Cool report! Not many Gar here. I've seen them in FL & on the Pocomoke River here in MD, and they are quite menacing looking. I've had Bluefish & Carp bump me when wading, but never rammed. I guess if it's a choice of getting rammed & having one slash at your hand with all those teeth, you got the better end of that message! Maybe it just wanted to get your attention!