going to buy a long small hook gaff for big catfish so i typed in gaff on ebay....OMG ...that is just discusting..
Buy a big net then, we used BIG nets when we tournament fished and we absolutely did not want to loose one at the boat, and take a chance on loosing $3-500. I will tell you ahead of time you won't find one at WalMart that will hold a 40-50# fish. You will have to go somewhere like bottom dwellers or somewhere like that and you are looking at $100. or so.i net them but sometimes have two on at same time and first gets tangled ..so small.. 12/0 hook size gaff would come in handy..my 8 year old was sitting with me when i looked for a gaff...that took a little explaining ...did not know gaff had a whole other meaning