I bought this scale at BPS (item #38-467-342-00) on sale for about $15. It's hand size, grey in color and has a rather large hook hanging from a bead chain. It says it weighs from 0 to 50lbs so take it to the garden store and weigh those fertilizer sacks before you buy them. Before the Tackle Review group was started by Doug Rorer, someone had posted a general discussion asking if anyone knew of a good scale for gills. This scale was mentioned and I think called a piece of junk in one of the replies. Now I live hours from a BPS so when I go I shop like my mother did, I'll pick up anything that catches my eye and give it the once over. Takes hours. Well there one of those pieces of junk was on sale. I already knew it was a piece of junk because somebody else said so, but it was on sale! And it was the same color as my boat. OH TAY!
When I got it home, I read the instruction book inside. I reset it from kilograms to pounds and ounces and turned it off. I went to Radio Shack and bought a pack of small electronic alligator clips. I hung one by fishing line from that giant shark hook that came with it and again followed the instructions and zeroed it out for TARE. I guess that means it only measures what I put on the alligator clip because the clip and the bead chain and the shark hook are zeroed out. That sure seems to be what happens anyway. Now, when I turn it on, it flashes zeroes for a couple of seconds, then settles on 0.00. Every time. Now I clip a gill by the bottom lip and up pops the weight of the gill, 5lbs, 2oz. Wait, I meant 0.52oz.
I've weighed a number of gills with it and it seems to be very consistent and reasonably close to the results of some of the formulas I have seen that approximate the weight of various fish. I would wager it's more accurate except for one thing. On the back in magnifier only, same color as the body print, it says Made In China, Not Legal For Trade. Well DUH! I'll probably win the lottery before I catch a record class fish anyway. If you want to lug expensive certified scales around just in case, go ahead. It's your boat, back, and dream. I think this one works OK and I got it on sale. Did I mention it's the same color as my boat?
I give it 3.05 stars. Formula says 2.96