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A gaff is a long, pole-like tool with a sharp hook or spear at one end, commonly used in fishing to land large or powerful fish. The primary purpose of a gaff is to secure the fish and bring it onboard or onto the shore or dock. When landing a fish with a gaff, the angler typically aims the hook at the fish's body, usually under the jaw or through the gills, and then lifts the fish out of the water. Gaffs are especially useful for landing fish that are too large to be lifted by hand or when fishing from a boat where using a net may be impractical. Gaffs come in various sizes and designs, with some featuring a single hook and others having multiple hooks or barbs for added security. The shaft of a gaff is often made of sturdy materials such as aluminum or fiberglass to withstand the weight and strength of large fish.

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