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Boga grip question

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I have long looked at buying a scale instead of measuring and guesstimating, I finally broke down and bought a boga #15 pound scale grip. I have long read about the negative effects of suspending fish by the grip and also by hooking in the gills. So how accurate could I be by putting a fish I wanted to weigh in a weigh in bag and weighing it with the grip that way? I planned on trying it by hooking a smaller in the lip and then putting him in the bag to check the difference, but I was wondering what you guys think would be the safest way to use the weighing system?

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  Unless you keep the fish out of the water for too long, or lay it in the dirt, sand & gravel, carefully weighing it might not be a concern.

Especially when one considers the damage setting a 5/0 worm hook in the basses throat can do - or a nailing a bass in the grill with a crank or jerk bait with 2 or 3 sets of treble hooks with a Hollywood Hook Set. 

I have & use a Boga grip and It doesn't hurt the fish.  I also have one of these that seems to work well too.

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Awesome thanks a lot, I read a lot of controversy in the bigger sport fish world about boga grips. But I strongly dislike cheaper digital scales and I figured if I was gonna spend money on a set I might as well get what I wanted. Hopefully the scale will do me many years.

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Weigh the bag and subtract that from what the scale says with a fish in it. Not the most accurate but probably the best you can hope for doing it that way. 

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Dan if you use a plastic bag it probably won't register more than an ounce or two. I have been using a boga for well over 15 years & never had any perceived trauma from bass by hanging them vertically. You will learn to interpolate by reading between the lines to get weights rounded to the nearest 2 ounces rather than a quarter pound. 

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