Let me preface this by saying that I love freshwater fishing…really I do. And I do it a lot. But I’m sure most of you have figured out from my posts that I play in the salt quite a bit too. Every time I conjure up a freshwater blog, something salty just seems to come along that trumps the idea. Case in point, the gaff pictured below that I have fallen in love with.
I have always made fun of those people in “Babylon 5” T-shirts that spend all their money collecting replica swords and knives from “Lord of the Rings” or “Predator,” but now I’m starting to understand. This gaff is not to be used for fishing, but to be hung as a collector’s piece. Evade Armor, a California offshore apparel company, produces them, and you can choose from handles crafted from a bunch of exotic hardwoods. Of course, the price tag is over $1,100, but c’mon…have you ever seen anything so barbaric?
I’m into catch-and-release, but there are certain species that just don’t qualify for me. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say sinking a gaff in a tuna or mako shark isn’t a rush. The thrashing, tail beating against the hull, then the bloody deck that says “fire up the grill and break out the wasabi.”
So my fantasy of the day is me and my crew breaking the inlet at dawn, headed out to the blue while wielding these gaffs a la “Brave Heart” with some choice tunes blasting. I’m thinking Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” or Danzig’s “Mother”.
Evade Armor, if you’re reading this hook a brother up!!