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Old 06-16-2020, 08:09 AM
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Default Gaff Recommendations: Fiberglass vs. Carbon Fiber

I was wondering if y'all could give your recommendations on gaff preferences: Fiberglass vs. Carbon Fiber. I have used the carbon fiber gaffs before (6', 8' models) so I am aware of their benefits: light weight, flexible, strong. The biggest issue for me right now is cost: they aren't cheap! I haven't used a fiberglass gaff before so I was hoping to get some feedback or a realistic comparison against carbon fiber. I was considering the AFTCO Tapered Fiberglass Gaff (6' model) with a 3" hook. At under $100 it seems like a good deal but I don't know how it measures up to others: weight, strength, flexibility, longevity, etc.

Thanks for all your help!!
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I’ve got a bunch of gaffs in lots of styles. 8’ carbon fiber with a 2” hook is my go to for 90% of fish in South Florida. Danco offers a good one that can be had for $170 or so.
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I built my own 8 ft with 2" Winthrop hook for less than $100. Check out mudhole for gaff blanks and hook.
For a grip I used an old HDMI cable with some shrink wrap.
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Have some Connley, both glass and fiber. They are well built and overall hold up better then ATFCO. On anything less then 8' see no need for fiber.

https://www.connleyfishing.com/shop/gaffs/
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[QUOTE=Jeepman;13760511]Have some Connley, both glass and fiber. They are well built and overall hold up better then ATFCO. On anything less then 8' see no need for fiber.

Jeepman, are the Connely gaffs fiberglass or aluminum?
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Originally Posted by Captain2Rods View Post

Jeepman, are the Connely gaffs fiberglass or aluminum?
The ones I have are Fiberglass and Carbon.
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Originally Posted by Santas Slay View Post
I built my own 8 ft with 2" Winthrop hook for less than $100. Check out mudhole for gaff blanks and hook.
For a grip I used an old HDMI cable with some shrink wrap.

If ordering from Mudhole i would caution against the MHX Talon Gaff Hooks - the hooks are really thick and do not come very sharp at all. I tried gaffing a big grouper and couldn't get the hook to penetrate the head except for the eye socket.
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Originally Posted by Captain2Rods View Post
I was wondering if y'all could give your recommendations on gaff preferences: Fiberglass vs. Carbon Fiber. I have used the carbon fiber gaffs before (6', 8' models) so I am aware of their benefits: light weight, flexible, strong. The biggest issue for me right now is cost: they aren't cheap! I haven't used a fiberglass gaff before so I was hoping to get some feedback or a realistic comparison against carbon fiber. I was considering the AFTCO Tapered Fiberglass Gaff (6' model) with a 3" hook. At under $100 it seems like a good deal but I don't know how it measures up to others: weight, strength, flexibility, longevity, etc.

Thanks for all your help!!
It depends on what size/type of fish you are gaffing. I have had fish snap both fiberglass and carbon fiber gaffs. They are lighter and feel better for sure but I would recommend a good aluminum AFTCO gaff as they are tried, true, and don't break! Oh...and get one of the models that float...just in case! Good luck!
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we use nothing but aftco gaffs-love them and typically carry 4 on offshore trips (different lengths and hook sizes) all aluminum and all floating-great value
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Originally Posted by Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge View Post
It depends on what size/type of fish you are gaffing. I have had fish snap both fiberglass and carbon fiber gaffs. They are lighter and feel better for sure but I would recommend a good aluminum AFTCO gaff as they are tried, true, and don't break! Oh...and get one of the models that float...just in case! Good luck!

They may not break but they will bend.
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Not sure about others experience but I like the weight of a 6ft aftco. A buddy’s boat had one for some time now and recently changed over to carbon. The carbon is freaking sexy as heck but it doesn’t have any head weigh and I think I’m much better with the heavier aluminum if that makes sense. Maybe because that’s what I know but the carbon just doesn’t have much head weight when you’ve got the leader in 1 hand and the gaff in the other. The aluminum seems to drop towards the fish and not get blown around with wind VS the sexy carbon one that’s the same length and hook size
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Default Aluminum tapered Aftco can not be conquered.

I was in the carbon fiber business long before most others, I tried to make a better straight Gaff then the Aftco Tapered Aluminum Gaff. It can not be done. Not on price. Not on Durability to weight. Not on function. I used to pick the brains of many many very good fisherman. Most all rely on the Aftco tapered straight gaff as their go to gaff for most all fishing. For large Bluefin Tuna Most all use a Harpoon. End of discussion. I am retired and fish many many days a year. I could build my self what most would consider the best of the best carbon fiber gaff. But it could not replace my Aluminum Tapered Straight Gaff sticking up in its dedicated holder in the coffin of my very custom CC with a carbon Fiber T Top with Carbon Fiber Tubes holding it all together.

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Depends upon your need for bling. Tough to beat Aftco . I see more and more carbon fiber, fiberglass and calcutta bamboo gaffs all the time. You can spend more money and get more bling but I see no need beyond coolness for 99% of anglers.
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I have a few marsh tacky Carbon gaffs. My go to ones for sure. 2” hook i use it for everything. It gets used and abused every day.
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Originally Posted by DotRotten View Post

They may not break but they will bend.
I hate it when that happens!!!!! LOL
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+1 on Aftco tapered aluminum gaffs.
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We have gaffed thousands of tuna and the AFTCO glass gaff has been perfect for us.

They are light and have just the right amount of flex.

They even float long enough that we have yet to lose one.

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Thank you all for the great feedback!! Y'all are awesome!!
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Originally Posted by hamma job View Post
Bamboo
^^this^^

It took me a while to see the light, Mustad hook on a piece of calcutta bamboo. As close to indestructible as a gaff can be.

I make my own for ~$40.00 each. It's just a tool to kill fish and make money...


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