Hell, I'm new to the site. Found some interesting topics and threads. I'm from the snowbird state of Indiana and I have whats probably a stupid question but i'm not afraid to ask. Honestly I just wanna know the reasoning behind it. I have fished in FL before but never caught anything, but I have seen people fish and videos of guys using a gaff. My question(s) is this... What is the point of a gaff? (why can't you just grab the fish by your hands in a safe manner) Also why do people use a gaff if they are catching and releasing? Doesnt that kill the fish or make them food for other fish? I'm all for being be a good sportsman. Grew up "Kill what you are going to eat". I'm not judging anyone, i'm just curious on this matter. I am making a trip there next month to fish and research to move there. Thanks in advance for any respectful comments!