A good shot with a small gaff is usually more likely, but when using a gaff that is too small, you run the risk of a hot fish straightening it out. Flying gaffs can detach and become useless. Having a backup gaff clipped on and ready is important. I have used as many as four flying gaffs on a single fish. Keeping a heavy straight gaff and a meat hook ready is also standard when we plan on taking a large fish. Overkill does not apply when it comes to gaffs — you can never have too many.