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DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:16 pm
by Prof. Salt
I've been asked by lots of people to make this video, and I finally got it done. Seems every time I got ready to shoot it would start raining again. It's done, and I think there is enough detail that most folks should be able to create some nice toys to take offshore. Enjoy!



Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:42 pm
by RTMont
Thanks for the info, looks like it's time to replace the old wood handle gaff with a new lightweight gaff! Did you get the gaff hooks at Roy's?

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:27 pm
by Prof. Salt
Yes, and they run $5.99 each. Ask one of the folks behind the counter for location - they're hard to find.

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:21 pm
by My68MyWay
Great video and very informative. I always enjoy seeing other people projects and especially how-tos on them

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:15 pm
by fiSh ZoMbiE
Nice video Glen.
I'm using a large paint roller for my rig hook w/a wooden dowl attached. Our rig hooks r very simular. Does your rig hook Itself float? My rope passes thru my front handle then attaches to a center cleet. I never thought to use my foot pegs ;-)
Again nice video :clap:

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:26 pm
by Yakety_Yak
Great video, Glenn!!

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:54 pm
by SAHunter1983
Great video!

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Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:37 pm
by Prof. Salt
fiSh ZoMbiE wrote:Nice video Glen.
I'm using a large paint roller for my rig hook w/a wooden dowl attached. Our rig hooks r very simular. Does your rig hook Itself float? My rope passes thru my front handle then attaches to a center cleet. I never thought to use my foot pegs ;-)
Again nice video :clap:


The aluminum is too heavy for the handle to float on its own, but the hard foam works well, and usually just makes it easy to return to the rope at the rig after chasing down a fish.

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:37 am
by APynckel
I would recommend bowline knots instead of the doubled up hitch for loops. It's self clinching (won't slip) and easier to break in case you need to.

Also, for the aluminum hook where you made the slots around it to help the epoxy grip, if you add some epoxy around it before you insert, then you'll guarantee that the epoxy finds its way in there, instead of trapped air, helping adhesion and strength.

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:56 pm
by Prof. Salt
Sounds like you have the making of a great video to improve on my idea. Go for it! :D

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:15 pm
by Heatstroke
Looks good to me!!

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:23 pm
by Kalait
Prof. Salt wrote:Yes, and they run $5.99 each. Ask one of the folks behind the counter for location - they're hard to find.

Looking to order the gaff hooks online. However, can not find them online. I just contacted Roy's by email, not sure I like the Hawaiian style gaff though it is easier to make.

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:45 pm
by Killerbee
Still using mine Prof! Thanks man!

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:34 am
by kickingback
Kalait wrote:
Prof. Salt wrote:Yes, and they run $5.99 each. Ask one of the folks behind the counter for location - they're hard to find.

Looking to order the gaff hooks online. However, can not find them online. I just contacted Roy's by email, not sure I like the Hawaiian style gaff though it is easier to make.


https://www.google.com/search?q=gaff+hooks&safe=strict&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS849US849&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIyLC1hsvjAhUPnq0KHXdSCNEQ_AUIESgB&biw=1420&bih=845

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:41 pm
by Longliner
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Or this but of coarse I wouldn't pay $60 for it.

Re: DIY gaff and rig hook

PostPosted:Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:00 pm
by Wutevs
Dowel Rod: https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-in-x-48-i ... /203360196

Threaded Rod: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1- ... /204325650

Tools needed: Cordless drill, 1/4 drill bit, Amazing Goop or E6000 or any other industrial adhesive, 4" angle grinder, friend to hold the 4" angle grinder, bolt cutters (optional).

1. Drill hole into dowel rod, as far as drill bit will go
2. Shorten threaded rod using either the grinder or bolt cutters (optional). Use your judgment/eyeball it.
3. Fill hole with adhesive
4. Ram threaded rod into hole
5. Let dry for a day
6. Grind threaded rod to a point
7. ????
8. Profit.