂 it's very fun when you see the float take off.
Ryguy 2 yıl önce
I just got a long nose gar today!
Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone 2 yıl önce
🤣🤣🤣 you had me dying "she not that big" she's bigger than anything in the waters of Iowa besides our flathead
slickshoeslopez 2 yıl önce
Everything's bigger in Texas 🤷‍♂️
Adam Paul
Adam Paul 4 aylar önce
✨👍🦈Awesome video.... Thanks so much for making it‼️🦈..ps...(what part of Texas are you in?)
Catching Dinosaurs
Catching Dinosaurs 4 aylar önce
i fish all of tx for gar and theres a part 2 to this video if your interested
Brandon Beauregard
Brandon Beauregard 11 aylar önce
how deep should I fish for gar?
Jihl Nabaat
Jihl Nabaat 2 yıl önce
hey I have those shoe i didn't think anybody else gots those i though i was the only one who gots those, great job teaching i want to catch one so bad.......and eat it.
Ruben Rendon
Ruben Rendon Aylar önce
Do you have a recommended swivel for the leader?
Ruben Rendon
Ruben Rendon 2 aylar önce
Cannot thank you enough for these videos
Catching Dinosaurs
Catching Dinosaurs 2 aylar önce
WEmp3roRW 2 yıl önce
Thanks for making this video. I learned some new techniques. I like your shirt btw - Corpus Christi represent! I miss living in Corpus.
Zeb Friudenberg
Zeb Friudenberg 2 yıl önce
I love it! You catch and release, and I’ll recatch it later and eat plenty! Enjoy this country while we still have our freedom! If you like it, I love it! 🇺🇸
Vườn Rau Texas
Vườn Rau Texas 7 aylar önce
I like the little hook approach as well...
Supremelordofpie 2 yıl önce
I love gar fishing love the vid bro
J R.H 2 yıl önce
Thanks I appreciate you
good ol boy'z out door's
what river was you fishing? I live in Livingston t,x and fish the trinity river for catfish but always wanted to catch a gar i am going to try as soon as it warms up a little bit thanks for the vid keep them coming
good ol boy'z out door's
@Catching Dinosaurs really that is cool yes I love fishing there when I had my boat I would go back to the other spillway on the other side I cought some good catfish over there but I now I found a place down river that I can drive to and swim and fish it's a big sand bar
Trigger Warning
Trigger Warning Yıl önce
Nice video man. Thats a small hook, is a smaller hook better for big gar? I've been using 6 or 7.
slammerjax Yıl önce
I use a pine shiv to slide in the side of the mouth and gently wedge the mouth open with the wood to dehook alone.
Teo Weiming
Teo Weiming 2 yıl önce
Awesome video
Charles L Jones
Charles L Jones 10 aylar önce
It's the one thing I miss since moving from Louisiana ......and them big monsters really taste good.
Houston Fishing Noob
This is great thank you. Noob here
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
I never thought of the alligator gar as fragile. Quite the opposite. Binge watching. Hope I didn't kill any by moving them. I thought I was saving them. Always heard of a 14 ftr. Seen one dead at 130 inches 274 lbs
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
So much fishing planned! So bored! So ready! I hope that giant fish exists. And Gerald I hope you find it before the 12 gauge gang!
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
I still think the 14 ft gar is a fish story. The one I saw supposed to be well over 10 ft was broken into a Z pattern. Can't verify the measurement. Not counting sharks it's still the biggest fish I've ever seen. Your gar look healthier. Stay safe!
Terry Cullender
Terry Cullender 2 yıl önce
Alligator gar have a very narrow habitat. People all over the world are amazed albeit frightened. And they've never actually seen one.
James J. Reid
James J. Reid Yıl önce
thank you for this
Frog Face
Frog Face 2 yıl önce
El MAS PERRO713 Yıl önce
Yoo nice flower of life tattoo !! I was planning on getting one on my forearm as well !! Subscribe 🤙🏼
Nikola Mckenna
Nikola Mckenna 2 yıl önce
Catching Dinosaurs
Trenton Anderson
Trenton Anderson 2 yıl önce
Just send me the location and I’m there! Went to the guadalupe to catch small longnose a few weeks ago it was a blast. Ready to catch the alligator gar.
Internal infernal
Internal infernal 2 yıl önce
Can I catch these in MN and where?
Jordan McBride
Jordan McBride 2 gün önce
I was on my kayak today on the big river I was in this pocket and there was fish coming to the top of the water one chased my whopper plopper but I was wonder is that gar behavior? Come to the top of water every once in a while
Harambe Da monkey
Harambe Da monkey 2 yıl önce
This vid helped a lot thanks man
daboiluis FISH ON
daboiluis FISH ON 2 yıl önce
Great video .so gar fishing slows down by this time of the year? I stay like 40 mins away from Livingston dam (Trinity River) lots of gar there
daboiluis FISH ON
daboiluis FISH ON 2 yıl önce
@Catching Dinosaurs really good video man 👍👍👍
Alex Morales
Alex Morales 2 yıl önce
Brother this is an awesome video. How much would you charge me to take me out with you gar fishing? I live in Texas.
Callie Richard
Callie Richard 2 yıl önce
Love this.
Marian Spariosu
Marian Spariosu Yıl önce
To be honest man just the J hook is fine at least in my area the gar aren’t that crazy big . 110 lb braid and all that is extra here
Marco Tsosie
Marco Tsosie 2 yıl önce
I catch and release everything I catch. Its purely sport for me. Everything.
Zeb Friudenberg
Zeb Friudenberg 2 yıl önce
That’s what I love about America! I only catch to eat, but some like to catch and release! Just follow the laws of the land so there’ll be plenty for everyone! 👍🏻🇺🇸
the name idk
the name idk 2 yıl önce
only fish thats good to me is catfish and tuna
Brandon Beauregard
Brandon Beauregard 10 aylar önce
about how deep do you fish?
Brian McMillin
Brian McMillin Yıl önce
Ashley Bruton
Ashley Bruton 2 yıl önce
Would love to see the laso video will be looking for it aeesome video
Vinny 4 aylar önce
This is giving me the confidence to attempt going after these gar on my paddleboard but the fish at ~12 didnt show you making it to the bank. How did you manage to bring that hog to the bank - did you have a peddle drive system? I imagine just paddling but dam that doesnt seem easy. Maybe a rod holder and paddle with the rod secured?
Vinny 4 aylar önce
@Catching Dinosaurs trying to find your guiding info - do you have an email or phone / website?
Catching Dinosaurs
Catching Dinosaurs 4 aylar önce
yah i just wedge the rod under my leg lower the drag and paddle to the bank you can also rope them from the kayak first theres a second part to this video if your interested
8=720 degrees
8=720 degrees 11 aylar önce
does anyone know why they go downstream and then back up,to swallow their food? and since theyre so picky about fresh fish it seems like they r not scavengers.
PESCA EN TEXAS 5 aylar önce
Spanish subtitles please good fish
Much love bro
Albert Garcia
Albert Garcia 10 aylar önce
Nice bro thanks fish on
Andrew L
Andrew L Yıl önce
Will 65lb braid work for any gar under 100lbs on a spinning 6000 reel?
Andrew L
Andrew L Yıl önce
Catching Dinosaurs how is the o shaugbessy much different than the Aki’s gap they look the same to me lol
Andrew L
Andrew L Yıl önce
Catching Dinosaurs what abt a 4/0 octopus
Andrew L
Andrew L Yıl önce
Catching Dinosaurs will a 5/0 o’shaugnessy hook work?
Andrew L
Andrew L Yıl önce
Catching Dinosaurs ok thanks so much. U have been super helpful.
What spinning reels u recommend for gar fishing
@Catching Dinosaurs how do you feel about the Penn spinfisher vi live liner it has seals an CNC machine gears
@Catching Dinosaurs thx bro
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