giant alligator gar has been on my mind for some time now. eversince i saw that infisherman episode a few years ago where doug stange landed 240 lber i was determined. so i set my sight on this species, not being greedy but just wanting a 100-150 lber. with 2 fairly unsuccesful trips last year my times sure to come...right?...well i hooked up with dave irving to try and get a biggun. we were in for 2 days of monster river fishing......well... started off by picking up dave irving from the airport in houston and we got our affairs in order. it took a little while getting him a texas license, i guess they dont trust englishmen. by the time we finished there my buzz had worn off so we decided to donate money to the young ladies of texas scholarship program. getting in later than i wanted (had to convince dave to put the whiskey down) we had an early morning head of us. woke up at 0400 with a major hangover to make the 1 and 1/2 hour ride to midway, tx. where we met the legendary alligator gar guide kirk kirkland. the trinity river was way up with a lot of debris and trash in it. we made a short run up river and started placing baits along the riverside. baits consided of carp and buffalo. if anyone is not familiar with the type of fishing we were doing, you can watch an episode of the next bite which shows in detail the bait, leaders, floats and bite alarm system he uses. high tech and simplicity at its best. after some time we had a major run, the alarm was going off and the float heading down stream. we ran across the river to get the rod. the trick to these fish is not to set the hook. you have to wait till hes done running with the bait and sit on the bottom to eat, once he turns around and heads back upstream u set the hook. well after 10 agonizing minutes of holding the rod and following the fish i set the hook! NOTHING but a chewed up bait. i was hearbroken to say the least. after a short time another rod goes off with the same result. shortly thereafter another alarm goes off. by this time we are not that excited from the other two teases. i set the hook and land this little guy. my smallest alligator gar ever dave is up next on the rod. another alarm sounds and he patiently waits for the fish to eat. once again the fish drops the bait. during the day to pass time a couple of light rods were set out for catfish to entertain the mind. dave was persistent and caught a few different species(which were all firsts for him, although not big by any standard for these species but a 1st is a 1st). blue cat, channel cat, gaspergoo-freshwater drum. even i got in on alittle action with this small flathead we ended the first day and headed back for some much needed rest. woke up in better condition for day 2. we were still hopefull for our century gar. we headed to a new location futher up river. after a 30 min river run we set baits out. just like day 1 we saw hundreds of very very large gar rolling and slapping the water. around the boat, the floats, up and down river, everywhere! like they were purposely teasing us. most of the day goes by without a single run. around 1500 we get a run. dave is up next to get his fish. after the fish turns up river he sets the hook and the short fight begins. a decent 35-40lber. http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/9206/dscf2097.jpg http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/9344/dscf2101.jpg http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1249/dsc01068ps1.jpg http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/783/dsc01048ps1.jpg after dave makes love to this fish he releases it by dropping it head first into the water. the gar gets his head stuck in the mud. looked like a redfish tailing in the shallows. some seriouly funny chit there. no more runs after that and we call it a day. although disappointed by not getting our monster we still had a good time. capt kirk is a very entertaining guide. im gald to have fished with you dave, we will get our 100 lber soon bro. i have 2 more gar trips scheduled this year, if i dont get one by then i am taking this species off my list!