The Hawg Trough Fish Measuring Device has almost become the standard measuring device for fisherman across the country. Its concave design cradles the fish for simple measurement. Available in white and yellow the Hawg Trough measures fish in 1/4 inch increments from 8 inches to 30 inches in length. A word of advice: The Hawg Trough does not float but it luckily has holes on either end to attach a leash.
|Length:||18 in / 45.72 cm|
|Width:||3 in / 7.62 cm|
Product was what I was looking for. I had to break out the Sharpie to fill in the lines to make it easier to read in photographs. I added 1/2 inch foam backer rod in the channels on the back to make it float. Great product!
I just can't give it more than three stars. This is my second one and I only bought it because, well it's required for the tournaments. Why just three stars. First it's been out a while and by now the mfg. should have figured out we are having to use a permanent marker to highlight the division marks. 2nd the first one I had broke because it's really just a little too flimsy for kayakers and should be made a little thicker/stiffer. 3rd We have to modify them to make them float. So the idea is great and with a little effort from the manufacturer they could be a 5 star product.
I recently purchased my third Hawg Trough. Unfortunately, I broke the other two. That's my only complaint with them. The plastic is a little brittle. I am considering gluing some foam padding to the back, so that it will be less likely to get broken and so that it will float. I do like the width, which enables better picture taking of a fish to be released than a narrow measuring device. I always take a Sharpie and highlight the measurement increments, but this isn't difficult. While I don't like the fact the the Hawg Trough isn't rugged, the fact that I have bought the same product to replace the ones I broke speaks to the fact that I still think it is the best device for the purpose that is available.
Great measuring tool! Just wish that the lines were colored in ahead of time, then it would be worth six stars.