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    I realize that this is a frivolous and completely inane thread but it is winter and I am bored. I was just outside removing ice from my boat cover and found myself using my fish bonker for the task. I have a segment of a fiberglass handle from a splitting maul. I have had this for years and it is very durable seems to work well (even on the small fish I catch here). My cousin used an oosik for a while, but it was not as durable as was needed. What do others have and use as a fish bonker?
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    While guiding for Kings on the Naknek River one of the boats had a moose leg bone that had spent time in a tanic creek and looked fossilized. Some clients liked it so much they dubbed it the "Hammer". Once a fish came on board they would yell "Get the Hammer, get the Hammer"

    Ah, good times,

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    I use a short peice of Dimond Willow that I hand carved, sanded and covered with polyurathane. It's a nice thick peice with a "pistol grip"!

    Drilled a hole through the handle and have a loop of leather lanyard.

    Kinda slick...and the visiting relatives love it.

    Effective yet beautiful in it's delivery!

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    A few years back walmart was clearing out some kid sized aluminum baseball bats for $5, works well enough. I had one of those all plastic ones that I'd use dipnetting. They aren't that strong, as I broke it last year. I've also taken a section of closet rod and glued ~4 oz of lead in the end.

    Often times on rockfish and salmon I'll just cut a gil and drop it head down in a 5 gal bucket to bleed out instead of bonking. Ling cod and halibut get the attitude adjustment.

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    My high school students make them on the lathe all the time. Oak, maple......

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    I use the handle of my filet knife. There is quite a bit of pop if using a thin blade and more than one pop is seldom necessary.

    Halibut are a different story.
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    I use an aluminum Calcutta fish whacking bat. It makes a great ping when you hit the fish in the sweet spot. My client love it... the sound of success! The only better thing is the shotgun, and the smell of gunpowder, and pulling a Dick Cheney.... shooting the fish right in the face (just behind the top eye)

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    Some of you who enjoy baseball may recognize the novelty miniature bats. Those are perfect for fish whacking. So much, my 5 year old only goes fishing for the mere ability to use said fish whacker. 198 reds last year, I was hit in the face once. Total wash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moose-head View Post
    I realize that this is a frivolous and completely inane thread but it is winter and I am bored. I was just outside removing ice from my boat cover and found myself using my fish bonker for the task. I have a segment of a fiberglass handle from a splitting maul. I have had this for years and it is very durable seems to work well (even on the small fish I catch here). My cousin used an oosik for a while, but it was not as durable as was needed. What do others have and use as a fish bonker?


    ...that would be a hoot to see a picture of your cousin clubbing a fish with his(I mean an) oosik!-lol-
    -do you have one to post, by any chance?

    -those police batons are great...


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    I use a miniature wilson baseball bat (24 inches) long drilled out and filled with lead. DEADLY!

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    I keep a bowling pin in my boat. Works great and the looks I get are priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aksheephuntress View Post
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    ...that would be a hoot to see a picture of your cousin clubbing a fish with his(I mean an) oosik!-lol-
    -do you have one to post, by any chance?
    No pictures, and even if there were I would be obligated to tell you there weren’t because of the repercussions from posting one
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    I use a Glock 29 (10mm) with 200g fmj rounds...shuts `em down fast!














    Most of the time just a shorty baseball bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riddle View Post
    While guiding for Kings on the Naknek River one of the boats had a moose leg bone that had spent time in a tanic creek and looked fossilized. Some clients liked it so much they dubbed it the "Hammer". Once a fish came on board they would yell "Get the Hammer, get the Hammer"

    Ah, good times,

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    Some creative suggestions. I use a 2 foot long, 1.5 inch diameter piece of oak dowel called the "Ugly Stick". I think someone left it in my other boat 20 years ago and it has stayed. That sucker has wacked a lot of fish.

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    Default I just use

    wooden Closet rods that are about 2 inches thick, they float, cheap at any lumber yard and easy to replace.
    If a dipnetter dips a fish and there is no one around to see/hear it, Did he really dip?

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    Default I inherited.....

    A whacker with my last boat made from a lathe-turned old wringer from a 1950's wringer washer, dense heavy and effective!

    For a spare, you can't beat the big plastic fish whacker from FinestKind.com, great shape, weighting and grip...

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    I also use an old plastic ax handle - works great. I heard of a guy that uses a black bear femur and i'll probably try that as soon as i get a black bear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moose-head View Post
    I realize that this is a frivolous and completely inane thread but it is winter and I am bored. I was just outside removing ice from my boat cover and found myself using my fish bonker for the task. I have a segment of a fiberglass handle from a splitting maul. I have had this for years and it is very durable seems to work well (even on the small fish I catch here). My cousin used an oosik for a while, but it was not as durable as was needed. What do others have and use as a fish bonker?
    ME? i grab it by the tail after hauling it across the top of the water with my 100lb tough line in my Alaska special fly rod...swing it over my head and beat it against a rock with a swift sharp flick of my wrist to make sure the air snaps as it swings by.......once.... twice... three. times.... then if it still folps... and if every one is watching... i will kiss it and let it go
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