Went to my favorite garfish(todak/houndfish/needlefish) spot, aka 6pipe at east coast park straight after my final exam paper.

The i timed my arrival to 2hrs before the full high tide, that’s usually when the baitfish(tamban) come in schools.

The baitfish here are all juveniles, bite sized for garfish. They were abundant, occasionally i would bring a full string , 6 or 7, on the sabiki rig at a time.

Spotted the first gar at the full tide, luckily i was rigged up, threw my bait near the area and left my spool open. Within minutes it was snagged up by a greedy fish, i waited for the fish to swallow the bait before reeling it back. There is no need to set the hook on these guys, their mouth are long hard beaks with rows of teeth(don’t get bitten, sure to bleed). I left my drag a little loose on purpose, the fish made a few short runs and leaps out of the water, exhilarating, but it was all over within 30seconds. Subsequently we had multiple takes, but these gars are tricky fish, they intentionally bite onto the fish and make long runs and multiple leaps, and just when you thought you had them hooked, they release the baitfish. Quite frustrating, it kills the baitfish and you have to change to another live baitfish. Within 2hrs we ran out of bait, many suffocated in our small pail(we did our best by changing the water constantly, gave us rope burns), some died instantly after being hooked, and others got killed by gars. Then we were left with 1 dead bait on the end of the line, so i asked my friend to just cast anyway, see if there’s any desperate fish that take dead baits. While we were packing up and taking pictures, my friend noticed that there was very little line left on his spool, and his float was missing. He reeled in, he felt only a slight resistance, probably because he set his drag too high. It’s another gar, and it’s bigger than the one i caught!!! Brings our total bounty to 2. We packed up and left after that,  well worth the sunburn.

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