EconoScale Fish Scales
cost effective buy
The econolipper does very well at its main job, holding the fish secure while giving you a chance to unhook and take some photos. It appears to be solidly constructed as well. It is long enough to give you some safety room from sharp-toothed fish but still compact and light enough to be carried easily in a pocket or attached to a belt loop via the lanyard. The only criticism is that on the 25 lb model which I ordered the scale only measures in 1 lb increments. A scale measuring by 1/4 lbs would have been just as easy to make. I do not know if the 15 lb model is the same way. Overall a good product for handling fish but I cannot give it the top score due to the scale issues.
February 6, 2007
Excellent Gripper, Poor Scale
This is great for grabbing hold of your catch and helps prevent you from getting hooks or teeth in your fingers (if your caught one of those toothy critters). Once you've got the fish grabbed with this it isn't going anywhere. Its a lot easier to practice CPR (catch, picture, release) when you use one of these. They should change the name to EconoGripper. The "scale" is pretty much worthless.
April 12, 2009
I purchased this catch and release scale to weigh fish mostly in the area of 1-10 pounds. When I recently caught a nice size striped bass and weighed him, the scale registered 4.5 pounds. To me it seemed the fish weighed more. When I got home I weighed two hand barbells, each weighing three pounds and instead of registering six pounds, the scale registerd four (4) pounds. Quite a bit of inaccuracy, at this low scale reading. Don't know if it would have got better (more accurate) for larger size/weight fish but, figured it should be accurate throughout it's advertised range of up to 20 pounds. Returned it and bought a BassPro (also manual) model.
June 15, 2011
The EconoLipper is a great tool. I use it everytime I go out. The stainless steel construction makes it very durable in harsh saltwater conditions. My only complaint is that: I wish they had a model that measured a heavier weight. I now it works on the big ones, it held up a 45" redfish just fine, just had to weight the fish with another scale.
July 11, 2007