Lockjaw Tarpon Release Gaff

 

The Lockjaw Tarpon Fishing Release Gaff  ®

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The Lockjaw Gaff ® is a tarpon fishing release gaff that is the idea of a longtime professional fishermen who put his ideas  together in solving the age old nemesis of tarpon fishing: how to prevent giant tarpon from escaping at boat side without harming or killing them.

Capt. Robert McCue has over two decades of professional tarpon fishing experience. He has shattered 8 IGFA World Records and has won nearly $300,000 in tarpon tournaments.  In 2003, Capt. Robert McCue brought his ideas and sketches to the attention of  a master machinist and fabricator. After 3 years (2003-2006) of relentless design, research and testing. In 2015, the chromed handle-shaft was replaced with a stainless steel handle-shaft. More pride was added with the addition of a "Red, White and Blue" appearance. The final version of this unprecedented effort and cost, is now unveiled.  Capt. McCue  introduces to you,  The Lockjaw Gaff ® .

More tournament money has been lost by tarpon jumping off a gaff than there has ever been won. In fact, more tarpon are lost at the side of the boat than at any other point in battle with the silver king. The high risk of losing a tarpon has led to some questionable practices in handling the fish by both the recreational and professional angler and has likely contributed to the unintentional mortality of releasing giant tarpon. By using The Lockjaw Gaff ® there is no longer a need to “jam” your arm or a rope up through the gills. There is no need to wrestle with a thrashing fish while trying to grab its lower jaw only to drop it  in an attempt to subdue it. The "grip of death" around the fish's isthmus (throat) is now primitive barbarism.

Now with one easy stroke of your hand and The Lockjaw Gaff ®, you can safely and POSITIVELY land giant tarpon without injuring or killing them (or potentially yourself).

The Lockjaw Tarpon Fishing Release Gaff’s ® posi-locking latch will prevent the fish from coming off the gaff until you are ready to release it. No more violent thrashing and head shaking while trying to pin the tarpon with a conventional lip gaff under your boat’s rubrail. 

Lockjaw Tarpon Fishing Gaff
The Lockjaw Gaff ® pictured in an actual tarpon skull.

With an attached line, The Lockjaw Gaff ®can be released from your hands and the fish is free to jump and thrash as it pleases out of harm’s way. This professional "trick" is similar in theory to how a flying gaff  is designed to not rip from a fish. Furthermore it reduces the chances of the gaff man injuring himself or mortally wounding the tarpon.

Capt. Robert McCue led the WORLD in the number of tarpon he genetically tagged and released in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2009 he was the first to reach 500 tagged GiantTarpon in the world. In 2014, Capt. McCue was the first and only one to tag genetically tag over 1,000 adult tarpon in fair chase. In those same years, he was the only fishing guide to acoustically tag and release tarpon in the State of Florida’s catch-and-release mortality project in both Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor estuaries. He successfully used The Lockjaw Gaff ® in both studies and his acoustically tagged tarpon were tracked for up to 3 weeks after release. McCue has also used The Lockjaw Gaff ® for science to “tow” live, acoustically tagged, and released tarpon back to the school of fish. The Lockjaw Gaff ® is the choice handling device for the world's renown tarpon biologist using PAT (satellite tagging) such as The University of Miami, Tarpon Bonefish Trust and Tarpon Tomorrow. The Lockjaw Gaff 's ® crown jewel is how the gaff has performed  in competitive tournaments (including The Professional Tarpon Tournament Series, The Gold Cup, The Suncoast Tarpon Tournament, The Grande Isle Tarpon Tournament, The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament and several more). In 2007, Capt. Robert McCue used The Lockjaw Gaff ® to sweep the The Professional Tarpon Tournament coveted Jim Beam Tarpon Cup with a purse of over $50,000 in cash and prizes.

We are perfectionist and masters of machining craftsmanship. We use computers and CAD software to cut and bend the metal to the tightest of engineering tolerances. We use only the highest grade of 316 stainless steel for both the "hook" and "handle shaft". We then polish the metal to an unparalleled “knight of armor” grade and shine. The latch is machined through several lengthy steps from the highest-grade marine aluminum alloy available. Corrosion resistance to the aluminum latch is insured through anodization. The spring mechanism has a fail safe with a high-grade stainless steel spring  spring. The latch's precision design and the tightest tolerances ensure that if there is any type of mechanical failure with the springs, the latch cannot back open in a manner that would result in a premature release. From the The Lockjaw Gaff ® inception, Capt. McCue holds exclusive selling rights and royalties to the original Lockjaw Gaff ®. Accept nothing less!

Whether you fish tarpon in Tampa Bay, Homosassa, Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor, the Florida Keys, Mexico, West Africa, Costa Rica, or fish in The Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) , The Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon Tournament, The Golden Fly Invitational, Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Sarasota Tarpon Tournament, The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo or The Tarpon Tomorrow Pro AM Tournament, The Lockjaw Gaff ® is the last tarpon release gaff you will ever own!

 Lockjaw Tarpon Release Gaff The Lockjaw  Tarpon Release Gaff ® is 100% American designed and made.

The Lockjaw Tarpon Fishing Release Gaff  ®

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To order or for more information on The Lockjaw Gaff ®

Call : (727) 597-0957

or

Lockjaw Tarpon Release Gaff E-MAIL  lockjawgaff@gmail.com

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The Lockjaw Tarpon Fishing Release Gaff  ®


* CAUTION: The Lockjaw Gaff ® is an extremely sharp and rigid tool that must be handled with extreme caution. By purchase, the purchaser agrees and has released the seller and or the manufacturer from any liability in handling The Lockjaw Gaff ®. The Lockjaw Gaff ® and or any other fish gaff tool handled in any manner (but particularly with a wild tarpon/animals) are the assumed and sole risks of the tool’s handler, operator and or purchaser. We imply no written, implied, assumed or verbal responsibility in handling or handling fish with the The Lockjaw Gaff ®. Keep away from children!

* CAUTION: The Lockjaw Gaff ® is an extremely sharp and rigid tool that must be handled with extreme caution. By purchase, the purchaser agrees and has released the seller and or the manufacturer from any liability in handling The Lockjaw Gaff ®. The Lockjaw Gaff ® and or any other fish gaff tool handled in any manner (but particularly with a wild tarpon/animals) are the assumed and sole risks of the tool’s handler, operator and or purchaser. We express or assume no written, implied or verbal responsibility in handling or handling fish with the The Lockjaw Gaff ®. Keep away from children!

Last Update 1JAN16