RELEASE STICKS AND MORE
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Product - a must-have for private boaters
a new CharkBait exclusive every private boater will
appreciate. I know I do, I've owned a Seeker Gaff for
probably 20 years now, have always preferred it's feel and
weight to aluminum gaffs. Mine's old, but still a great gaff
to own and use.
Seeker builds a great rod, they are among the top tier of
rod manufacturers in the world. In my estimation Seeker and
Calstar are the top producers of finished rods, period, end
of statement. Well, I was over at their factory a few weeks
ago talking with their production manager, and we struck
upon an idea... The fruits of which are posted here.
Seeker's gaffs are
nothing short of exceptional, made on one of their blanks
with a very sharp and strong hook. Given the use of a rod
blank for the shaft, there's a certain springiness, a bit of
"action" and better feel to the device. In the case of the
gaffs we have to offer, they feature a nice Turks head, use
of tuna cord and the prettiest darn wrap job you've ever
seen on a gaff. Seeker's using some of their better blanks
in production of our gaffs, in lengths of approximately 4, 5
and 6 feet. All the hooks are the same size, about 2.5"
which is a perfect size for most species of fish in my
opinion. No, it's not a proper gaff for LARGE tuna, the hook
gap is too small, same for larger mako or thresher sharks.
But, for the majority of what we catch, from smaller
schoolie tuna, albacore, yellowtail, bonito, bass and
barracuda, it's perfection.
The gaffs are available using a
quality black Seeker rod blank, but we also had them make
some up using Seeker's new Hercules blank in red. Both gaffs
are flat out beautiful pieces of equipment, and will be
things you will absolutely love owning for many, many years
Rounding out our line of
gaffs are four new ones of our own production.
things a step further, we also have made up some aluminum
shaft gaffs, floaters, with 4" gap hooks in several sizes.
These are made in our classic red anodized color finish,
with stainless steel hooks and also offer a hook guard. The
gaffs also come with a cover, and are available in 3, 4, 5
and 6 foot lengths.
Pictured showing off the new gaffs
is Blake (the guy below, not the cute gal to the left...who
actually works in the office here), our newest full-time staff member here at CB
Huntington Beach. Blake comes to us fresh out of military
service, Army, after serving in Korea and Afghanistan where
he earned his Purple Heart. He's an avid inshore fisherman,
surf, bay, you name it he gets out there and does it. If you
are local and trying to discover where to go to catch some
fish, see Blake, he'll put you on 'em. He's also been
handling the majority of spooling for clients who order
on-line, ties a darn good knot!
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fishermen targeting Thresher and Mako Sharks, there are two pieces
of equipment we highly recommend: a good quality flying gaff and a
release stick. You'll no doubt make use of these essential items,
and a fixed head gaff too, but a flyer is essential to safe
sharking. You don't want to stick a
that's known to roll with a fixed head gaff as your primary device
for the end game. This week we show off a couple of nice ones. We
have a couple of locally manufactured products that will fit the
bill for you. The first features a metal shaft, in a seven and
four inch hook gap - pictured right. The second model, shown
below, uses a fiberglass
shaft, that cuts the weight a tad. Both are quality made products
with stainless steel hooks of lasting quality and strength. The
Precision model carries a lifetime manufacturer's warrantee, and the
shaft floats, too.
Precision release stick is a safe and sane way to get your expensive lure
and/or hooks back from the mouth of a rather toothy critter.
(It's the item in the photo that has loop instead of
a gaff-hook in the picture to the left). For
catch and release fishing it's an essential. You simply move the
open ended loop of metal around your line, move it down towards
the bend in the hook and give a direct but not jaw busting "pop"
to remove the hook from the fish's mouth. Simple, safe and
effective in separating the fish from your line - at a distance.
Also pictured is the four foot Precision flying gaff, a great size
to have on any boat - but especially for say a 24 foot or
PLEASE consider a release stick a necessity rather than an
optional item if you intend to go sharking. These fish stocks are
under pressure from parasites (meaning long lines, shark-fin-soup
commercial slaughterers...). If you like to feel the
excitement of having something large, with substance, pealing off
line and putting up a serious fight, there is no more reliably
caught fish in the sea than a pissed-off shark. They can be caught
almost all year long, they can be big, and they can even go
acrobatic on you with a display of leaping you won't believe (makos
are known for that, but there are times when a thresher will make
you want to dive for cover - and sit for a while afterward in awe of
what you've just seen (I've been there!).
Shark ethics for me means don't harvest more than one a year (and
it's been years since I've kept one). While some do love the meat,
it's not my favorite, and one fish can go a looooong way in terms of
feeding the family. So, please consider your needs, don't kill one
unless you intend to eat it, and weigh that consumption against the
joy of pulling on a shark now and in the future. Practice catch and
release, grab a release stick - and use it.
above left: Precision 4" Flying gaff (fiberglass) and release
above right: PG 6" Flying Gaff (aluminum shaft)
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