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What is a good digital scale under for under $40? I'd prefer to buy it at BPS due to me having several gift cards.

Also, when you weigh a fish with a scale with a hook on the end do you stick the hook through the fishes lip and hang it there, or do you put a weigh bag on the scale and zero it out then put the fish in the bag?

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I have Bass Pro's digital scale and it works fine for me.

I usually weigh the fish through the gills or lip, but this year I may start using a bag to weigh them.

A bag seems like it would be easier and give the bass no chance of falling off the hook.

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I have Bass Pro's digital scale and it works fine for me.

I usually weigh the fish through the gills or lip, but this year I may start using a bag to weigh them.

A bag seems like it would be easier and give the bass no chance of falling off the hook.

I was considering using a bag to weigh fish. Seems like it would be easier on them. Maybe taking the weigh bag and getting it wet, putting it on the scale and zero-ing it out, then putting the fish in to weigh. Can you zero the BPS scales?

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I use a Rapala scale. It has worked fine for two years now.

Jason

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Tackle Warehouse has the X-Tools X Grips Tourn Scales on sale for 29.99.  They are normally over $129.00.  The saleman told me they had them in the warehouse for 7 years and the batteries would not be good.  He was right but put new batteries in it and checked it aganist some other scales and it was right on.  It also has 7 tourn clips that are numbered with it.  It is well worth the money.

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I use a berkley one I bought at walmart for 20$ (just a plain hook), I think they have one that is a lip grabber for right around 40$ as well.  It seems to be fairly accurate as well.

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I have a nice digital, but I bought an Econoscale and it's great. I was afraid I would catch a HAWG and the digital wouldn't turn on. Plus, the Econoscale has a lip grip thing, which hold 'em tight.

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I use a Rapala scale. It has worked fine for two years now.

Same here. 

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I use a berkley one I bought at walmart for 20$ (just a plain hook), I think they have one that is a lip grabber for right around 40$ as well. It seems to be fairly accurate as well.

yeah those are spot on. dead accurate. mine fell out of my tacklebox while jogging to a spot in the rain and didnt find it till a few days later ...s till workin

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I use a berkley one I bought at walmart for 20$ (just a plain hook), I think they have one that is a lip grabber for right around 40$ as well. It seems to be fairly accurate as well.

yeah those are spot on. dead accurate. mine fell out of my tacklebox while jogging to a spot in the rain and didnt find it till a few days later ...s till workin

Walmart doesn't carry it anymore I don't think.  :'(

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i've got the $20 berkely hook digital scale and the $40 berkley digital lip grip scale. they're both very accurate and well worth the money. i prefer the lip grip one because its more secure but i keep the hook scale for backup.

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Just a few notes on digital scales....

All of the scales mentioned above, are usually fine. However, a digital scale is definitely the kind of thing you need to carry a second one, as a back up. You know.... Murphy's Law.

The other thing is, while digital scales tend to weigh very consistently, some will weigh a bit heavy, and some a bit light.

So do this > Go to the grocery store and buy 1 gallon jugs of drinking water (cheap stuff.... like $1 a gallon). Bring a magic marker. Then, when you get to the counter, have them weigh these jugs for you on their "certified scales" which almost always weigh to the 1/100ths of a lb. {note: they might look at you crazy, and try to point to the weight on the jug, at which point you just have to tell them what your doing, and why}

Don't go by the weight printed on the jug. Not only is this just the minimum weight for the water in the jug (they will usually hold a touch more) but also, the weight of the jug itself is not accounted for.

Get the exact weight for 2 or 3 jugs, then hang them on your scale to find out if its weighing spot on, slightly heavy, or slightly light. Say for example, it weighs .2 lbs light, at 10 lbs, .3 light at 20 lbs, and .4 light at 30 lbs. Simply make a note of it. You could even put one of the little sticky labels on your scale, and use a waterproof pen to show your corrections.

Of course if you find out your scale is WAY off in either direction, just return the scale for one that works right.

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BTW, I always carry two Berkeley scales, + one Salter Brecknell, {a back up, for my back up ;)} which I had certified by the Dept of Weights and Measures..

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Peace,

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