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What do you use?

Starting this year I'll try to measure my fish not only by weight but by length as well. I'll need this to be very compact where I can put in my backpack (foldable) when bank fishing and can take a long in kayak with ease.

I'm interested in this one but other suggestions are welcome.

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Hey Kicker, hoping someone answers your questions because I was just about to post this same topic.  I'm a bank fisherman and tired of guessing, or measuring by fishing pole!

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@JustJames I have a honor one, was given to me in a tourney last spring. I like it it’s just not collapsible. I haven’t seen any like that best I can think of is a soft measuring tape that you could get at a sewing store.

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The members of my fishing club often wade or float rivers so this measuring tape, that the club provides free to members, has been a popular choice. The ring provides a convenient way to hang it from a chest pack or tackle box.

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2 hours ago, tander said:

 Get a good metal one that won't break. The official ruler of BASS,

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/gator-grip-golden-rule-measuring-board

Only 18" long? That's like carrying around a scale that maxes out at 4lbs. 

 

I'm also interested in what others say OP I will probably be getting one myself soon. I'm not sure about you but I'd prefer one of the "trough" style ones like the one in your picture so the fish are held in place while the kayak is rocking around. 

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I do have soft measuring tape that come with my scale. To measure with tape often time I have to lay the fish down on whatever floor which I don't do that any more. With measuring board I can wet the board and lay the fish in it.

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https://www.austinkayak.com/products/8737/Hawg-Trough-Fish-Measuring-Device.html

 

The Hawg Trough seems to be the "standard" for most kayak guys I run into.  They are reasonably durable and if you glue wooden dowels into the cavities on the back, it becomes quite strong and floats.  They are too big for me personably to carry on the bank, but one would fit in most stretchy waterbottle holder.  

 

For walking the bank I use a small luggage scale that someone on here linked to the last time scales came up.  It was like $5 on ebay and with a mini-lip-gripper attached, it is very compact and fits in my back pocket.  

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I put a measuring tape on my rod.  Glued on.

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Personal use or tournament use? The tape measure is easier to carry then any board and you can lay down a bass on a wet towel that folds up into a plastic zip lock bag.

Tournaments require a Will He Go type board to bump the closed mouth into and allow pinching the the tail to measure the tail tips.

The Plano telescoping board photo should work for you.

Tom

 

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1 hour ago, thinkingredneck said:

I put a measuring tape on my rod.  Glued on.

That was way in the past. I used white sticker to mark 15" 20" and 24" but that way still required laying the fish down to take picture.

@fishwizzard I look at that one too, but 30" long that gonna be a hell carry around. 

I also used to carry thin silicon board with me in case I need to put the fish down but over time it is just hard to manage and that thing disappeared.

Man I know now why my wife always complains I care more about bass than her lol.

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I wonder if something like Tyvek would help protect the fish if one wanted to lay it down?  It is so slick that it should not abrade the slime coat off too badly and even a 2x3 piece will fold up small enough to fit in you pocket.   

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When Bassin Mag had thier big bass contest they supplied entries with a 3" wide tape measure that rolled up and fit in a pocket, maybe a member still has one. 

Tom

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4 hours ago, JustJames said:

I do have soft measuring tape that come with my scale. To measure with tape often time I have to lay the fish down on whatever floor which I don't do that any more. With measuring board I can wet the board and lay the fish in it.

Google expandable bump board. Looks nice and breaks down into 3 Or four pieces. Measures from 8-36 inches. Its dark green in color and fairly inexpensive

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If you have some large diameter PVC lying around, I've seen pretty decent ones made DIY, and you can choose the length and add a bump if you want, plus add an official adhesive ruler if you do tournaments. I might end up going this route. 

 

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TW carries a LMB release ruler that rolls up, 3" X 32" 2015 ICast award winner. 

Tom

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This what I just picked up, well the wife got it for me for Christmas on my request. They're pricey but of great quality and will last a lifetime. 

 http://workingclasszero.bigcartel.com/product/limited-edition-big-bass-measure-board

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anybody remember those Stren adhesive strip tapes that came in each box of line? i had one in my old Sea Nymph.

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Thanks everyone, I end up ordered the one I posted. This one fold to about 18" and should be stable enough to lay on uneven like rocks or my lap in kayak, will see how this works first.

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I'm a little late on this one but I picked this one up recently......

Folds down to 12" and opens to 36" and it floats....

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12 minutes ago, Crow Horse said:

I'm a little late on this one but I picked this one up recently......

Folds down to 12" and opens to 36" and it floats....

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Thx, I like this one too and seem stable enough. If the one I ordered isn't working I might get this one next.

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3 hours ago, MDBowHunter said:

This what I just picked up, well the wife got it for me for Christmas on my request. They're pricey but of great quality and will last a lifetime. 

 http://workingclasszero.bigcartel.com/product/limited-edition-big-bass-measure-board

I considered one of these but I almost don't trust myself not to ruin the wood by getting it soaking wet over time. 

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Compared to the Hawg Trough, the Fish Stick is built like a tank. It's really solid. And it floats as is.....

 

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5 hours ago, MDBowHunter said:

This what I just picked up, well the wife got it for me for Christmas on my request. They're pricey but of great quality and will last a lifetime. 

 http://workingclasszero.bigcartel.com/product/limited-edition-big-bass-measure-board

I ended up with Gilbert's roll-up version

http://workingclasszero.bigcartel.com/product/travel-ready-big-bass-measuring-board

It's a bit easier for the hiking I have to do.

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