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Old 10-21-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Gaff Handle Wrapping Technique

This gaff wrap is a simple series of half-hitches, using either rigger cord or in this case I used masonary string. You want something relatively thick so it makes a nice ridge. This works wet or dry, hot or cold.



I wrapped the gaff in the picture many years ago and short of a little sun bleach, you can see its still holding up well. I have bent a few, but never lost one.



Just a tip: Use Gloves when you do this, because tightening each one will tear your hands up. Each one probably takes an hour or so.















Starting the wrap.







































I had put this up a while back and these were done by one of the guys using the technique.









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Old 10-22-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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That is a great way to do it Jim. I've custom wrapped some Aftco's like that for buddies and everyone who uses one loves them.
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Thats awesome work man. I always wondered how they did that.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:28 PM   #4
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tunapopper (10/22/2009)That is a great way to do it Jim. I've custom wrapped some Aftco's like that for buddies and everyone who uses one loves them.


It really makes those metal gaffs easy on the hands in the winter (or in slimey conditions). I think I did this original post back in '06 and have had a bunch of folks tell me how well it has worked for them over the years.
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Cool idea Jim! I have a new project now... =) I wonder if I can find some bright blue cord but it will probably fade... hmm..
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reelfinatical (10/22/2009)Cool idea Jim! I have a new project now... =) I wonder if I can find some bright blue cord but it will probably fade... hmm..
Go to west marine. They have quite a few different colors of rope including bright blue. Thats where I always get my cord for making gaffs.
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Jim That's a great way to wrap a gaff. And you made it so simple, that I am going to wrap our gaff's. Thanks what a great ideal you gave us. And I like the fact that the wrap will help when it's cold. Keep the ideals like that coming. Gene
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tunapopper (10/22/2009)Thats where I always get my cord for making gaffs.


Works on harpoons also. Here is mine with the halibut dart upgrade.



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Very cool. How about wrapping the hook on the other end? I have half a rod and a large hook I want to may a small gaff for snapper, macks etc... The diameter is too small to drill so I was thinking epoxy and then a nylon cord wrap. Any better ideas?
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I have a custom made King gaff made that way by a rod builder, with two 12/0 stainless hooks, set up like a double tuna hook.



What he did was was file the barbs off the hooks. Underwrapped the area, set the hooks in place and overwrapped the whole thing (but don't know how many times) Then coated it with epoxy.



He used regular rod wrapping thread. I would have to look at it, but I would guess he used a thread like E or above.



PS. One thing I forgot to mention is because the rod is so thin, I can snag a king 6' under water with it. I would use it if I was comm fishing with live baits for big fish and rarely lost one because I could snag them from so far away with the boat not moving. It would kind of trip folks out the first time they saw it.
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