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Old 10-12-2017, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default IGFA certified scale

I plan to try and eclipse some records and wanted to keep a certified scale in the boat. It looks like a BOGA would work but would prefer digital if possible. I didn't want to spend the money on a very fancy/expensive one like available at Melton. Anyone have any insight or recommendations?
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If I'm not mistaken, you can purchase a scale and send it to IGFA to get certified for a year or so. Cost is around $40. I believe you can also have it certified after your catch has been made. This is for scales under 100#. Anything over 100# would have to be certified by your states department of agriculture or another agency that requires certified scales. Hope this helps.
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If I'm not mistaken, you can purchase a scale and send it to IGFA to get certified for a year or so. Cost is around $40. I believe you can also have it certified after your catch has been made. This is for scales under 100#. Anything over 100# would have to be certified by your states department of agriculture or another agency that requires certified scales. Hope this helps.
This is exactly what I thought. However, I didn't want to waste time buying something like a digital Rapala scale only to have it fail certification. Would that be a concern or are most scales going to pass certification?

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So you want to catch world records but youre worried about $100 scale?
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So you want to catch world records but youre worried about $100 scale?
I'm worried about wasted time and money.

$100 wouldn't cover the 30lb boga much less the higher rated scales. Wanted digital but the certified digital scales are $1300 from what I have seen. I know full and well the costs associated with what I'm doing.

Seems reasonable to look for a cheaper digital option and hoping someone would have insight.
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I'd probably steer clear of digital scales. Spending the money on a quality mechanical scale like Chatillon would be my recommendation. BTW, what records are you looking to chase?
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I'd probably steer clear of digital scales. Spending the money on a quality mechanical scale like Chatillon would be my recommendation. BTW, what records are you looking to chase?

Thanks for the input.

Line class female records.

Multiple that can be eclipsed. Some can be broken off my dock. Going to start with some that look easy and see how the experience is with the paperwork and all.

Not planning for "all tackle" records but you never know!
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Every state has different procedures for weigh ins when attempting to file a catch. Most require two different certified scale weigh ins, which must witnessed. Are you willing to rely upon a personal scale for 1 of those weigh ins?

My friend caught a 54lb Striper which at the time became the all time Delaware stare record. He was lucky a game warden showed up and helped him get a second weight and complete an application. 3 days later Delaware recognized the app. There are scores of technicalities you have to be aware of.

My club has multiple certified digital scales so I could care less about what a hanging scale on my boat says!
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My partner has some state, Australian and IGFA line class records. Itís pretty fun testing yourself to chase fish, especially on ultralight gear.

The paperwork and procedures are not that difficult, and obviously all the IGFA angling rules must be adhered to.

Just check but weigh-ins for records normally have to be done on land, so spending a bomb on certified scales for the boat is probably a waste, but itís good to have a decent set to see if your capture is close to the record youíre chasing.

Good luck.
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Just check but weigh-ins for records normally have to be done on land...
You are correct and thanks for the well wishes.

However, for junior and below records they don't have to be on land. Hoping the kids can get a cool certificate and will do so practicing catch and release.

Ordered a scale today. It's going to be fun.
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I expect pwrhd has likely read this but perhaps it would be of interest to others here:

https://www.igfa.org/Fish/SCALES-AND...FICATION-.aspx
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