Fishing Tip – Measure Fish Without A Measuring Stick
We’ve all been there before. You catch a big fish, look around for the measuring stick and all of the sudden it hits you, you forgot it at home. So how do you measure your great catch? How can you tell everyone how big of a fish you caught, and have them believe you? Being stuck in this predicament before, there a few different ways you can still measure your fish.
After you’ve caught the fish, pull out some extra line off of a reel or spool you have along with you. Simply hold one end of the line at one end of the fish, and stretch the line to the other end. You can then mark the line with a marker, or cut it to the length of the fish and measure the line when you get home. This is still a reliable way to measure your fish and will never leave you wondering how big that fish was.
Leatherman & Net handle (or anything else that is straight)
A lot of multi tools have a small ruler on them, even though it may only be 4 or 5 inches. Before you start fishing, hold the measuring part of the tool along the end of your net handle, and keep moving it down the handle, the length of the ruler each time. After you’ve reached a couple of lengths of the tool (15 inches or 20 inches), start scratching marks into the net handle at the lengths you will need for your species. Last fall, we forgot our measuring stick while fishing Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, and we used this method to measure our trophy walleyes and smallmouth bass. Obviously this wasn’t ideal, but it got the job done, and we could reliably measure the fish.
Another good reason for marking the length of your net handle is for the next time you forget the measuring stick, it will still be scratched on there. Saving you the embarrassment of forgetting your measuring stick. What have you done to measure fish without a measuring stick?
Good luck fish’n
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.