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Old 03-31-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default Pier net vs Weighted Treble hook

I have a few extra bucks. What will serve me best on the pier in the long run, a pier net or weighted treble hook gig?
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What are your primary targeted species? It makes a difference when you consider them
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What are your primary targeted species? It makes a difference when you consider them
King Mackerel, Cobia, almost anything caught on the Navarre Pier octagon.
Bigger and tastier the better.
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Weighted treble hook, or just a normal pier gaff. If you put a 20lb fish or bigger in the pier net you run the risk of it not fitting, or flopping out and in the process tangling your line up with the net and loosing the fish. With a pier gaff or weighted treble hook the fish can fall off and you have minimal risk of getting it tangled and loosing the fish
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Weighted treble hook, or just a normal pier gaff. If you put a 20lb fish or bigger in the pier net you run the risk of it not fitting, or flopping out and in the process tangling your line up with the net and loosing the fish. With a pier gaff or weighted treble hook the fish can fall off and you have minimal risk of getting it tangled and loosing the fish
What do you do when you get that gaffed King Mackerel up on the pier and it measures 23 inches fork length? One of my concerns is gaffing a king or red fish and then finding out that it's size isn't within limits.
What is lawful proper etiquette?
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I agree with your concern. If a fish looks questionable to me I will just hand line it up, or ask an angler near me if I can borrow their pier net. A slot red only weighs 8 or 9 lbs at max which should be easily hand lines up, and an illegal king about the same weight. Its just my opinion that I would rather loose that questionable sized red or king to hand lining, instead of loosing that 20-50lb king or 20-80lb cobia to it not fitting in the pier net or flopping out.
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And lawful proper etiquette is to not gaff that fish that looks questionable.
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Weighted treble hook, or just a normal pier gaff. If you put a 20lb fish or bigger in the pier net you run the risk of it not fitting, or flopping out and in the process tangling your line up with the net and loosing the fish. With a pier gaff or weighted treble hook the fish can fall off and you have minimal risk of getting it tangled and loosing the fish
What do you do when you get that gaffed King Mackerel up on the pier and it measures 23 inches fork length? One of my concerns is gaffing a king or red fish and then finding out that it's size isn't within limits.
What is lawful proper etiquette?
If it's a tough call on size you better borrow a net or just hand line it up. Only lawful method is to net it, if you gaff an undersized fish that would be illegal. I would never try and gaff a redfish, regardless of its apparent size, too risky, use a net. Best situation is to have both but if not, borrowing one should not be to hard. Most people will help.
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King Mackerel, Cobia, almost anything caught on the Navarre Pier octagon.
Bigger and tastier the better.
Smaller kings taste better and less mercury!
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get a net someone always has a gaff and will help u a net can be harder to come by
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