Gar Fish Rigs

Hi Everyone,


Me and my young bloke are wondering what are the best type of rigs for garfish and bait?  we have seen different methods online, but we have alway been given the best advice on this forum,  cheers guys 

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I haven't tried it in the Metro area

Tue, 2017-04-18 16:50

 But, off beaches further north, having two hooks on snoods in front of the float works best for me. The float is on the very end of the line, small hooks on droppers spread out 350-400 mm further up the line, use a very slow retreive. You feel the bites rather than just watch the float, and the hookup rate seems a lot better.

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When I was a kid I used a

Tue, 2017-04-18 17:10

When I was a kid I used a 1.5-2m trace with a longshank, wire berley cage above with a float above that (sometimes no float, depended on how they were biting) and a maggot as a bait, sometimes hellllll tiny bits of prawn or squid. It's been years since I caught one of them ! 

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 Best method hands down for

Tue, 2017-04-18 17:18

 Best method hands down for gars is a prawn scoop & a spotlight at night... if you have a boat of course

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 Been a while since I’ve

Tue, 2017-04-18 17:32

 Been a while since I’ve targeted them , we mixed up a bit of dough with some fish oil kept it in a sandwich bag and place little balls on long shanked hooks and it done the trick .. for whatever reason the bigger gars seemed to be always at the back of the pack . Maggots would be the go if the mrs lets you keep them in the freezer 


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Freezer? My Pop used to keep

Wed, 2017-04-19 11:13

Freezer? My Pop used to keep them alive in pollard in his fridge. Bloody legend!


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Best gar rig

Tue, 2017-04-18 21:52

just what 420casts has said above.   Caught heaps with that exact rig.  Also suggest try Chris Raffs bait technique.  I've used that same ...dough from plain flour mixed with a tin of sardines ....

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Best gar Rig

Tue, 2017-04-18 23:27

Gamakatsu Octopus size 10 hook - might need to buy online as they can be tricky to get hold of , they are a short shank and you will need long nose pliers to get them out but hook up rates go through the roof when using them.

plenty of burley and a fish-oily rag on a rope to keep up the trail - float size will be dependant on casting distance required and how much wave action - SMALL pieces of prawn or Maggots are good.

We catch a lot for Marlin/Sails and in a 1-2 hour session have to keep count because between 2 or 3 of us we can easily get our limit - the Gamakatsu octopus hooks and keeping bait size down is the key.






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Best gar rig

Wed, 2017-04-19 20:32

 Gents ive been targeting them in the jurien Cervantes area and for 18 months haven't been able to raise any

do you think this is the water temps or just me are other fishos haveing the same issue