Monday, January 28, 2013

The One That Got Away: My Hawg Trough Modifications

     I fished in my first NTKBF this fall at Purtis Creek and didn't fair too well, but I did get some great advice from a fishing buddy of mine, Bryan Row. I had been having some problems with my fish jumping off  my Hawg Trough before I could get the picture snapped. I was struggling with holding my fish on the board, trying to look through my camera to take the pic, and hold the identifier in the picture. CPR (catch,photo,release) is one giant multitasking nightmare for me.

     After getting some great advice from Brian about modifying the measuring board to add bungee cords to hold the fish down. I really liked this idea of freeing up one hand to take quality pictures without worrying about your fish jumping off. There are many ways that this can be done to accomplish the idea to suit your own needs. I know that the way that I rigged mine is different from Brian's and Chris Payne's but it was the same concept that I adapted.

    First I bought a pack of small bungee cords with the metal hooks on the ends. I cut one end off and burned it with a lighter to keep it from fraying. I drilled holes large enough to pull the cut end of the bungee through and tie a knot so that it doesn't pull through the hole and the knot doesn't show. I stretched the bungee to about a foot cut small notch so that the hooked end of the bungee easily be slipped into the notch while trying to hold a fish on there.

      So far the "X" pattern has worked well for me and has served its purpose. I know some guys like to use a criss-cross look and others prefer one strap across the middle. The possibilities and adaptations are endless so I encourage you to toss some ideas around and if you see that losing fish is a problem for you then hopefully you will find this helpful.

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