Never attempt to gaff a fish in front of the leader or fishing line. If you miss and the fish charges off, the gaff could tangle or break the line.
If you boat a fish that’s still green, pin it to the deck or nearest gunwale with the gaff still in it. Once subdued, transport the fish to the fish box without delay.
If a gaff is kept on deck, add a protective barrier over the point, such as a tennis ball. Should someone come in contact with the gaff or should it fall from the T-top, the ball will prevent an injury.