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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Gar in the Raisin River


We headed out to Lancaster for a half day trip on the River. We got out on the water before 8:00 AM, we decided to fish the big water despite the heavy chop / whitecaps. We drift while casting a variety of lures, the only producer turn out to be a red and white Williams Wabbler spoon, which landed a 4 lb pike. After a while, we went up the Raisin River, first cast landed a 3 foot long gar on a blue and silver spoon. These fish fight harder than I imagined, it actually jumped out of the water a couple times before we netted it. The hook popped out immediately, we were lucky to have the proper gloves on board to hold down it's beak while we got it out of the net. When I set it down for a moment, it hit my leg with its beak, made a few holes the size of needles point in my leg. Good thing I had some Arak (strong alcohol) on the boat, it works as a disinfectant as well as great drink.

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