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Old 08-09-10, 10:19 AM   #1
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Man, last night was a night. I was fishing with a friend and in his pond, the bass bite had pretty much turned off, so we we decided to do some gar/cat/turtle fishing. I went for the gar, he went for the cats, and turtles. Both of had slim jim for bait, mine was on float, his on a the bottom. Since I had no other rods, I used my old bait caster, which had only 40 yards for 40lb braid on the spool. I didn't think I could hook into a gar big enough in his pond to pull that much line out anyway. So after putting on a small wire leader, I baited up and tossed it out.

20 minutes later, he's got a turtle and I've got nothing. Then my float going down, so I grab my rod and put it in free spool. After running around the pound for 5 minutes, and tightened up on him in set the hook! I instantly knew I was hooked into a hell of gar, and it started moving around, so as you would do with any big fish, you fallow it. I especially needed to do with because of my lack of main line. It went around some trees, so I got in the water and went around them. It just so happened that their was some rocks on the bottom and I gashed my toe open, didn't notice it yet because of the adrenalin though. We kept on fallowing it to his jon boat, we hopped in with a net, and went after it! 5 minutes in now

It lunged in the air, 4 foot at least.. it was a MONSTER, bigger then any gar I've ever hooked into.
5 more in -
It's getting down to close to my backing now despite out best efforts. It's getting closer now and I'm feet away from my backing (6lb zebco ultra cast of cores )
5 more -
It goes for one more run, and I'm fishing with thread now! I couldn't loosen my drag fast enough to prevent it from breaking and it does just that!

A while later I notice the gash in my toe. So I reel up the line, and it happens that the the graphite frame reel has flexed a lot and the spool in jotty. 15 minutes, for what? A gashed toe, a reel without line, and broken reel. FUN, while it lasted though, lol.
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Old 08-09-10, 12:39 PM   #2
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You backed 40# test braid with 6# test mono??? I musta read that wrong.
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Old 08-09-10, 03:49 PM   #3
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You backed 40# test braid with 6# test mono??? I musta read that wrong.
Yeah, what's wrong with that? If I use anything higher then 10, get a bigger knot and a big lump in my spool.
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Old 08-09-10, 04:04 PM   #4
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That's why I never back braid. Glad ya had fun though.
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Old 08-09-10, 04:16 PM   #5
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I back all my reels with 6lb test....No problems.
The idea is not to fish with the 6lb test=)
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Old 08-09-10, 04:30 PM   #6
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No problem with 6# test as backing.

There are two trains of thought when it comes to backing, as I have observed:

1) A backing used to prevent slippage - you only need about 10'.

2) As a backing and filler - the angler determines the ratio of backing and top line. This is normally done to maximize the use of the main line. 50/50 (top/backing), 60/40, 70/30, or whatever floats your boat.

For the #2, I normally choose a backing whose diameter matches the diameter of the braid and for my purposes, I have no need to go higher than 30# braid so I normally use 8# mono. There is no real purpose behind that train of thought.

Now if we're targetting species stronger than bass, I would be more inclined to use less backing for sure, and go with #1 listed above. If the fish takes me their, by George, it deserves to win. Just tip off your hat as a sign of respect.
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Old 08-09-10, 09:44 PM   #7
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thanks for the replies guys! My dad thought I should go get stitches in the toe, so I did! lol Feels better now though that's it sealed up.. thank god.
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Old 08-09-10, 09:52 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about your toe but at least you got to see him when he jumped.
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Old 08-09-10, 11:12 PM   #9
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great story boss. thaks man, hope your toe heals soon.
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Old 08-10-10, 11:40 AM   #10
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That musta been some fish Boss! Hope your toe heals soon!
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Old 08-11-10, 02:52 AM   #11
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haha i enjoyed that story but i never back braid
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Old 08-11-10, 05:51 PM   #12
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Glad you got the toe taken care of. Now get your butt back out there with an outfit that will handle that gar and catch it. I want to see the pics of that bad boy!!!
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Old 08-12-10, 12:02 PM   #13
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You should of just cut your toe off, would of turned a hell of a story to a epic one that noone could ever forget, glad you had fun tho.
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Sounds like you took a knife to a gun fight......next time bring out the big guns!!
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Old 08-12-10, 06:23 PM   #15
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Sounds like you took a knife to a gun fight......next time bring out the big guns!!
haha, yeah that's about right man. I didn't expect to hook into such a big gar in there. Next time I'm gonna bring 4000 Penn!
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