There are hundreds of variations of scales on the market to weigh catfish and over the years I have owned many different models, some of which were inexpensive options and others were high end fishing scales. Because of the nature of this item they often end of damaged or dropped in the water and need replacement.
Catfish scales have their own specific set of requirements because they have to be able to handle heavier weights than are traditionally measured by freshwater fishing scales. Most scales sold in bait and tackle shops will only weight to 35 or 50 lbs and scales that exceed 50 pounds are traditionally very expensive.
Several years ago I stumbled across a reasonably inexpensive 100 lb digital scale and decided to give them a try. I ordered one and was pleased enough with it that I ordered more and started suggesting them to others. Since this time I have watched the price of these digital scales for weighing fish drop considerably to the point you can get them now even cheaper than a 50 lb version sold through most retailers.
The American Weight H-110 Digital Scale
The American Weight 110 Lb digital scale is the cheapest and most reliable fishing scale I have found that will handle the weights or large catfish outside of a Boga Grip, yet costs a small portion of what the Boga Grip costs. The scales are not only incredibly reliable but also very accurate and again to top that all off, the price is amazing at right around $16.00 online.
The scales are so reliable that I have had three different sets of them certified without question so I can use them for weighing record catfish. This is the exact same scale that I used to weigh my son Lane’s Texas state junior angler record blue catfish.
Again, they are compact, accurate and affordable and despite their low price point they hold up really well. The only complaint I have about these scales is the top handle is so small that it can make the scale a little difficult to hold when you are weighing really heavy fish, especially if you have large hands. I also use this in combination with a lip grip and my dip net of weighing big catfish easier (you can learn more in our article on catfishing lip grips).
Recently a close friend and fellow catfish guide ordered another 110 lb digital scale made by the same manufacturer with a variation on the scale that makes it easier to handle, and makes it easier to hold the device while you are weighing big fish. This is the LS-110 model and is also in the same price point around $16.00 each. The LS-110 model has a T shaped designed creating two handles on either side.
Now head over to the Learn To Catch Catfish Community and tell us what kind of scales you use for weighing fish!