-like implement used to subdue
and land various types of fish
, particularly salmon
. A gaff hook is essentially a rod made of wood
(depending on the type of gaff hook) with a spike
protruding somewhat downward at the end. The blunt end of the gaff hook is thus used to bonk and subdue flapping fish
, while the spike is used to "gaff
" these fish
and bring them aboard. Two major types of gaff hook include the salmon gaff
and the halibut gaff
, as described below:
Gaff hooks for salmon are substantially lighter-weight than those used on halibut. A salmon gaff hook generally consists of a riveted (so as to provide grip) dowel made of wood, to which is attached a sharp, thin spike, usually made of steel. While being longer and less cumbersome than the halibut gaff hook, a salmon gaffs can break rather easily, especially if being used on larger fish.
As halibut can easily be several hundred pounds in weight, the halibut gaff is an accordingly much heavier implement. Such gaff hooks are comprised of an iron bar, one end of which doubles back at an angle into a spike; and the other end of which is welded to an iron handle. Halibut gaff hooks are not only far, far stronger than their salmon-dispatching counterparts; but also pack a much greater punch as far as bonking power.