Rapala Sportsman's 50-lb. Digital Fishing Scale
Works great. Auto shut off is a great thing to have.
January 29, 2011
Weigh the options
For the price, this scale is well worth it. It has quite a few options for a digital scale at this price. I own two...one in the boat and one I keep on the porch for when I do some quick fishing from shore near the house. This scale is very easy to use, has large numbers that will show up on photographs, is lightweight and relatively durable. The auto-off feature is great for when you get caught up in that high adrenalin picture taking and high-fiving tradition after a lunker has been landed and forget to turn off the scale after using it. In conclusion, this scale works, maybe even a little better than higher priced models.
July 13, 2006
Workhouse, dependable... could be more accurate
For the money, this is an excellent scale. It is very dependable. It uses normal batteries (as opposed to lithium). It has features that surprise you for the cost (auto shut-off, multiple fish memory, etc.).
The one area it could stand to improve is in accuracy for low weight fish. For example, fish weighing between 0.5 -- 2.0 lbs generally have a range on this scale, so weigh the fish multiple times or use a culling board.
Overall though, this is an excellent scale for the price, and I would recommend it to anyone. It cannot be beaten by any scale under $100.
July 11, 2006
I used one of these for 3-4 years before exchanging for a flat scale like you use for food preparation. True, the flat scale is not good for every-day fishing use, but is much better for local 'tournaments.' The Rapala was always touchy, hard to reset, and hard to read after a year or so. If you keep it covered & only use it to measure your own big fish - its OK.
July 11, 2006