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Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:21:24 PM »

Maybe some of you Musky/Pike guys have thoughts? I am looking for a cradle of some sort to use at Stannard Rock.  For the most part, we try to release most of the bigger fish we get out there, and I'm looking at options on better ways to land, and more importantly weigh these fish before we release them.  My estimates on fish weights are rarely more then a pound or two off of the actual weight, but customers (and friends) don't always believe me...  I will not weigh any fish we are planning on releasing because hanging them vertically and hooking under the gill to weigh them will cause serious damage to a fish of that size.

I was thinking of a sling or a cradle that could be zeroed on the scale, and then used to lift the fish that way to weigh it before releasing them.  I wanted to see if anyone has any first hand experience with any of the available options.  I've looked on line and done some research, but would love to hear first hand experience on any particular models or brands.

I hope to make as many runs as possible out there during BOTH weeks of summer this year... :nuts:
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 12:44:01 PM »

Best option IMO is build your own , if you want get a hold of me I've built a few not hard to do
And I've been working on a design for this specifically.
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 12:53:01 PM »

As far as landing a fish I think it would have its issues. I have used them before and they work great for smaller inland boats because you are close to the water. With a boat like yours it would be too high to reach the water on most occasions. IMO these would be great like you mentioned for weighing fish and releasing but I think you would still end up using your normal landing net to get them in the boat especially on rough days or with a fiesty fish.  

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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2013, 01:12:31 PM »

Get a big fancy rubber net that doesn't tangle up and take half the slime off the fish.....weigh the net wet......hook scale to net and weigh the fish in net....subtract the net weight and there you have it.   I been watching lots of big fish videos on youtube this winter....that's the most common way I've seen
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2013, 01:25:40 PM »

The main point of the cradle is to not let the fish flop around, it takes
Some practice to get the fish in.
  I do like arns idea, I have yet to find a net and ring to hold said fish
All the rubber ones seem flimsy, I had one bend on a 5lb bass
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2013, 01:30:20 PM »

For the monsters john puts his clients on at the rock....he might need gary toth to make him a net frame!  :rock:
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2013, 02:24:31 PM »

frabil conservation series nets  basket style nets with no knots in the mesh
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2013, 07:28:11 PM »

Had a pretty bad case of musky fever for a few years, used a floating cradle that had inches printed on one of the sticks, velcro that held it together after the fish was slid in and a couple cords to hang from a scale. Great set-up, but as mentioned, you need to be down close enough to the water to do all that. I know there is a lot of fancy musky stuff out there, giant nets shaped like scoops and other release equipment. Google Rollie and Helen's Musky Shop, they have EVERYTHING. You might be able to make one that drops into the water with ropes on each end, not sure how it would work in rough water. When everything works good, they are just guided into the cradle without a lot of upward pressure. Fish do calm way down once they are in there.
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 07:26:43 AM »

John, did you end up getting one?  And if yes, what are your thoughts?
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 11:42:41 PM »

frabil conservation series nets  basket style nets with no knots in the mesh

+2 on this, I bought one of these for coaster fishing in Canada, now use it for everything but kings. Not flimsy at all and a decent net bag. Dont know if the largest size is large enough for John's use though:

http://frabill.com/landing-nets/conservation-series.html
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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 12:02:34 AM »

Here's a video I just got sent, shows them using a musky type cradle on a few big boys:

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Re: Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2013, 03:03:21 PM »

I realize this thread is getting a bit old, but thought I'd throw in my two cents worth.  For a cradle to work it needs to be nearly parallel to the surface of water so the fish can be guided into it.  On a big boat like John's where you're so high above the water, this would not work.  I've used a hybrid cradle/net that Frabill made for a time, but found it a very cumbersome thing to handle.

For better or worse, a net is still the best way to go, especially the new "conservation" style nets which really save a lot of wear on the fish.

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