1) Even though I love my homemade gaff (it looks surly) I went and got a net because it works better for flounder. Flounder can jump off it if you don't watch out. You can keep them in the net while you get your hook out and get to the stringer, etc.
2) I made a nice anchor shuttle and got a folding anchor and gave up my little Danforth. It takes up to much room. I tied the folding anchor at the bottom with a zip tie at the top so it can 'break away' if it gets hung up.
3) I got a $120 paddle to replace the $60 one and it does make a difference.
4) I got a dry rotted paddle leash for the 'break away' effect.
I guess you have to live and learn and watch what others are doing and decide what works best for you. I am not afraid to do exactly what others are doing if it is what works best.
Hope to get out there soon.