Do you love big bluegill?
The one I have is a South Bend spring tension scale. It is small and compact and I dont think I paid more than $4 for it.
But I doubt it offers much in the way of absolute accuracy. It will get you to within a few ounces and after that you gotta accept it's limits.
You might consider one of the counter weight, postal scales. They are fairly compact, if a bit fiddly to work with. However, they are accurate by design. I haven't seen them in years, but they can still be had off ebay:
Then there are the cheap China, digital scales. These are the best of modern mass produced efficiency, if a bit fragile for field use. But they are cheap - did I mention that?...
Or just try searching for "fishing scale," "hand held scale," "luggage scale," etc on ebay. A bunch of options come up.
@ Vic - I was gonna also mention the scales WE used back in the good 'ol, free wheeling "hippie days," (wink, wink). It might be noted they were the postal type handhelds mentioned above...
Jeff, I took the plunge and ordered one of the cheap China handhelds off ebay. Total cost was $3.58 shipped. The specs read like this:
Weight: 75gr, Size:10 x 5 x 2cm (3 oz, 4 x 2 x 1 inch)
Max Weighing: 40Kg
Min Weighing: 20g
Weight Modes: Kg, lb, oz , Jin
Tare mode and locking mode
Auto power off function
Low power alarm
Power supply: 2 x 1.5V AAA batteries
Ill let you know how it works when I get it.
Jeff -Check this out :http://bigbluegill.com/forum/topics/weighing-bluegill
I have a cheap Berkley digital scale. I think it was $19.95 on sale at Cabela's. It weighs in .lb. and .oz. I didn't realize it just weighed in the full ounce. This is fine for most people but some like a scale that shows hundredths. i. e. 2.68 rather than 2.7
I have a Digital Scale made by Normark... Runs on a a single 9 volt battery... weighs fish up to 5 lbs..
Very accurate and the great thing is it has a TARE feature which enables you to weigh the fish in a net... bag or even a bucket... I prefer this method because I hate to see any fisherman sticking a hook scale into a fishes mouth or gills. Takes a while to get used to it because unlike a regular scale the spring doesn't actually move... seems weird at first but you'll get used to it. Great scale for our type of fishing Mate...
Hey thanks Rob! When I'm out at Perris in my 'tube (which has been a lot lately), I get a lot of fish where I'm just basically guessing their weights. I would like to get a scale that is not too expensive and is small and accurate. Jim's got that gold spring scale on the boat, which he says is accurate, might get one of those, but your Normark sounds good, Where did you get yours?
When are we going fishing?