Best Fishing Gaffs
To save you the shopping hassle, we have compiled a list of our top five fishing gaffs that all come with great features and don’t cost a fortune.
The KUFA hand gaff comes in a two-piece telescopic design and is adjustable between lengths 30’’ and 46’’. It comes with a single heavy-duty stainless steel hook, a lightweight aluminum handle and an ergonomic rubberized handle for the most comfort. It also weighs in at 1 lb. and its hook is very sharp for easy piercing.
- Two-piece telescopic design.
- Lightweight and highly durable.
- Comfortable and convenient to use.
The SAN LIKE gaff is built from high-grade lightweight aluminum and comes in a three-piece telescopic design. It is adjustable between lengths 29’’ to 78’’, sports a soft EVA handle for the most comfort, and an attached lanyard so it doesn’t fall off. It also comes with a sharp stainless steel hook and includes a hook tip cover for safe storage.
- Very lightweight, highly durable.
- Three-piece telescopic design.
- Comfortable to use, easy to store.
The Promar GF-301 sports a sleek design and comes in a two-piece configuration. It is adjustable between lengths 29’’ and 46’’, comes with a long sharp hook, and features a soft handle for the most comfort. It also features an attached lanyard for safety and a hook tip cover to prevent scratches or damage.
- Sleek two-piece design.
- Very convenient to use.
- Comes with a very sharp hook.
This top-notch hand gaff comes in a sleek six-piece design and is designed for the most portability. It is adjustable between 10.8’’ to 35.6’’ lengths, features an ergonomic non-slip grip, and a sharp stainless steel hook. It is also very lightweight and comes with a long lanyard for keeping it safe.
- Six-piece telescopic design.
- Very lightweight and portable.
- Comfortable and easy to use.
This single-piece hand gaff is the ideal option for the serious angler who wants as much action as possible. It sports a single solid housing, an ultra-sharp hook, and a highly ergonomic non-slip EVA handle for the most comfort. Its hook sports a unique design and is made from high-grade stainless steel, while its handle is made from lightweight aluminum.
- Sturdy single-piece construction.
- Very comfortable, ultra-sharp.
- Lightweight and highly durable.
Fishing Gaffs Buying Guide
Fishing gaffs date back to centuries ago and are exceptionally effective to hook a catch either independently or that has been reeled in. Unlike conventional fishing rods and reels that rely on the fish taking your bait, a fishing gaff gives you complete control and is ideal when targeting large sports fish.
Our buying guide reviews the best fishing gaffs on the market based on their specified features and tested performance to give you the best options to choose from. We then take it a step further to outline the particular factors you should consider and qualities you should look out for in a fishing gaff before you make a purchase.
The first factor you want to consider when scouting for a fishing gaff is its length. The length of your gaff will depend on the size and type of fish you are targeting and the dimensions of your fishing boat. The higher the edge of your boat is from the water, the longer the gaff you should choose. Longer gaffs, however, give the fleeing fish more leverage against you and will demand more energy compared to shorter gaffs. Shorter gaffs, however, will require you to move closer to your target and generally require more skill so you’re not spotted. Shorter fishing gaffs are also easier to store. In general, fishing gaffs will come in lengths between three to six feet.
According to length, fishing gaffs are classed as fixed-length or telescopic gaffs. Fixed gaffs come with a fixed length while telescopic gaffs come with lengths that can be adjusted. Telescopic fishing gaffs combine the reach of long gaffs with the easy storage of shorter gaffs and are the most popular on the market.
Another important factor to consider is the materials from which your fishing gaff. Aluminum, fiberglass, and carbon fiber are the most common materials fishing gaff handles are made from. Aluminum gaffs are very tough, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant. Fiberglass fishing gaffs are nearly as tough, but lighter than aluminum gaffs. Carbon fiber gaffs are the lightest but the most expensive.
In general, anglers tend to stick to either aluminum or fiberglass gaffs and your choice will depend on your personal taste.
The hook material is also very important and is usually the toughest point on your fishing gaff. Most fishing gaffs come with steel hooks while a few others are made from aluminum alloys. Stainless steel is very strong but more prone to corrosion in saltwater conditions and should, therefore, be coated.
Type of Gaff
Fishing gaffs come as either fixed hook fishing gaffs or fly fishing gaffs. Fixed hook gaffs or fixed gaffs, as the name implies, come with a hook that is fixed into the main structure. Fly fishing gaffs, on the other hand, feature hooks that separate from the main structure once they are embedded in fish and are tethered to the main structure with a powerful line or string. Fly fishing gaffs are ideal for pulling in very powerful fish that may break a fixed gaff and allow for flexibility with the string.
Comfort and Grip
The grip of your fishing gaff is another important factor to consider. It should come with a soft ergonomic handle for the most comfort and should reduce the chances of slipping even when wet. EVA handles are a common choice for fishing gaff handles. When the fishing gaff locks on to a target, your solid grip on the handle is very important so it doesn’t slip from your hands and you get your catch onboard.