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Old 07-24-2018, 07:10 AM
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Is having multiple gaffs on board sufficient enough for catching sharks and tunas or is a harpoon the way to go?
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:12 AM
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Gaffs are fine, poon not allowed in some tournaments.

Harpoon is better for giants.
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:32 AM
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Ditto what Bryan said.

Tuna/Swordfish = Harpoon

Sharks = Flying Gaff

I prefer flyers for sharks. You really need to nail them in a good spot if you're using a poon. I've heard of darts pulling from the gills of sharks. Tuna, if you get a shot through the gill plates, there's a 90% chance that dart isn't pulling out.

You can use either for both. If you're going to use a poon on sharks, make sure you get a dart rigged with a 3-4' shot of cable.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:30 AM
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Get both, poon to the face and gaff to tail wrap and pull on board
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Unless I’m a tourney leave the flying gaff at home. Harpoon much safer. Don’t bother trying to take a big shark or tuna with a straight gaff.
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Poon is safer and more effective for anything to big for the strait gaff and all thing being equal the poon would get the job first. But all things are not equal and for sharking the flyer gets the job.
FWIW never ever ever strait gaff a shark. As a secondary or to grab the tail ok, but primary gaff for sharks is a big flyer.
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If you go with a harpoon make sure you practice tossing it before you try to use it on a real fish.
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Better off jabbing them with the harpoon than throwing it. That being said if you do need to hail mary it, aim over top of him, you toss it at him you'll go under every time, due to refraction of the image thru the water. Or is it vica versa? like I said easier to jab them, you don't have to think about such things while its hitting the fan...

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We always jab a harpoon at a shark. I have never thrown one.
I have Skurges Penetrator dart and it is very effective!!.
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Originally Posted by Sully853 View Post
Is having multiple gaffs on board sufficient enough for catching sharks and tunas or is a harpoon the way to go?
Always travel with 2 gaffs and 1 harpoon on board. Why not be ready???
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Originally Posted by cdux View Post
Better off jabbing them with the harpoon than throwing it. That being said if you do need to hail mary it, aim over top of him, you toss it at him you'll go under every time, due to refraction of the image thru the water. Or is it vica versa? like I said easier to jab them, you don't have to think about such things while its hitting the fan...
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Originally Posted by Reming870 View Post
We always jab a harpoon at a shark. I have never thrown one.
I have Skurges Penetrator dart and it is very effective!!.
lol jabbing a fish with a harpoon is like punching with your thumb in your fist.
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Originally Posted by swellhunter View Post
Always travel with 2 gaffs and 1 harpoon on board. Why not be ready???
Depending what you're fishing for that's almost not enough. We travel with:

2 - Tuna sized straight gaffs (I think these are 9" gaps)
1 - Smaller sized straight gaff for fish like mahi mahi or wahoo (6" gap)
1 - Harpoon with line and ball
3 - Rigged harpoon darts
1 - Flying gaff

The classic scenario with the harpoon is you get into a multiple bigeye bite. You have one fish darted, can't get the dart out and have another coming to the boat. That's when it's good to have another rigged dart or two handy.

To be fair, we mostly leave the flyer at home.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Depending what you're fishing for that's almost not enough. We travel with:

2 - Tuna sized straight gaffs (I think these are 9" gaps)
1 - Smaller sized straight gaff for fish like mahi mahi or wahoo (6" gap)
1 - Harpoon with line and ball
3 - Rigged harpoon darts
1 - Flying gaff

The classic scenario with the harpoon is you get into a multiple bigeye bite. You have one fish darted, can't get the dart out and have another coming to the boat. That's when it's good to have another rigged dart or two handy.

To be fair, we mostly leave the flyer at home.
9 inch gaps? 6 inch for mahi? Darting bigeye? Lol you probably shouldn't be giving advice.
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Originally Posted by DotRotten View Post
9 inch gaps? 6 inch for mahi? Darting bigeye? Lol you probably shouldn't be giving advice.
My mistake, we carry:

2 - 6' Aftco with 5" throats (tuna)
1 - 6' Aftco with 4" throat (mahi/wahoo)
1 - 8' one piece commercial harpoon
3 - bronze darts, rigged
1 - flyer with what i think is an 8" head

OP I can give you the Aftco part numbers if you like.

Exercise some tact chief.

And what's your question on darting bigeye pal? You're going to straight gaff a 200 lb fish?

Get your facts straight before you insult people. Don't be another internet blowhard. Consider changing your name to DotDouchebag



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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
My mistake, we carry:

2 - 6' Aftco with 5" throats (tuna)
1 - 6' Aftco with 4" throat (mahi/wahoo)
1 - 8' one piece commercial harpoon
3 - bronze darts, rigged
1 - flyer with what i think is an 8" head

OP I can give you the Aftco part numbers if you like.

Exercise some tact chief.

And what's your question on darting bigeye pal? You're going to straight gaff a 200 lb fish?

Get your facts straight before you insult people. Don't be another internet blowhard. Consider changing your name to DotDouchebag



yes I'm gonna straight gaff bigeye even stuck a few gbft as well. Since my comment was based on your original post which you stated to be incorrect how does that make me a DB. Cute pics btw.
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yes I'm gonna straight gaff bigeye even stuck a few gbft as well. Since my comment was based on your original post which you stated to be incorrect how does that make me a DB. Cute pics btw.
Make sure you keep spewing your mental retardation for others. Not only is your advice moronic, but dangerous.

OP please under no circumstance gaff a GBFT with a straight gaff. This is the flyer we use in the pic. I think it's 8"

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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Depending what you're fishing for that's almost not enough. We travel with:

2 - Tuna sized straight gaffs (I think these are 9" gaps)
1 - Smaller sized straight gaff for fish like mahi mahi or wahoo (6" gap)
1 - Harpoon with line and ball
3 - Rigged harpoon darts
1 - Flying gaff

The classic scenario with the harpoon is you get into a multiple bigeye bite. You have one fish darted, can't get the dart out and have another coming to the boat. That's when it's good to have another rigged dart or two handy.

To be fair, we mostly leave the flyer at home.
Ok bud. Classic THT. The dude just asked what's better and all I said is why not have both. Dissertation on end game preparation not necessary. Plenty of YouTube videos out there.

Yes we carry two 8' Cudas with 4" hooks, one 4 foot, one lip gaff, three tail ropes, one 10' Poon and multiple darts (only carry one poly ball and line in a bucket though b/c a fish should be tied off anyway before next one is thrown)

Usually don't have to dart bigeye and agree that most can be gaffed - always depends on size but seems that the 180# range and up best to dart and under that gaff all day. Bluefin up to 65" no problem straight gaffing - just have two gaffs. Harpoons are much more significant on spinning gear when an angler is freestyle on a stud and it's hard to control the fish. Anything bigger just dart. I suppose flying gaffs are good for sharks but I wouldn't know - never fished for them - bad karma as a surfer.

And here is a video on my site showing how to have multiple darts ready developed years ago by a commercial long liner since you mentioned having multiple darts rigged to the OP but give no advice on how to do that so I'll help him out okay. Scroll to 3:45 where Capt. shows the quick rig.

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Also those of you talking about straight gaffing bigger fish. If you watch us in this video (only about a 170# bluefin) this is how you do it and there was zero need to harpoon it. Positioning is key. Angler, lead gaff, trailing gaff. Get the fish pinwheeling and start to bring him up. Boat always in and out of gear to control position and keep pressure on the fish. If you watch the video the lead gaff always goes over the fish and pulls toward the boat and the second gaff goes under the fish. This way both gaffs are opposed to each other in the fish. Option two is if you get the lead gaff and pull the head to the gunnel you can get the second gaff in the other side and have more control but both work.

Also - sorry but this was our first canyon trip of the 2018 season and first fish in about 10 minutes so that's why we were so stoked.



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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Make sure you keep spewing your mental retardation for others. Not only is your advice moronic, but dangerous.

OP please under no circumstance gaff a GBFT with a straight gaff. This is the flyer we use in the pic. I think it's 8"

jeezs you're mightily thin skinned. Never posted personal insults but you continue. Straight gaffing bigeye is a common practice. I'm for hire for a G a day if you want to learn.
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