How to Make GAR Fish Lures out of Nylon


The gar has a long, bony beak studded with needle-sharp teeth. The gar will strike most lures intended for bass, but it is difficult to set the hook. When the gar feels pressure on the bait, it lets go. The answer is to make your own lure with frayed nylon that gets tangled in the gar's teeth.

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon rope
  • Super glue
  • Knife
  • Wire brush
  • Barrel swivel
  • Optional
  • Lure scents
  • Shad
  • Crawfish
  • Slip sinker
  • Beads
  • Inline spinner on a clevis

How to make a gar nylon rope lure

  • Cut a piece of 3/4-inch nylon rope12 to 24 inches long. Use shorter lengths for smaller lures

  • If your rope is braided, undo the braids. Use a wire brush to comb out the rope. It should resemble Santa Claus' beard.

  • Run the frayed rope through a barrel swivel and tie it with an overhand knot. You'll have 6 to 12 inches of frayed rope on either side of the knot. Put super glue on the knot to keep it from coming undone.

  • Some fishermen add scent to the frayed nylon. Put a slip sinker above the lure to fish below the surface. You also can put colorful beads or an inline spinner above the lure.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you fish below the surface, retrieve the lure with a pumping action about 3 to 4 feet below the water. Gars often gather in schools in deep river pools or in reservoirs. They occasionally break the surface of the water. If you see this, cast the lure about 8 to 10 feet in front of them. The gar strikes sideways with its toothy beak. The trick to using a frayed-rope lure is to let the gar take it 2 or 3 feet before you try to pull it in. That way the gar has plenty of opportunity to let the nylon get tangled in its teeth.
  • If you catch a gar, wear thick leather gloves to avoid cutting yourself on the gar's teeth when you untangle the lure.

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