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Old 11-27-2018, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post


I carry five gaffs and a meat hook for that range of fish.

Can’t go wrong with the Winthrop hook in my book. There’s a recent thread about making your own of parts from mudhole.com. Some very nice gaffs posted up on that thread.

Generally we are always fishing heavy gear, so anything under 10 lbs just gets lifted aboard. So, generally one gaff can work for all, but I do prefer a 3" hook for the smaller fish, and 4" for larger.
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Old 11-27-2018, 05:31 AM
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So let me get this straight - you are complaining because cheap gaffs tend to have hooks straighten or shafts bend?

I think I found your problem. Gaffs are one of the things you absolutely get what you pay for. Marsh Tacky doesn't offer a 4 footer on their web site (I personally don't understand the appeal of a 4 foot gaff, but to each their own) so call or email Wes and see if he will make you one, then you won't have to worry about it ever again. Instead of buying a new <$100 gaff every time one bends. It will be cheaper in the long run.

And for gosh sakes don't use a little gaff like that on a 500 pound marlin. Invest in a flying gaff if you want to boat one.
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So let me get this straight - you are complaining because cheap gaffs tend to have hooks straighten or shafts bend?

I think I found your problem. Gaffs are one of the things you absolutely get what you pay for. Marsh Tacky doesn't offer a 4 footer on their web site (I personally don't understand the appeal of a 4 foot gaff, but to each their own) so call or email Wes and see if he will make you one, then you won't have to worry about it ever again. Instead of buying a new <$100 gaff every time one bends. It will be cheaper in the long run.

And for gosh sakes don't use a little gaff like that on a 500 pound marlin. Invest in a flying gaff if you want to boat one.
So, a bit more background, I am in Barbados, and this is commercial fishing for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, marlin, etc...
I am considering trying a 6' gaff, but a 4' gaff is simply easier to control as you have the leader in one hand and are gaffing with the other, when fishing alone. The rod stays in the rod holder (think wicked tuna).
Most locals buy a gaff hook, and cut a stick in the woods, and make their own gaff, and most local longliners have these "cheap gaffs" for boating large marlin and tuna. I just prefer something slightly lighter and don't mind paying a bit more for it.

I have looked at flying gaffs, but the cost and the storage is a bit problematic. We don't see enough large marlin to make it worthwhile.

So, yes, I am quite willing to pay for a quality hook, but I am quite fine with it going in a cheaper shaft. I have never had a real issue with a shaft, just the hook bending.

The other thing, being in Barbados, $1 US = $2 Barbados, so everything I buy from the US is twice as expensive for me, so that has to be part of the decision too. Thanks for the input though!
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:04 AM
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I'm looking at Pinnacle Marine and the Connley gaffs, but I believe they might be fibreglass. I'm not sure that would be as strong as aluminum or carbon fibre.....don't these gaffs break with large fish? just wondering what peoples experiences are with them...
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:17 AM
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umm...thx.. :-P

I did do a fair bit of searching, but can't bring myself to spend $200 on a gaff either.

Might end up going back with an Aftco gaff, even though it was one of their which opened up on me. Maybe I will have to go with the 5" hook model which has a thicker steel.
Been using aftco gaffs for years. Never had one open. I bent a 2" aftco on a 200 lb fish once. If you had a 3" aftco hook bend on a 40lb dolphin I would be calling aftco. They will make it right.
I have a 3" aftco on one of the 6ft brown fiberglass poles. Couple of weeks ago I gaffed a very green 60 lb cobia. No problem at all.
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Have you checked the gaffs at miraclegaffs.com yet?
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Have you checked the gaffs at miraclegaffs.com yet?
good one. you did get me... :-)
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Originally Posted by gcmarshall View Post
Most locals buy a gaff hook, and cut a stick in the woods, and make their own gaff, and most local longliners have these "cheap gaffs" for boating large marlin and tuna. I just prefer something slightly lighter and don't mind paying a bit more for it.
Buy a Winthrop hook and make your own then.
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post
I had followed this thead when it came out, but I am in Barbados and don't have easy access to the blanks.

Our custom gaffs involve going to cut a stick from the forest, and using that. It is very literally, a stick, with a hook on the end. They do work, but aren't the prettiest. Every one is unique though! lol!
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More times than not to bend a gaff it is from lifting fish in such a way to leverage the hook. In other words a bad shot and the weight of the fish is more on the point of the gaff not at the bottom of the bend.

I have never straightened a gaff by lifting straight up. Been using aftco gaffs for 40 years.

I also believe the proper gaffs for fish under 100 lbs are not going to be suitable for sticking a 500 lb Marlin.

Fishing alone I would tether the gaff and cleat it off. If it gets away from you it may cost you the fish but not the gaff.
Stuck many a green cobia with the Aftco and if they can't bend one most other fish aren't going to.

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Winthrop will bend on heavier fish. marsh tacky uses his own hook made from completely different materials and has been battered and tested and refined to withstand anything thrown at it. Pricey but it's completely made in the USA from the ground up. Honestly anything in your price range is going to fail at some point sooner or later
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Originally Posted by gcmarshall View Post
yup. In terms of prices, they are decent. The larger ones like which I would use don't float though.
By larger, do you mean wider hook throat?

If you are looking for a four (4) foot long gaff, AFTCO makes several varieties that will float. See link below. The model numbers listed in black are the models that will float (red does not). You have to pay close attention to the model number because it describes the gaff exactly. Both the gold and black anodized models in 4 feet float. A 354 model should float and has a 3 inch hook throat.
https://aftco.com/collections/fishin...aluminum-gaffs

If you are looking for longer gaffs, AFTCO makes 6'-8' fiberglass gaffs that will float - https://aftco.com/collections/fishin...-fishing-gaffs
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A piece of Calcutta bamboo and a mustad gaff hook. Lands more fish than every gaff on the planet. They are light and float as well. If you want something more sporty- then I'd get a custom job with a Winthrop hook. Aftco gaffs are not my favorite.
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Originally Posted by wamc0206 View Post
Winthrop will bend on heavier fish. marsh tacky uses his own hook made from completely different materials and has been battered and tested and refined to withstand anything thrown at it. Pricey but it's completely made in the USA from the ground up. Honestly anything in your price range is going to fail at some point sooner or later
Thanks. Didn't realize Winthrop can bend too.
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Originally Posted by Southern_Fish View Post
By larger, do you mean wider hook throat?

If you are looking for a four (4) foot long gaff, AFTCO makes several varieties that will float. See link below. The model numbers listed in black are the models that will float (red does not). You have to pay close attention to the model number because it describes the gaff exactly. Both the gold and black anodized models in 4 feet float. A 354 model should float and has a 3 inch hook throat.
https://aftco.com/collections/fishin...aluminum-gaffs

If you are looking for longer gaffs, AFTCO makes 6'-8' fiberglass gaffs that will float - https://aftco.com/collections/fishin...-fishing-gaffs
Thanks. I had looked at Aftco's table before, and the gaffs I would have chosen in the 4" size don't float unfortunately. They are nice looking gaffs though.
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Originally Posted by hamma job View Post
A piece of Calcutta bamboo and a mustad gaff hook. Lands more fish than every gaff on the planet. They are light and float as well. If you want something more sporty- then I'd get a custom job with a Winthrop hook. Aftco gaffs are not my favorite.
Well, we don't have great bamboo here, but yea, a stick with a mustad gaff hook is standard here too. Doubt it costs $20. And lands big fish.
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Originally Posted by wamc0206 View Post
Winthrop will bend on heavier fish. marsh tacky uses his own hook made from completely different materials and has been battered and tested and refined to withstand anything thrown at it. Pricey but it's completely made in the USA from the ground up. Honestly anything in your price range is going to fail at some point sooner or later
Do you have any pictures of a bent Winthrop gaff hook by chance?
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Originally Posted by MattyMMA02 View Post
Do you have any pictures of a bent Winthrop gaff hook by chance?
I personally do not, but have seen them. I will see if I can get a pic for you
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