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Old 06-30-2014, 05:31 AM
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I want to buy another gaff. I currently have a 4' length, 4" hook size gaff. I will be using the new gaff for Tuna, Mahi and possibly Wahoo. Should I get a 6' with a 3" hook?
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6' with 3" hook is my go to all purpose. It does a great job.
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I use a pick gaff for more than 90% of fish that come over the side. They are made of lightweight fiberglass with a 2" hook. These gaffs can handle fish 50+ but the key is to lift straight up.

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I like the pick gaff, I have a bamboo one that was really cheap looks like it has a 2 1/2" hook on it. I have stuck tunas and wahoos up to 60lbs on this gaff. Key is definately lift straight up, and if you think the fish might be too big, stick another gaff in him! I lost an 80lb wahoo on the gaff because i didn't let my buddy stick him with a second gaff.
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
6' with 3" hook is my go to all purpose. It does a great job.
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6ft, with a 3/8" 3 inch hook. The 3/8" diameter hook is much less likely to get bent on a large wahoo, mahi, or YFT. The next step for big fish would be the same 6ft, 3/8" diameter 4" hook.
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I use a 3" 6' most of the time. I also carry a 4" 6' which I bought many years ago, but seldom use. They are both Aftcos and have taken some pretty big fish
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Yea, I carry the same two Aftco's, and I too seldom use the 4" - unfortunately.
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8' 3" is what we use most. 6' 3" is on board too. A 12' or so may be in the near future as there are times it's needed
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Originally Posted by Nomad 25 View Post
I use a pick gaff for more than 90% of fish that come over the side. They are made of lightweight fiberglass with a 2" hook. These gaffs can handle fish 50+ but the key is to lift straight up.

BINGO, same here. Just had two new gaffs made, one is a 6' fiberglass pick gaff with a 2" Winthrop SS gaff hook that handles the vast majority of what we kill. The other is a 6' aluminum shaft for heavier duty with a 3" Winthrop SS gaff hook. Both are strong as hell.

As short gaff just handicaps you and you will lose fish because you couldn't "reach out and touch someone" the moment the opportunity presented itself.

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