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Since I moved to NC I have caught several. Each has been an incidental catch but they fight extremely hard. The ones I caught bit spinners, cranks and bucktail jigs. I have intentionally tried to catch them but no luck so far.
I often see them early mornings and near the surface. For their size they make little surface commotion when they come to the top.

To target them I used a rope lure. You can google it. Essentially it’s a rope that is unbraided and frayed and tied to your rod. Apparently if a gar takes the lure the rope gets entangled in its teeth and they can’t break free. So far I have failed with the rope lure.

As far as location I’m of no help. My guess is if your water has them you will see them.

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