Notices
Like Tree7Likes

Bamboo for a gaff shaft

Reply

Old 12-03-2018, 03:12 PM
  #21  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4,233
Default

Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Using copper in salt water seems less than ideal


Wrap them right.
N2theblue likes this.
DotRotten is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 03:22 PM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 3,061
Default

Turk's Head! Very nice.
DotRotten likes this.
Pez Vela is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 03:27 PM
  #23  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 6,577
Default

Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Using copper in salt water seems less than ideal
I have some 15 years old. The copper will outlast the handle. Develops a "patina".

Correction, the gaffs above are not Mustad. They are SS I found on the net. All my others are Mustad.
Gary999 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 04:28 PM
  #24  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Broward County, FL
Posts: 1,681
Default

I'm going to order the 1-1/8' size in 8' length.

Although depends on the shipping whether I go thru with it or not.
ychtcptn is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 04:39 PM
  #25  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4,233
Default

Originally Posted by Pez Vela View Post
Turk's Head! Very nice.
kudos to knowing the name.
Pez Vela likes this.

Last edited by DotRotten; 12-03-2018 at 04:53 PM.
DotRotten is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 04:51 PM
  #26  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Sienna Plantation, TX.
Posts: 1,637
Default

Originally Posted by ychtcptn View Post
I'm going to order the 1-1/8' size in 8' length.

Although depends on the shipping whether I go thru with it or not.
Please let us know how you do. I've contacted that guy several times and never got a response. That website looks like something out of the 90's.
popeyeiii is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 05:07 PM
  #27  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ocala
Posts: 2,296
Default

I have gotten some nice stock in the past from roadside tackle stores selling them for cane poles already dried and varnished. I’ve made gaffs and gigs from them and found them very durable. My favorite one was a 7 footer that was 1” at the but and 3/4” at the stinger. Everyone was always worried about it breaking but it never did until I left it in a rod holder on the top and pulled into the shed.... This has got me thinking of building another one.
kmoose is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 05:26 PM
  #28  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,739
Default

Go to Bridgemaster Tackle in Lake Wales on Rt 60. About 45 mins from you.
They have barrels of fiberglass blanks ( thousands) that you can pick up for a few bucks. I made long gaffs from surf blanks
Just pick the blank you like, length and stiffness. Pretty sure they have gaff hooks too.
54bullwinkle is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2018, 05:26 PM
  #29  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,739
Default

They have cane poles too
54bullwinkle is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2018, 01:21 PM
  #30  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Broward County, FL
Posts: 1,681
Default

They responded back today with an order follow up email, to call with CC or do paypal.

The order was $22 but the shipping was $32! They also said they need to cut them down to 7' 10" for shipping instead of the 8'

Going to see if I can find any local.
ychtcptn is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 08:28 AM
  #31  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 600
Default

Check out MORITA custom Gaffs...........they are out of California. I had one custom made for me, with my boat name on it....and it is super strong and light weight.

He also makes gaffs for some of the Wicked Tuna guys.....if it will hold a large bluefin, I don't think you'd have any problem with anything else, if it's made right.
Sea Snake is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 10:03 AM
  #32  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fort Pierce,FL
Posts: 4,278
Default

I use bamboo for my short two hook gaff. I NJ where I use to live a two hook gaff is the only way to go for crazy blue fish. I make mine with two shark hooks about 1 inch apart. I leave that barbs on. I use a couple stainless bolts through the eyes and a hose clamp around everything. I was just fishing the other day and a guy we had on board did a U-tube video. You can see him grab the gaff at 21:18.
barrell is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 10:43 AM
  #33  
HTJ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Baytown, TX
Posts: 8,917
Default

Originally Posted by doughnut View Post
You have to use the calcutta bamboo (actually rattan) as it is solid throughout. The hollow bamboo doesnt work well for large fish. I use them almost exclusively. They are very strong. Just drill the hole for the hook tang, epoxy it on, wrap with boat cord (called "dock cord or flatline cord as well) you can finish with flex coat, but i use spar varnish. Last a long time
To the last detail this is exactly how you are supposed to do it but...I have some he-mannish bamboo I cut from an investment property that has been drying in my shop for 18 months or so. I am straightening a piece now for a push pole on my lil skiff and intend to build a gaff or 3 as well. If anyone happens to be rolling thru Houston get in touch with me and I'll happily give you a piece. The majority of it is 1.25" or thereabouts on the big end.
HTJ is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 12:33 PM
  #34  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Key West
Posts: 11,109
Default

The Morita gaffs are sweet. Would love to have one.
But from my understanding, as someone else mentioned, you have to use the Calcutta bamboo.

coores14 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 03:11 PM
  #35  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 8,543
Default

Those are sexy
N2theblue is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 03:32 PM
  #36  
HTJ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Baytown, TX
Posts: 8,917
Default

Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
...you have to use the Calcutta bamboo.
If you want to drag 100# YFT or other bigguns over the side with some regularity then heck yes by all means. For more modest use - kings, mahi etc the stuff I have is beyond good. I'll post a pic when I get home.
HTJ is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 04:13 PM
  #37  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Sienna Plantation, TX.
Posts: 1,637
Default

Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
If anyone happens to be rolling thru Houston get in touch with me and I'll happily give you a piece.
I can get down on that.
popeyeiii is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2018, 07:57 PM
  #38  
HTJ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Baytown, TX
Posts: 8,917
Default

My to be or not to be push pole/stake out pin

I have several pieces and all are 10' - 15' long

HTJ is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2018, 05:49 AM
  #39  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Posts: 830
Default

I grow bamboo of different kinds in my yard. Sea Breeze, known as the "fishing pole" bamboo may be the best. Bamboo has to be cut then air dried for a good while before using but is very strong and won't easily rot.
SWF Pontoon Angler is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2018, 12:08 PM
  #40  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Alberta
Posts: 356
Default

Just got done fishing with Renegade Mike in Cabo. This is what he uses and he’s used to dealing with 200 pound yft
meritmat is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: