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Today I caught a large silver and immediately weighed it using my berkely digital scale it showed 14lbs 15oz, which I thought was odd as I have caught many silvers that were smaller but weighed more than this one. When I got home I decided to weigh the fish again for the heck of it (after being bled and dead for several hours) and the scale said 15lbs 3oz :? . I then measured the fish and it was 32 inches long and had a 21 inch girth, so I went online and used many of the online weight calculators for salmon and got anywhere from 16.5 to just over 20 :eek: . So do guys think my scale is accurate or off a bit?

Pics don't do the fish justice
 

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The scale I have used over the last 6 months is called accu-cull. It is a tournament bass scale and weighs in 100th of a pound. VERY accurate.
 

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The only real way is to check it with another scale. Those Berkleys are pretty good scales. And what a hog of a silver! Good going! Tup:
 

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Based on fish I've caught thats about spot on for a 15lb fish. Those scale are pretty darn accurate. A 20lb fish usually is 35-37" long with a porpotionate girth. Also those fish calculators are junk, most grossly over-weight fish by 10-20%.
 

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Nice fish!!
I also have a berkley digital scale - compared it to my postal scale and it was dead nuts...
 

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yep thats a 15# wild boot Tup:
 

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yep thats a 15# wild boot Tup:
That original photo does make the fish out to be a little booty. Here's a better one that was taken just after it was caught, not chrome bright by any means but still pretty good color and it cut WAAAY to nice to be a boot wink: .

 

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Thanks all for the comments and suggestions Tup: . I weighed a 10lb downrigger ball and it came up right about 10lbs. I then weighed my 30 or 35lb (can't remember which) river anchor and it came up 27lbs, so I think its still a bit wacky but it will do for now. I might try one of those other scales in the future though.
 

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I've had the Berkley scale and didn't think much of it. Did a lot of research trying to find a really good 50lb digital scale. I ended up with a Salter-Brecknell ElectroSamson. It's very, very accurate, about $70-$80 and a great scale.
 
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