I have seen a lot of CPRed big fish over the years that are impaled on a scale or rope so they can be weighed. I have read many times about the stress this causes fish physically. With the fish being accustomed to gravity in the water etc. I would assume just taking a fish out of the water would be detrimental to it, then to hang the fish vertically on a scale would seem to cause significantly more damage. Im a 110% CPR guy, but I wonder if these CPRed fish are being subjected to unnecessary trauma. I have been guilty of doing this in my younger years plenty. I try to take great care of the fish to the best of my ability now. Sure big catfish arent the most easily handled fish once you get them in. But, why dont more people weigh them in the net? They are easily supported in a net and are actually easier to handle when trying to get a weight. A Coffey County Scale has a tare function and knowing how much your wet net weighs isnt that hard. I find it funny that a lot people talk about sharpening the hooks on the scales so they can easily jab the fishes jaw to get a weight, then CPR the fish. It doesnt really make sense to me, when one causes unnecessary harm to a fish. I have noticed a lot of the St. Louis guys pics showing the hanging of catfish and some that fish the Missouri river doing the same thing. Please, any thoughts, suggestions and ideas are welcome on this thread. It is all about optimal survival with CPR.