Aftco Taper Tip Flying Gaff 5"
TAPER-TIP FLYING GAFFS With Breakaway Hook For
Gaffing Powerful Fish!
The slim, tapered tips of AFTCO’s Taper-Tip Flying Gaffs slice through water faster and with greater accuracy to minimize the problems of gaffing powerful fish. Like our Taper-Tip Aluminium Gaffs, the shafts of our Flying Gaffs are "swaged" for uniform strength from end to end, thereby eliminating unnecessary weight. The hook seats in a tough plastic insert fitted into the gaff tip, and is held in place by a length of 20-lb. test line tied to a steel post affixed to the shaft. When a fish is gaffed, this line snaps, providing a clean and immediate release.
A machined aluminum gimbal at the butt of the shaft secures the attachment rope; and along with the plastic insert in the tip, prevents water from seeping into the shaft. If dropped overboard, the gaff will float!
Shafts are 6 feet long, with 1-3/8 inch butt diameters fitted with two black non-slip grips, and anodized with a rich Gold or lustrous Black finish for beauty and resistance to corrosion.
The barbed hooks are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and will not straighten out in use. The triangular points give better penetration and are easy to sharpen. Available in 5, 6, 8 and 10-inch sizes. All four fit in the same shaft.
AFTCO Flying Gaffs should be rigged with soft, 5/8” diameter, 3-strand nylon rope spliced directly to the hook eye. IGFA allows a maximum combined length of 25 feet of total rope and hook, but for most boats, the rope should only be as long as the farthest distance a crew member can reach with the gaff from its point of attachment to the boat. Flying gaff hooks should be tied in to the stainless attaching post on the aluminum handle using a single turn of 20 or 30-lb line. The nylon rope should be stretched tight and passed around the end of the handle, through the gimbal, and back up past the second handle grip, where it can be secured with a couple of wraps of 1” masking tape. The rope should be gripped to the handles by the gaffer, and released as soon as the gaff hook is planted into the fish
and breaks loose from the handle.
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