April 19, 2010 at 10:16pm
If you have a flatboat, then IMO you're best bet at shooting a large gar at manchac is launching at the manchac launch, going under the interstate, and instead of going left down the main canal towards maurepas, just continue strait across and follow the curve to the right, and start looking for the opening on the left that will bring you out to the lake. Once you get to the point where it opens up into the lake, stay to the left and follow the shoreline. Go down until you see a dead cypress tree that's just a few feet from the water line. It sort of stands out since theres nothing else around it. You dont need a generator or anything like that. Just two bright spotlights will do the job. I have shot LOTS of fish in that area. Big catfish, and Big carp! The carp are really fun to shoot because they fight hard. Anyway, You can start there, and work your way down the shoreline until you get to the point that you have to go left *back towards the bridge*. After that point, I have seen almost no fish.
There are two major issues that will determine whether you have a good night, or a horrible night. One is the water clarity. If the water is muddy, you might as well head back to the lauch. And the other is WIND! If it's windy, don't even attempt to bowfish in that area. You will spend more time rocking the boat off of stumps, banging into stumps with the trolling motor, and fighting the wind with the trolling motor than you will bowfishing. It's NO FUN! TRUST ME
Now if you do get out there and the water is clear, but the wind is blowing too strong to fish that area, you can go back and bowfish the main canal going towards lake maurepas. I've had the best luck fishing the right side. I have never seen any large gar in the canal, but you will see lots of catfish and a few nice carp. Lots of gar, but mostly runts that aren't worth shooting at.
One very important tip- DONT USE THE ARROW TIPS THAT COME ON THE FISHING ARROWS. Stick one of those deep into a stump or root bed, and you're going to be there ten minutes just trying to get your arrow back. And they are a real pain to remove from the fish too.
Get Muzzy Stingray Arrow Tips. They cost between $15-$18, but they will prove to be well worth the money. Especially when you miss and get stuck in a root bed or bury the arrow in an old rotten log. You simply twist the arrow counter clockwise, and the blades fold foward allowing you to pull the arrow out with no trouble.
GOOD LUCK! I'm about to head out there not so I will update tomorrow.