Texas Alligator Gar

Alligator Gar Fishing Holiday Vacation in Texas

Trip Summary

Destination Trinity River and Lake Livingstone area of Texas
Country USA
Season April – end October
Trip Type Adventure fishing trip for Giant River Monsters!
Species Alligator Gar
Description Crazy fishing for giant prehistoric predators, which can reach well over 300lbs
Cost from USD $1,675 per angler
Duration 6 nights with 5 days fishing

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Trip Introduction

Fishing for Alligator Gars can only be described as ‘Crazy Fishing for Giant Prehistoric Predators’, which can reach well over 300lbs. The largest caught on one of our trips weighed in at an incredible 365lbs!

We are able to offer our anglers the chance to catch one of the most spectacular predatory fish species in the world. We manage to catch lots 100 lb plus fish each year; with fish over 200 lb being taken also each year. The season spans from April to the end October.

A typical day will see anglers leaving the lodge approximately one hour before daylight and be driven to the chosen fishing area, stopping along the way for gas/ice and something for breakfast. Anglers can also pick up lunch there, or it can be purchased the night before at the local grocery store, along with drinks (including beer) for the day. Fishing time is from sun-up until around 2pm, although extra hours can be added and charged for accordingly.

The Fishing

With approx. 500 miles of the Trinity River (the best river for trophy Alligator Gar) and the Lake Livingston area, anglers have an enormous region to catch these huge animals.

Anglers will fish with large bait runner reels spooled with 150 lb braid and with European bite alarms. Four alarms and rods are set up on the bank and then our anglers will sit in the shade and wait for a bite. Typically, each pool will be fished for about 1 hr and then the boat will move, repeating this until the day is up.

While waiting for Alligator Gars to take the baits, guests can fish for Catfish/Carp and Buffalo Carp and other smaller species from the boat. Often, anglers will have multiple hook-ups at the same time. This can be hilarious at times …..

As soon as a big fish is hooked and it has been lassoed and brought safely on board, a suitable area will be found to take pics. Alligator Gars are air breathing fish, so you can take much longer to take pics with absolutely NO harm to the fish.

The average weight of an Alligator Gar is between 50-120 lbs. Anglers often catch 2-3 Alligator Gar over 100lbs each day. *The boat record to date is seven Alligator Gar over 100 lbs in a single day.

The Accommodation

Our host provides a basic but comfortable lodge cabin, which sleeps four anglers.

The facilities at the cabin include Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, air conditioning, a full bathroom, coffee maker and satellite television.

Travel Plan

Day 1: TOUR STARTS – arrive at Bush Airport in Houston, Texas and transfer to the lodge cabin

Day 2 to 6: Guests will buy their fishing licenses on route to the river (not included and approx. USD $16 each day or USD $58 yearly) and five full days Alligator Gar fishing.

Day 7: transfer back to Bush Airport in Houston, Texas and onwards journey home – TOUR ENDS.

What Does it Cost?

DURATION 6 nights with 5 days fishing
COST from USD $1,675 per angler
OCCUPANCY Cost based on Double Occupancy
INCLUDED All bait, tackle, accommodation, all fishing.
NOT INCLUDED Any flights, hotel stays, fishing licenses, visas, breakfast, lunch or dinner (all available close to the cabin). Separate cost of $250 (based on two anglers) for return transfers Bush Airport Houston, Texas.

Daily Boat Rate: USD $670 per boat per day with two anglers (based on double occupancy).
Example: 6 nights and five days fishing would cost USD $3350 per boat per two anglers/per angler USD $1,675.
Fishing time: Sun-up till 14.00h. *Extra time can be added @ USD $110 @ hr per day.
Fishing Licenses: @ approx. USD $16 each day or USD $58 yearly.
Duration: Each tour can include less or more days as required, and the cost can be altered accordingly. The daily rate for the boat with two anglers is USD $670

N.B. While anglers can drink beer on the boat during the day, we request that they do not drink too much or be drunk. If this happens, then the angler(s) will be returned to the cabin for the rest of the day. Alcohol must be purchased the night before as Texas does not sell beer before 10.00am.

Through our travel agent partners we are able to secure excellent rates for all your international and domestic flights and travel insurance that are not included in our packages. Please ask for Details.


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