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Old 11-26-2018, 11:02 AM
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I'm having a hard time finding a reliable gaff which can be used for anything from 10 lb dolphin and wahoo to 150 lb tuna, to 500 lb marlin. I typically use a 4 foot gaff with a 3" or 4" hook, however, I find the 3" hooks tend to be made with a thinner gauge steel which straightens. I nearly lost a 40lb dolphin on Saturday to a new 3" gaff whose hook straightened.

Ideally I would also like it to float, especially if it is a more expensive gaff. I like the look of the winthrop hook and carbon fibre gaffs, but really I just want a decent gaff that won't straighten. The tigress 4" ones worked well, but they don't seem to make them any more.

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I saw a post from a THT'er that you need to do a search on Amazon for "gaff".
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Billfish Republic custom gaff
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ReelPlumber View Post
I saw a post from a THT'er that you need to do a search on Amazon for "gaff".
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.

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Old 11-26-2018, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by danmanswag View Post
Billfish Republic custom gaff
beautiful, but don't want to mortgage the house!

It's hard to find a 4' gaff with a meaty hook. When you are fishing alone, a shorter gaff makes it easier to land the tuna or marlin, since it is easier to control.
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AFTCO gaffs hands down. They are pretty reasonably priced and AFTCO only makes great products. Have never had an issue with them and I've been fishing with them for years. They have a variety of different models & sizes with a variety of materials, some of which (if not all) float.
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Donít think Iíd want to gaff a marlin fishing alone
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Originally Posted by Southern_Fish View Post
AFTCO gaffs hands down. They are pretty reasonably priced and AFTCO only makes great products. Have never had an issue with them and I've been fishing with them for years. They have a variety of different models & sizes with a variety of materials, some of which (if not all) float.
yup. In terms of prices, they are decent. The larger ones like which I would use don't float though.
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Originally Posted by 85okhai View Post
Donít think Iíd want to gaff a marlin fishing alone
I tend to agree. I'm in Barbados, and I have someone who commercially fishes my boat, and I go out on weekends. He landed a 500 lb blue marlin last year single-handedly. Took him 7 hours.
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The Winthrop hooks are great. I like them a lot and havenít heard of one failing like the other standards gaffs hooks you may have been using.
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Originally Posted by Rapchizzle View Post
The Winthrop hooks are great. I like them a lot and havenít heard of one failing like the other standards gaffs hooks you may have been using.
If I could only find them in a $100 gaff.

The other option would be to buy the hooks and make my own - but it might not be too pretty!
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connley fishing makes nice gaffs, they having a black friday special in the commercial sellers section.

you can buy the stock hook or order the winthrop for a premium
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Originally Posted by nhartt88 View Post
connley fishing makes nice gaffs, they having a black friday special in the commercial sellers section.

you can buy the stock hook or order the winthrop for a premium

and they float - Black friday 2018 - connley fishing sale
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Thanks.

wonder what gaff hooks he uses. The gaffs seem very reasonable. Prefer the 4 ft gaff but nervous about if the 3 inch hook will bend like the aftco ones.
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Originally Posted by gcmarshall View Post
Thanks.

wonder what gaff hooks he uses. The gaffs seem very reasonable. Prefer the 4 ft gaff but nervous about if the 3 inch hook will bend like the aftco ones.
email him. Heís a nice guy.
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Marsh Tacky Carbon makes some really nice gaffs as well we use them and havenít had any issues. Plus they float if someone drops it...donít ask how I know.
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Originally Posted by gcmarshall View Post
Hi all,

I'm having a hard time finding a reliable gaff which can be used for anything from 10 lb dolphin and wahoo to 150 lb tuna, to 500 lb marlin. Any suggestions?
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.

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Thanks guys.

I will check out the Connley stuff, as it looks pretty good, as well as the Pinnacle Marine.

Skurge of the Seas looks nice, but also pricey. Marsh Tacky is awesome, but not affordable for me.
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