How To Make A Gaff: Everything You Need To Know

Fishing is one of the most common activities you can do in the outdoors, specifically in places where there are large, open bodies of water nearby, such as oceans, lakes and rivers. Apart from providing you a means to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, fishing provides you with an opportunity to exercise, as it involves a lot of boat manoeuvring and hook tagging. Moreover, while some people view fishing as a means of recreation, it could also be considered a source of livelihood and food as well.

Having said all of this, people do know that there are a lot of materials that you have to prepare whenever you go out fishing. This includes the waders you’d be slipping in, creatures to use as bait to catch fish, the boat you’d be using, as well as buckets to store your freshly caught fish. Out of all these materials, one of those that you have to put key consideration is the gaff, or the hook in which your fish get caught in. The effectiveness of your fish catching venture would greatly depend on it, and thus you ought to know how to make a gaff the right way.


What Do You Need In Making A Gaff?

Contrary to what other people might think, creating the best gaff for fishing is not at all difficult, and a great one could be made with the simplest and most basic materials, a lot of which could be found at home.

Before you begin making one, it’s important to keep in mind that there are several means in order for you to come up with a great gaff for fishing.

To be presented below are materials for the method that is most feasible to do at home, while providing the best gaff in terms of strength. For this method, here are the tools and materials you have to secure:

  • Gaff Hook
  • Stainless Screw
  • Nut Compatible with the Screw
  • Epoxy
  • Scotch or Packaging Tape
  • Extension Pole
  • High-Powered Driller
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1. Prepare The Extension Pole

Prepare The Extension Pole

Take the extension pole, and some packaging tape. Crumple some tape and lodge it at least three inches deep into the open end of the extension pole. This would also be the part where you would be inserting the gaff hook for later. This step is important as the adhesive properties of the scotch tape would help prevent the gaff hook from falling easily.

2. Drill A Hole Into The Pole

This step would ensure that your pole is one that is adjustable. Place the rear end of the gaff hook inside the slot of the extension pole.

Afterwards, measure 2 inches from the pole’s end and from there, make use of a high-powered driller to bear a hole into this part.

Make sure that the hole is just about the same size as the screw, and this could be checked by putting the drill bit and the screw side-by-side, making sure that it’s roughly the same size.

Drill a hole

3. Affix The Screw

Affix Screw

Fit the screw into the newly-born hole and adjust the nut accordingly. This would help serve as some forms of additional support and strength for the gaff hook.

4. Prepare The Epoxy

Once you’re done fitting and adjusting the screw, it’s then time to fill the vacant space of the rod with epoxy. In doing so, the gaff is made much more secure. This prevents the gaff from wobbling around, thus helping you make sure that you get the best possible chance at catching even the heaviest of fish.

5. Add Support

While this may take some trials and errors, the next thing you have to do is to fit a tubing of at least 10 inches, and cut a small slit 1 inch from a certain end. Have this inserted into the tubing end, and slide it through the rod until it reaches the gaff handle part.

6. Cut Off The Excess

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Measure 11.5 inches from the end of the gaff hook to the tubing, and then have the excess trimmed, as this could end up as a nuisance on the part of the fishing gaff.

7. “Legalize” Your Gaff

Make sure to add a measuring take across the pole. In this manner, you are able to ensure that the fish you’ll be catching would be within those that are prescribed or deemed allowable by the law, or your local fishing policies.

8. Customize Your Gaff Accordingly

how to make a gaff

Some people simply wish to take their fishing gear to the next level. If you want a smoother grip, or if the rubberized part of the rod has already been worn out, you may have this removed using your hobby knife or any sharp object for that matter, and measure slip-resistant rubber materials that fit the part of the rod. It is important that the rod wouldn’t slip in your hands.

9. Go Fishing!

Once all has settled, and once you have done everything stated above, you could now start fishing! Just make sure you have everything you need ready and loaded into your boat.

You can see the simple ways to make gaff at this video:​


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Making a fishing gaff, apart from the actual fishing activity is indeed a fun thing to do with friends and family. In doing so, one has to make key considerations that a great fishing experience will be made possible with a good gaff. There are several means in order for you to create one, but out of all of the gaff making tips and tricks found online, this is one of the most basic, and simplest to follow.

Make sure that you find the best quality materials, but it’s not really necessary for you to find brand new materials. You could still make an equally effective and durable gaff despite making one from “salvaged” or old materials.

Furthermore, the steps above could also be applied as a means of reviving old fishing gaffs and making them good enough for use in regular fishing once again.

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Lucas Bryant

Hi, I’m Lucas Bryant and fishing is one of the most important parts of my life. I usually go fishing with my friends and have many fishing competition. That why I like to research and create many tips to get more fishes to win a race. I hope my experience will be useful for you.

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