Weighing the Pros and Cons of Fish Scales: The Best Fish Weighing Scales for 2024 Reviewed

Do you want to improve your tournament rankings? They’re lost and won by ounces, not pounds, and an accurate scale is essential fishing gear for any serious angler.
Reviewed by: John Baltes
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TOP 3 FISH SCALES

While keeping your buddies honest may be the most common use of a fishing scale, tournament anglers know that money is won or lost during the culling, not just the catching. 

As a result, an accurate, dependable scale isn’t just nice to have - it’s absolutely essential.

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Bubba knows fishing. Period.

Their Pro Series Smart Fish Scale is among the best you’ll find at any price, and let’s take a closer look at why.

The Bubba sports a cleverly designed grip that shares a general aesthetic with its line of filet and fishing knives. It’s not everyone's cup of tea, but it won’t be hard to find on a deck, spot on a pier, or lose track of in your garage.
It’s surprisingly easy to hold steady under the weight of a bass, and it keeps the screen right where you need it to read it.

As its name suggests, the Pro Series is full-featured: designed around the needs of tournament anglers, it features its own smart-culling system that records the weights of as many as eight fish, has a programmable limit, and automatically culls your smallest fish.

That really can speed up and simplify the culling process when the pressure’s on.

It also sports Competition and Rally modes that are designed around having a good time rather than fierce competition for prize money.

Bubba’s Pro Series offers pinpoint accuracy as well, delivering weights within +/- 0.3%. You can have confidence that your livewell total will weigh what you think it does when it comes time for the big moment.

Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery that will outlast you on the water, the Pro Series is IPX7 rated for waterproofness, meaning it ignores rain, humidity, splashing, and even a quick dunking.

There’s a lot to love about the Bubba, and it’s incredibly popular on the water for a lot of reasons. Get one, and we can all but guarantee you’ll love it.

Max. weight: 60 lbs.

Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion

Pros:

  • Surprisingly great no-slip grip
  • Easy to read screen
  • Very accurate
  • Multiple modes
  • Automatic culling system weighs as many as eight fish
  • Rechargeable battery with awesome run times
  • IPX7 waterproof rating

Cons:

  • Expensive!

 

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Long-time readers of USAngler will know that we’re huge fans of Accu-Cull’s culling system, and it should come as no surprise that we love their waterproof scale, too.

And while you won’t need a scale that weighs fish as heavy as 110 pounds for bass tournaments, don’t pass over the excellent Accu-Cull if you like an easy to read, simple to use, extremely accurate scale.

For big fish that need precise weighing, the Accu-Cull is very hard to beat.

Simply zero-out the weighing sling, harness that monster, and lift: you’ll have the options of pounds to the hundreth, pounds and ounces, or kilograms. It beeps automatically when the weight is registered in full, and has an automatic shut off to save battery life.

Rugged and durable, it’s protected against rain, splashes, and high humidity, defying Mother Nature to shut it down.

And don’t overlook the utility of the Accu-Cull for just that: tournament culling.

Quickly weighing bass to the ounce can make or break you when the pressure’s on, and in conjunction with their outstanding culling system, this scale has your back until the final weigh-in.

I’d recommend using a fish gripper for weighing bass, as the J-hook can injure them as well as risk them wriggling loose.

Max. weight: 110 lbs.

Batteries: 2 AAA

Pros:

  • Durable and water resistant
  • Incredibly accurate
  • Two handed grip
  • Weighs up to 110 lbs in pounds, pounds and ounces, or kg
  • Auto shut off
  • Tare weight (zero-out) function makes weighing big fish easy

Cons:

  • Not as full function as the Bubba Pro Series
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Eastaboga’s analog scale, known as the “Boga” among angling cognoscenti, is the Cadillac of analog scales. Its top-end price tag is matched by its performance, and in many respects, it’s the measure against which all other saltwater scales should be judged.

The Boga is easy to use. The attached grippers lock into place with vice-like efficiency and an audible click, and an internal spring hidden by the metal exterior measures weight in one-pound increments. That’s not what you’re looking for in a culling scale at a bass tournament to be sure, but these scales can be certified by the Internal Game Fishing Association.

Indeed, they’re renowned for top-notch half-pound increment accuracy.

The Boga features a rotating grip, protecting the mouths of large fish as they struggle during weighing. That may not seem like an essential feature, but when you’ve got a 20-pound fish trying to break free, it’s the difference between catch and release or death.

Built to withstand years of use in saltwater, the Boga looks and feels like the high-dollar item it is. Seriously. When you pick this scale up, you’ll be impressed.

Its durability is legendary, and you can expect it to outlast you!

Yes, there are many imitators, including the well-reviewed Entsport. But buyer beware! Not only do these knock-offs not feature the rotating grip, resulting in lots of injured fish, but they also don’t weigh accurately at all.

If you’re looking for an analog fish scale for saltwater, this is the one to buy.

Max. weight: 30 lbs.

Pros:

  • Robust!
  • Incredibly accurate
  • Top-notch grippers
  • Awesome handle and premium materials throughout

Cons:

  • Expensive!
  • Not as full function as the Bubba Pro Series

 

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Brecknell is a scale company with a strong reputation, and while the ElectroSamson is a great scale on dry land, I’m not sure I’m completely sold on its utility for tournament anglers.

Brecknell manufactures this scale with a variety of Max. weights; we chose the 55-pound model over the 22-pound alternative because the lighter-limit scale is older tech. Otherwise, that maximum would be fine for bass fishing.

The ElectroSamson has a two-handed grip that’s useful for weighing big fish, especially while they’re struggling or when you’ve been fishing all day and lack the one-handed strength you started the morning with.

The push-button controls are easy to use, and including a tare option with memory in case you need that function to zero a weighing sling or fish gripper.

The LCD display is easy to read and battery life is great. Weights are available in pounds and kilograms, but only in hundreths in either case. That’s not a major problem, but if pounds and ounces are essential to you, look elsewhere.

There’s one more thing to consider as you weigh the pros and cons of this scale: it’s not waterproof.

I’d keep this scale out of the rain, and I’d be ready to buy a new one if it goes over the side.

Of course, like all scales with a J-hook, you’ll want to equip it with a fish gripper to protect the fishes’ fragile mouths and better secure them as they struggle to escape.

Is the ElectroSamson outgunned by its competition?

Only you can decide that, but there’s no denying its great grip, accuracy, or ease of use.

Max. weight: 55 lbs.

Batteries: 9v alkaline

Pros:

  • Excellent two-handed grip
  • Easy-to-use button controls
  • Easy-to-read LCD screen
  • Great battery life
  • Very accurate

Cons:

  • No pounds and ounces 
  • Not waterproof
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Here at USAngler, we typically love Rapala products, and their Touch Screen Scale is no exception.

Rapala supplies this scale with a nice grip that, like the Bubba, puts the screen right where you need it.

The backlit touchscreen can be a bit complicated at first, but if you read the instructions and spend a few minutes at home working through the kinks, you’ll have no trouble on the water at all.

This scale measures weight in decimal pounds, pounds and ounces, and decimal kilograms, so if pounds and ounces are a must, this is a great choice for you. A tare weight option also allows for assisted weighing with real accuracy.

Up to eight fish can be recorded at once, but keep in mind that their weights will be displayed in decimal pounds. That shouldn’t be an issue, as the only purpose this function serves is culling.

Two AA batteries keep this Rapala scale running for roughly 400 hours, so battery life is a non-issue if you keep some spares on your boat.

Finally, the Touch Screen Scale is water resistant, a nod to the real-world conditions anglers face on the water.

For anglers that want a less expensive option than the Bubba Pro Series, this is a great choice.

Max. weight: 50 lbs.

Batteries: 2 AA

Pros:

  • Great no-slip grip
  • Easy to read screen
  • Stores the weights of as many as eight fish
  • Great battery life
  • Water resistant

Cons:

  • Can be a little complicated at first

Buying Guide: What to Look for among the Best Fish Weighing Scales

Digital vs. Analog

Right off the top, it’s worth asking the obvious question: digital or analog?

Digital scales - are typically easier to read, and some feature memory that can record your catch’s weight. They require batteries, though, and are far less durable than analog alternatives.

Analog or Spring Scales - Analog scales are entirely mechanical, and the top-end models use a carefully calibrated spring to assess weight. Without the need for batteries, and with no electronics to worry about, they’re typically very durable, but they can be a bit harder to read than digital alternatives. It’s also worth noting that good analog scales can be very expensive. That said, they’re amazingly accurate.

Batteries

Long battery life is important for digital scales, and you certainly don’t want them failing unexpectedly! With some digital scales, low batteries can affect accuracy, so it’s a good idea to keep spares on hand and to make sure to change them often.

Accuracy

An inaccurate scale is worthless.

A good scale should deliver repeatable precision, fish after fish and season after season.

Durability and Water Resistance

A fishing scale should be able to absorb the bumps and bruises of outdoor life. From a hard knock on a gunwale to a drop on the dock, these little accidents shouldn’t kill it.

A sudden storm or the occasional splash should be tolerable, too, but obviously, mechanical scales have the advantage here. In fact, our research reveals that even the best digital scales should be kept high and dry if at all possible.

Final Thoughts

Tournament anglers know that culling is second only to catching in ensuring a win, and the right scale can make all the difference.

Our top picks are accurate, durable, easy to use, making them very popular among professional anglers. If you’re looking to improve your odds - and get into the prize money - one of our top picks will be a step in the right direction.

As always, we’re here to answer any questions you might have, so please leave a comment below.

About The Author
John Baltes
Chief Editor & Contributor
If it has fins, John has probably tried to catch it from a kayak. A native of Louisiana, he now lives in Sarajevo, where he's adjusting to life in the mountains. From the rivers of Bosnia to the coast of Croatia, you can find him fishing when he's not camping, hiking, or hunting.
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