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I live on The Kankakee River and do a lot of spring / summer bowfishing. I give carp and buffalo away to people who want them, but keep every gar I'm lucky enough to whack. Cleaned properly and prepare like you would walleye, crappie, etc. and look out! Great table fare. Any other fans of gar meat? gar.jpg 

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No but I'll try almost anything!  No gar here in Colorado but I make occasional visits to FL and SC so I'll give it a try.  If it compares to walleye imI an easy sell. 😉
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Are all gar good ?
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Are all gar good ?


I was told it depends on the water it lives in and the temps of that water.

Tomano,  is that a spotted? it's been several years since I've been.

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Spotted long-nose. I've only had them out of local lakes and the Kankakee. They are tough to clean, so I put them in a vice, remove top fin and slice along backbone, taking out filet. I chunk them and fry them lightly breaded and seasoned. The eggs will make you sick, so avoid gutting and accidentally spilling sac. 

The meat is flaky, white and tender. 

Give it a try.

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Sounds like a winner.
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Spent a few years in the swamps of Louisiana. Those Cajuns will eat anything, including Aligatar Gar. A common way of preparation was to make”Gar Balls”. Basically they’d take a handful of fish, season the heck out of it, roll them in balls (like a big meatball), fry them in oil, and cover them in a sauce picant (tomato base). All that spice still couldn’t hide the swampy taste and mealy texture to me. Hey, at least I tried.
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I’ve eaten gar and it’s just fine. They are a PITA to clean though, and the bigger they get, the more of a PITA they are. I have used a circular saw to make the initial cut down the back of big alligator gar!!! I usually just fry it. I have found that if you overcook it at all, it will turn it into little breaded chewy super balls!!!!!

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Ldb....like crappie or like crapie ? 😁
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I have lived in Florida most of my 72 years and all the old timers claimed them to be garbage fish and not worth cleaning.

So I never tried, there are so many other things easier to clean and eat.

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I used to catch the bigger ones and eat them when I was younger. I have some arrowheads around somewhere I made from alligator ger scales. Theyre naturally sharp and can be sharpened to razor sharp with a stone.
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Like RonG, I always heard they were no good, so I have never tried them.
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I like them. I cut the head off with a hacksaw and cut down both sides with tin snips. Then just cut the backstraps out of them. I like the texture and flavor.
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