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Old 01-11-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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How long should the line be on a flying gaff? Also what diameter line is normally used?
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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I have 25' of 5/8 line - but I tie it off to about 8' to 10' when sticking a fish -
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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Skip, as said above 25 feet is plenty on most all species ,Just be careful if you are fishing in IGFA Tournaments or seeking records there is a max length of 30 feet on a flyer
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Thanks guys. Does it need to be that heavy of line? Would 3/8 or 1/2 work. Do you use normal 3 strand nylon anchor line or something more friendly to the hands.
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I like half inch nylon line, and I install a three foot cable between the head and the line, in case they decide to "chew on it". I use one of the heavy duty cables they sell in marine stores for anchors, their quater inch steel cable, more than enough. I keep the line as short as possible, if you stick a fish, and he's still got life in him (you learn quickly, stick them when their tierd, not green), they take off. If they have a lot of line, and they suddenly come to life after you stick them, and they take off, they can build up a good head of steam with a lot of rope, ripping the gaff out of them in the process when it suddenly comes tight. No one wants to loose that big Mako that you fought all the way to the boat and gaffed, only to see him rip the gaff out when you thought it was "game over". And with extra line on deck, your just looking for trouble, someone can get caught up in it. We use two gaffs, one guy on one side of the cockpit and one on the other, this way a single gaff man isn't running all over the cockpit. And if one misses, and say the head pops off, the other just steps in. You should be wearing gloves, the line won't bother you with them on. And you can always grab the leader if you've already got gloves on, if you have to.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
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How big of a flying gaff are you thinking about? I have a small 5" that fits into my harpoon handle that I attach the harpoon cable to with a small SS shackle - 25' of 3/8" nylon braided rope 2800# ... anything that breaks that on a 23' boat I don't want to mess with.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:34 PM   #7
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If you harpoon a fish and don't hit vital organs it can be a real job to bring it in.

Rope smaller than 1/2 inch should be avoided

The pro's on the tuna boats fighting giants (Prince Edward Island) us 5/8 and 3/4 in rope

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Old 01-12-2009, 05:12 AM   #8
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Rope length is more a function of how far you need to reach - you don't want it longer than you need - put the rope on the stern cleat, then go to the opposite side of the boat toward the front of the cockpit and reach out with the gaff, then add 2', and that is all the line you want. On my boat that works out to 20'. I use 5/8" 3-strand - each of my three gaff heads has a different color line on it. Thicker rope is easier to grip and control the fish. How you connect it to the gaff head is another issue - some use shackles, while others splice it directly to the gaff head - imo, I don't think it matters.
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The hardest part is getting a big enough fish to warrent using a gaff



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Agreed on everyone who said to make the rope no longer than you can reach.
If the rope is too long, and the fish takes off, gaining momentum, it can rip the flyer hook out!
That can be really dangerous to have a flying gaff hook coming back at you at warp speed!
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That can be really dangerous to have a flying gaff hook coming back at you at warp speed!
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