Fish Cradle

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catfishcentral, May 5, 2006.

  1. catfishcentral

    catfishcentral New Member

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    Now I'm not a bleeding heart peta member or anything and I do eat larger fish from time to time but I also let a majority of the big guys go. Weighing smaller fish by the lip is no big deal but after a fish gets over 30 pounds there can be problems. There's lots of people here that practice CPR but weighing a 50 to 75 pound fish by the lower jaw you may end up killing it, thus defeating the purpose of catch and release.

    I've been using these thick plastic slip sheets to drag my deer out of the woods for a few years now. They work great and decided to make one for weighing any really large fish that I might return to the water. These slip sheets are the size of a pallet in fact that's what there used for is placing between products and pallet for shipping. I do nothing special except put four grommet holes in each corner and some braided line to hook the fish to the scale. It's small enough to fold and roll up and not take up any room or weight for that matter.

    What a person does with their fish is their own business but if you want to return a really large fish to be caught another day. This might be a something to think about. Many records on catch in release are done in inches not weight for this reason.
     

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  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    That's a really great idea! Thanks for sharing!
     

  3. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Great idea!!! Way to be resourceful!!!:wink:
     
  4. confederate

    confederate New Member

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    That is a really great idea and post Chris, a good resource for that type material would be a trucking company that has flatbed trailers, they always have old torn up tarps that you could get for little or nothing if you ask, they probably throw away aleast a tarp a month....Just a thought..
     
  5. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Not a bad idea!

    Not to mention, wrangling a 30+ pound fish is not easy!! Thats helps out a lot.