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Old 12-01-2018, 07:54 AM
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Good tuna fishing video where the captain instructs to gaff in the belly. I thought you should usually aim at the back of the head. Is it because the boat isn't moving in their case? Or not to ruin the meat? I don't think you would want to gaff a long, toothy fish in the belly.

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would not gaff belly on purpose
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:02 AM
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nope. nothing is worse then when someone on the boat gaffs a fish in the loin though . I feel like yelling "that's your peice!"lol
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Once the first two gaffs are firmly placed in the head, the third gaff may go into the belly simply because the first two gaffs are in the way of a third head shot.
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A bit ironic since on tuna the belly meat is some of the best meat. Also a belly shot would risk contaminating the meat moreso than a gaff shot somewhere else. Obviously getting the fish in the boat is paramount but I'd try to avoid a belly shot if possible.
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You want to get it in the eye.
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I'd rather have a fish gaffed in the belly then knicked or lost due to a poor gaff job.

I was on a tuna boat where they had lost 4 or 5 fish due to aggressive gaff men. When the big eye came up they handed me the gaff. I'm the smallest person on the boat. I hit the fish right in the belly. 185 on the deck and I was proud of it!!
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nope. nothing is worse then when someone on the boat gaffs a fish in the loin though . I feel like yelling "that's your peice!"lol
I prefer to use the GoPro footage of shitty gaff shots or missed dart shots as ransom for cocktails at the dock. You’d be surprised how many drinks you can get out of one deleted Instagram post.
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A fish on the deck is a perfect gaff shot
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A fish on the deck is a perfect gaff shot
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If your gaff is truly sharp, you won’t have to aim for the softest spot on the fish.
A good headshot will not require a second gaff, and the sashimi remains unblemished.
I like to stick and get the fishes head out of the water with one motion, gaffing in the belly may give him the opportunity to put his head down and run again, with you attached!
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I gaffed one in the belly.
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Originally Posted by HurricaneBK View Post
A bit ironic since on tuna the belly meat is some of the best meat. Also a belly shot would risk contaminating the meat moreso than a gaff shot somewhere else. Obviously getting the fish in the boat is paramount but I'd try to avoid a belly shot if possible.
Roger.

In sashimi-speak the belly is Toro.

Please don't mess up the toro - that would be a no-no.
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They don't bleed as much when you gaff them in the belly. Less blood on the boat means quicker clean up and more fishing. It's just one reason why charters catch a lot more than recs.
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Originally Posted by HurricaneBK View Post
A bit ironic since on tuna the belly meat is some of the best meat. Also a belly shot would risk contaminating the meat moreso than a gaff shot somewhere else. Obviously getting the fish in the boat is paramount but I'd try to avoid a belly shot if possible.
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If meat fishing/fun fishing head area. If tournament, just get the damn thing on the boat.
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No surprise I’ll go mostly against the grain here. For LARGE tuna I gaff in the throat-latch area bringing the gaff straight up from below. This gives me the advantage in getting the head pointed up and out of the water quickly. Nothing worse than a large tuna trying to sound on you while you have a gaff in them. It also aligns the gaff with the pointy end so it’s much easier to get them up over the gun’l. The throat-latch area can support the full weight of the fish whereas a gaff shot in the back can tear out on a 2+ tuna. There’s not any particularly tasty meat in the throat-latch and you won’t puncture any yucky stuff.

Since I do it for large ones I do it for smaller ones like in the video too. Keep it simple.
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Originally Posted by luna sea II View Post
They don't bleed as much when you gaff them in the belly. Less blood on the boat means quicker clean up and more fishing. It's just one reason why charters catch a lot more than recs.

LOL

Clean up doesn't start until the lines are back out. Plenty of time to hose down and brush once the lines are back out.
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