used to break my running light (the white one) quite often. always forgot to remove it when i got to the fishing hole. removed my light and wires from tube then measured up about ten inches from base and then cut it with hacksaw. found a old trampoline spring that fit perfect on mine. mixed up some JB weld then slid spring on couple inches on one side of tube then did the same to other side. had to splice a few more inches of wire to compensate for spring length. put all back together but it was a little too springy for me so started wrapping spring with electrical tape till i was happy with the movement. hasn't broke yet been using for 6 years.
couldn't find any glue that would hold down my mat to the deck. tried contact cement and even liquid nails. finally just went and purchased some pipe strapping it comes in 25 foot rolls and started laying down on the edge and putting a self tapping screw in every foot or so. no more flapping in the wind going down the road or across the lake
i take a piece of PVC pipe that my handle of gaff will fit in and cut it to length then go to table saw and set the fence so the blade of saw is in middle of PVC set depth of blade to just cut though one side of PVC saw the length of PVC BE VERY CAREFUL ON THIS PART WHEN GETTING TO END OF CUT INSTEAD OF PUSHING PVC WALK AROUND AND PULL THE PVC THE REST OF WAY THOUGH SAW then depending on thickness of your gaff you will have to run PVC though saw again to make cut wide enough for your gaff then you can apply some heat from propane torch to top and flare out the end to make easier for returning gaff in holder after using. then screw to deck or wherever so it is easy to get to and not in the way so when you do shoot the big one you are not looking for your gaff hope this helps
moved my deck back . and added plank for trolling motor. reason for deck moving back. took a couple of georgia cornfed boys last year.it was a little scary when they both stuck fish in front of boat. couple inches from water coming in and having a real good story