30lb mainline, sliding sinker, swivel, 2' 60lb mono leader, 7/0 circle sea hook. Bout a 2-3oz hunk of anything from the minnow family works great:goldfish, carp, koi, large shiners, buffalo. Really love buffalo strips!!! Large gizzard shad filets are also good. These baits are only for gator gar. For others like longnose, spotted, or Florida gar, use whole shiners from the bait shop (small bass or large crappie sized). To change it up, I'll put a bait under a bobber on occasion. Sometimes it works better...but not usually. I don't like a metal leader. Never had one cut 60lb mono. Seem to have sensitive gums n won't hang on to the metal leaders as well...but maybe I'm just paranoid. I had one over 8' heat up my penn309 once. That's impressive for freshwater fish in the US!
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