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Old 05-07-2002, 09:56 PM
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I need to pick up a gaff for tuna in the 50 - 80lb range, and can't decide if I should get a 4" or 5" hook.
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Old 05-07-2002, 09:59 PM
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I think you'd like the long one better. That's a good sized rig you have there, and the longer stick gives you more options and reach.

This from a guy who has never hoisted a tuna in his life.

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night...

Seriously, I see the advantage of the shorter one as easier to stow. You've got lots of room, enough for a spare, which I'd say is good advice as well..

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Old 05-07-2002, 10:04 PM
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Thanks for the reply Mark, but I'm trying to decide on the HOOK SIZE not the length of the gaff.

quote:Originally posted by MarkA:
I think you'd like the long one better. That's a good sized rig you have there, and the longer stick gives you more options and reach.

This from a guy who has never hoisted a tuna in his life.

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night...

Seriously, I see the advantage of the shorter one as easier to stow. You've got lots of room, enough for a spare, which I'd say is good advice as well..

Good luck! Mark.
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Oh boy, who's the Goose? Me!

OK, any real tuna fisherman can stand up now..

Bueller, anyone?
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:31 PM
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a 6' gaff with a 4" hook is perfect for those size tuna...we gaff everything from 30#ers to 200# ers with 4" hooks with absolutely no problem...but its always a good idea to have two. When we get a fish over 100 one person will stick it with one gaff and the other will follow with another gaff...much easier than messing with fly gaffs. And there is always a chance the the tuna will knock the gaff out of the persons hand, or someone will drop it over. In i don't know how many years of tuna fishing we only lost one gaff, but we got it back...my buddy stuck the fish, but the gaff slipped out of his hands...the tuna took off on another run, and when we got him to the boat again...holy S! the hook was still in him, just grabbed the handle and whipped him over the side!
Aftco is always a good brand, but last summer i started using a brand called TOP SHOT...made in AUS. They have a unique hook design that effortlessly locks into the fish..no matter how you angle this hook it will stick good. they are a bit more expensive, but www.billfishtakclesupply.com
has the best prices i have seen. Woth a try, i definately reccomend them.
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For 50-100# tuna I'd go with the 4" hook on a 6' length. Fish over 100#'s go with the 5" hook. I like the Aftco gaffs, but the Top Shot's are nice too, double the price of Aftco though.
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JetMech,

I would agree with the 4" width. Chances are that you will need this size much more often than the 5" (not ribbin' ya! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]); and the 4" is going 'more usable' on the bigger fish than the 5" on the smaller ones. In the end, they are quite interchangeable, and either one will the job on just about any fish. For me, the smaller width is a bit easier to manuever for set.

Do carry at least 2 gaffs, one premium model, and then a cheaper one(s) for backup and assistance. Lose your only gaff and the remainder of the fishing day(s) can lose its luster, especially if you don't have a transom door. Just one guys veiw.

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Old 05-08-2002, 07:41 PM
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Jetmech88 ,
With that nice rig , Looks almost like mine . If I were you I would pickup a few gaffs , You never know when one could get pulled or fall over the side, or bent . Seen It happen before with a nice fish and no gaff could ruin your day .

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We carry three, two 4'ers with 3" hooks and one 6' with a 4" hook. I have not seen a need to go bigger than a 4" hook.

I picked up two Pompanette gaffs. They float! I have heard that Aftcos sink. Twice I have had a gaff go overboard. We boated the fish and then retreived the gaff.

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Old 05-20-2002, 01:41 AM
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Just picked up a fly gaff head on ebay $40.00 with shipping. It is a 9" gap with 5/8" shank. Stainless by Pompanette. Made my own 6' pole and 20' of 1/2" line. A $300 setup for $40. Probably more than you need but handy for a really big one! Should be able to get 6" fly heads for a fair price on ebay too!
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Old 05-23-2002, 09:20 PM
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I'd go with the 4". That should be plenty. I have gaffed some pretty big tunas with the 4" hook. Tight Lines

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Old 05-24-2002, 04:36 PM
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I carry two gaffs a 3 ft 2inch which is great on fish up to 30 lbs and is easy to use if you need to gaff your own fish. I also carry a 6ft 4 inch which I have never found to be to small both are Aftco's they are really good.Nice boat I have a 23 Parker WA with a 225 Yamaha. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Old 05-27-2002, 07:48 AM
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The question should not be how big the hook is 4 or 5 in (does not matter) The real queastion is how long? longer the better. Remember the the motto of the johnson gaff company. "You'll Gaff More Tuna with a Big JOHNSON!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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I lost a couple of nice gaff's, then i drilled a hole in the aluminium shaft used some spray foam with a long piece of clear aquarium hose. I ran the hose into the hole of the handle all the way to the bottom and started spraying the foam, pulling the hose out while spraying. Let it dry trimmed off the excess and slid a handle from an old dirt bike I had laying around. The next time someone tried to gaff a fish and dropped the gaff it floated. Good luck all. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]

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Ahoy Jetmech,
I have corresponded with you on several occasions.I run out of Mispillion Inlet on the Delaware Bay. I'll be heading out to the Hotdog this season and it would be nice to have some company. Naturally with a 24 Grady I still have to pick my days but perhaps we can hook up for a run. I think I remembered that you are near my area (Cape May?). For me it is a 3 1/2 hour trip one way and 80Nmi. I have to run 1/2 hr in my river to reach the bay then to Henlopen and follow the bouy line. I'll be looking for your Parker!
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I prefer a 5" hook for tuna in the 50-80 lb range. I used to just bring a 4" aftco but I've bent both the hook and the handle. The 5" aftco gaff is made much heavier and holds up better. I now carry 2 5" gaffs and the 4" on tuna trips, and a bigger flying gaff for sharks. I think the 4" hook got bent when a new crewmember put it in a big shark we already had a flying gaff in, so that probably wouldn't have happened normally, but I still prefer the 5".
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capttangles,
Your idea of buddying up for the run to the dog, is a great one. (I hope you start early [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] )

Yes Capt I am out of Cape May. We did the dog several times last summer. About a 58 nm run from CM inlet. This is my first season with the Parker "Kelly Lyn". Last summer was on buddys boats. Personally I'm hoping them damn fish come a little further north this year. All my bud's (and me) have 25 footers and that run can be brutal some days. The year before we did really well on several trips the the Elephants trunk and 19 fathom lump, but last year as you probably know, there were 200 boats at the dog about everyday feeding them so why move <G>.
We'll see where they lay this year.
Teaming up for the run would be great. My email is in my profile, shoot me an email at your convenience and I'll have yours. When you plan a trip let me know and I'll do the same. I read on the SSTOL board that some tuna, dolphin and blue marlin were taken at the Washington canyon recently so it shouldn't be long. Do you subscribe to any surface temp services ??
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Ahoy Jetmech,
I have corresponded with you on several occasions.I run out of Mispillion Inlet on the Delaware Bay. I'll be heading out to the Hotdog this season and it would be nice to have some company. Naturally with a 24 Grady I still have to pick my days but perhaps we can hook up for a run. I think I remembered that you are near my area (Cape May?). For me it is a 3 1/2 hour trip one way and 80Nmi. I have to run 1/2 hr in my river to reach the bay then to Henlopen and follow the bouy line. I'll be looking for your Parker!

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Rocky,
filling the handle with foam is a GREAT idea.
I'm gonna do it too.
Hope I don't owe you any royalities [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

quote:Originally posted by Rocky:
I lost a couple of nice gaff's, then i drilled a hole in the aluminium shaft used some spray foam with a long piece of clear aquarium hose. I ran the hose into the hole of the handle all the way to the bottom and started spraying the foam, pulling the hose out while spraying. Let it dry trimmed off the excess and slid a handle from an old dirt bike I had laying around. The next time someone tried to gaff a fish and dropped the gaff it floated. Good luck all. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]

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