Fish Bonker

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by samba123, Dec 24, 2019.

  1. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member

    Honestly the bonker I use came from the site below. Its handmade & made in BC from BC lumber. It's a beautiful piece & will subdue a 60lb halibut in one greeting.
    Shop local, made local, from Canadian sourced products.

    https://westcoastthumpers.com/
     
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  2. ILHG

    ILHG Crew Member

    I even had him make xmas ornaments for friends & family I took fishing this summer Screenshot_20191226-171820_Gallery.jpg
     
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  3. fshnfnatic

    fshnfnatic Well-Known Member

    Beautiful gaffs and fish bonkers.Some real craftsmanship there for sure.I'd be afraid of losing them over the side though.
     
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  4. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    My vote is for the mini aluminum bats. TINNNNNGGGGGG!!!!

    I do agree the wood ones ILGH have are sweet and the peetz “live edge” woodies are pretty sweet too.
     
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  5. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    I got one of those at the galiano derby this year. Hasn't left the drawer because I'm too scared to use it :(.
    I might just hang it up on the wall, it'll really tie the cabin together.
     
  6. Stizzla

    Stizzla Crew Member

    Is that the name for your commander? “The Cabin”
     
  7. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    No. "The Condo"
     
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  8. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    Wesking made some great ones with lead in the end. You can really give it to a fish with one.
     
  9. cracked_ribs

    cracked_ribs Well-Known Member

    A bit of lead makes a big difference - a few years ago I took my dad out and we were pulling pretty big lings and he didn't want to use my pocket thumper because he thought it looked like "a toy". He had a whole theory about the speed of the strike and how a short heavy striker wouldn't do the job and what was needed was a fast strike and you could only get that with a length of wood and so he had to bring his own etc etc etc.

    My fish went to sleep with flat skulls. His struggled with either insomnia or nightmares for the next hour or so, and since we had no warm milk to offer them to comfort them into pleasant repose, I had to intervene. The Foster Midget resolved their sleep deficiencies.

    My dad still denies that there is any explanation for why 50% of the fish - the 50% with flat skulls - stayed down, and the other 50% kept flopping.

    I think the Midget has six ounces of lead in the tip. You hit things you might want to keep with the flat for persuasive purposes, and things you don't like with the edge, for permanent alteration. I don't go fishing without it.
     
  10. RiverBoy

    RiverBoy Well-Known Member

    I am dying to get my hands on some ironwood. did he get it locally?
     
  11. Cuba Libre

    Cuba Libre Well-Known Member

    He was a hobby wood turner. His shop has many different types of wood that he turned into works of art. He died a few years back but the bonker is getting pretty checked, but will probably outlast me.
     
  12. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    A hunk of yew wood works great
     
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  13. Normfish

    Normfish Well-Known Member

    I have 14 inches of the butt end of a pool cue . Drilled a hole and screwed in 8 inches of threaded metal rod , works great
     
  14. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

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  15. CatchAll

    CatchAll Member

    I use a 16” section of 1.5” copper pipe left over from a boiler install. It’s deadly.
     
  16. baddogg

    baddogg Crew Member

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  17. eaglemaniac

    eaglemaniac Well-Known Member

    A good quality hardwood axe handle is my preferred dispatcher.;) eman
     
  18. Double D

    Double D New Member

    D cell mag light.. multipurpose tool :)
     
  19. Ruff

    Ruff Active Member

    I bought my father in law a Peetz bonker for xmas last year and then my folks got me a personalized West coast thumper. Both are heavy but short enough and give a very satisfying *thwack* when getting the job done. Both also locally made.
     
  20. trophywife

    trophywife Crew Member

    this can be dangerous with guests that don't know how to stay back in a boat.
     
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