Using a net to bring a fish on board can result in messy tangles, especially when a hook gets lodged in your net. When fishing with lures that have treble hooks, this is almost guaranteed. Fortunately, all of this can be avoided by using a gaff.
This is the perfect size gaff for smaller boats because you don’t need a long gaff to reach into the water. It has hyperlon handles for a comfortable grip, and to ensure the gaff doesn’t slip out of your hands when a big fish is flapping around in the water.
The survival rate of a fish that has been gaffed, once it has been returned to the water, will be considerably lower compared to using a net, lip grips or lifting the fish in by hand. So you should only use a gaff is you are planning on keeping the fish for dinner.
When using the gaff, aim for the shoulder of the fish towards its head, so you can control the fish and preserve the eating quality of the fillets.
There is no place to compromise when using a gaff because there is so much at stake. Not only could you injure yourself using a poor quality gaff, but it could be the reason you lose the fish of a lifetime. The JW Aluminium Gaff has a high quality stainless steel hook that is super-tough, so you can trust this product to get the job done.