After catching your fair share of “a few fish”, you may start to get curious and wonder how big is the lunker you just caught.
How many times have you wished you had a scale with you to weigh a nice catch? I have. Many times. It is quite satisfying to know for sure how heavy your catch is.
I used to always have a spring-loaded scale in my tackle box. Of course many fishermen are experts at guessing the weigh of their catch. There will also be the fun of your fishing buddies chipping in with their weight estimate. Through experience, the “guestimates” are often between 30% to 50% more than the actual weight. The only way to be sure is to have a good quality scale on hand.
There are other ways of “weighing” your catch without actually using a scale though. You can use a measuring tape.
It gets a little technical though, taking measurements. You’ll need the formula to work out the length, girth and so on before you get the weight. Plus, it’s usually 5 to 10% off the actual weight in the end. A potential IGFA record will required everything, including a representative or officer and a certified weighing scale. It gets kind of complicated so let leave that for another day.
The old scale I had have seen better days. So I decided recently to get another. And this time a scale accurate to 1/10th of one percent. Who can argue with that? The Berkley® TEC™ Digital Scale is a neat little (actually not that little) thing.
Three models cover all types of fishing applications. Two of those measure to 35 pounds, and the third is a hefty 100 pound model. All three models feature fishings first big-screen two sided display which allows visibility to both the angler and co-angler at the same time. Each scale comes packed with an attractive soft-side weatherproof case for protection and safe storage. Each is operated by two CR2032 batteries with Auto-Off for longer battery life. As with all TEC™ tools, these digital scales feature a Softorx™ finish for comfort while handling, and provides a secure non-slip grip. The 35 pound Culling Kit version includes color coded rings, color coded weight card, and marker for keeping tack of those cull fish during tournaments. The scale, which is accurate to 1/10th of one percent, also has a memory that adjusts for fish kept, and tells the angler which fish is next to cull, along with total weight.