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Old 03-04-2013, 06:58 PM
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Going to be in a small town near Fort Worth in November.Trying to get some insight on Grandberry Lake and its Alligator Gar population and fishing opportunities.Any info appreciated.
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I have wanted to get a big stinking Aligator Gar on a fly rod in the worst way. They are freakin huge and nasty. I can't think of a lot of things that look more fun. Want to adopt an older child to take along?
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I have wanted to get a big stinking Aligator Gar on a fly rod in the worst way. They are freakin huge and nasty. I can't think of a lot of things that look more fun. Want to adopt an older child to take along?
if memory serves me right, dont you use big hookless mop style "flies" to catch 'em?
get it wrapped up in their chompers
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Yes as a matter of fact you do. You take nylon rope and double it over. Tie it so you have a rope eye. Brush it out so it's just fibers. Tie in some crystal flash, whip finish and done. I have a pretty good article on doing it for the smaller species we have here in Minnesota. I tied a couple of flies and copied the article and sent it to a forum member. Once the water warms up I'm hoping he nails a couple of big ones with a two hand rod. How cool would that be huh?
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Consider yourself adopted if I can get some decent boat rental info.Got free lodging and a car all I need is some more facts about the lake rather than all the usual bs ive been getting!If I cant verify anything im going to the Trinity River where at least I know what im getting into.Its just that this lake is 10 minutes from where ill be. And I want gators not longnose so I want to be sure.Homer (mrfzk)is going after them in Louisiana with a 16 wt!
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I saw a fishing show where they got Alligator Gar in the Trinity. They were freakin huge, I mean hundred pound class fish. Towed the stinking boat around. The water looked like coffee with cream. About as clear as a brick. Looked like more fun than should be legal.

I just looked in the IGFA record book and there is a record from the Trinity also. Plus all of the fly rod records for them are small. 30 pound and less small.
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I saw a fishing show where they got Alligator Gar in the Trinity. They were freakin huge, I mean hundred pound class fish. Towed the stinking boat around. The water looked like coffee with cream. About as clear as a brick. Looked like more fun than should be legal.

I just looked in the IGFA record book and there is a record from the Trinity also. Plus all of the fly rod records for them are small. 30 pound and less small.
I spoke with Dr Martin Argousti (probably spelled that wrong) who has many of the tippet records .From what I gather they fight like a tarpon with a lead weight attached and the rope trick doesn't work for them as their teeth are not as close together or as needle like.Spoke of teasing some to the fly like they do with sailfish.Mouths are very boney and need super sharp as well as hard hook.Hope I can get this together cause I think its going to be a blast!From what I heard Homer has the right idea with the 16 wt as you need to muscle them a bit!
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