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Weighing a big Cat properly

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I've been searching around for a scale that I can weigh some of the larger fish that happen to make there way onto the floor of my boat this year. I've looked at quite a few options and one thing that I have a problem with is hanging these fish by a small hook in order to get a proper weight. It just doesn't seem healthy for the fish. I was wondering what others do for a safe and accurate weight of a larger fish? Does anyone lug a household scale into the boat? Use a net? Magic? I'm curious how people properly weigh and release a bigger cat without doing harm to these awesome animals.

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I have that formula printed out and sitting in the boat, handy tool. I've just always thought that once those big girls reach 40+ lbs. it can vary? I haven't had the chance to haul in something of that size but if/when it does...I'd like to be prepared. wink

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Right from the "Pro" him self wink . Pay attention at 3:05 during this video:

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I mentioned this before, but I think I might try bringing a bathroom scale out in the boat and try that.

Those 50lb fish are super hard to weigh no matter with net, bag, sling or whatever. I had enough trouble to know that if I was to ever catch a monster over 60 I'd want alternative means to weigh it.

Any yes the formula will vary, but at the same time will get you in the ballpark.

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I 2ND weighing the fish in your net.

Please Video Tape the Weighing of a 50 plus pound Flathead while balancing on a bathroom scale in a Boat. grin

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Please Video Tape the Weighing of a 50 plus pound Flathead while balancing on a bathroom scale in a Boat. grin

Yes that should be interesting. grin

On my trips to the James we weighed about a dozen blue cats from 40-54 pounds in the net without any trouble. What sort of problems were you having Darren?

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Originally Posted By: RAB
What sort of problems were you having Darren?

Muscle weakness? grin

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Originally Posted By: RAB
What sort of problems were you having Darren?

MMMM... I'm gonna say boat size and lay out...

yeah, just not enough space. I had to stand on the middle seat to get the fish high enough off the ground. Then my scale only works right if the hook is plumb. Just a bunch of things working against each other.

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Originally Posted By: hanson
Originally Posted By: RAB
What sort of problems were you having Darren?

Muscle weakness? grin

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HAHA that is funny right there!

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Originally Posted By: dtro
Originally Posted By: hanson
Originally Posted By: RAB
What sort of problems were you having Darren?

Muscle weakness? grin

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HAHA that is funny right there!

Lifting with his strongest muscle? grin

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And to think Darren went frame by frame through that video looking for the "best" shot. whistle

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Originally Posted By: hanson
Originally Posted By: RAB
What sort of problems were you having Darren?

Muscle weakness? grin

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So we're pecking on the bloody chicken in the coop 'eh? grin That is some funny laughs there. If we can start a grassroots charity here in the forum I'll be more than willing to throw acouple bucks into it....something Like Save Hanson's Seed Foundation. I vote with our funds we get the poor fellows a gimbal belt for their owner laugh.

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Ya, they do work slick smile! Very well built!

I got 3 on sale last year and could not pass them up. I forgot I had this one still untill the other day when I was going threw my boat stuff. I got the one for Dtro and the other for a buddy of mine and he never picked it up. I called him the other day and he is short on funds because of a lay-off. So, I figured I would see if any FM'ers want a deal grin

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