A weighing sling is a vital piece of fishing equipment on the bank. Of course one of the main reasons you are fishing is for bragging rights for the size of fish you have caught, isn’t it? Just kidding, the best way to weigh your fish is by using a weighing sling. If you don’t really care what size the fish is, then it isn’t necessary to have one, but it’s nice to know you have beaten your personal best, right?

To me, the weighing sling is a must-have item on the bank to ensure I am caring for the carp correctly. Of course, carp care is one of the most important aspects of carp fishing.

If you are going to weigh the fish, you’ll need a sling to hold it in. You can get weighing slings with zips on and massive ones for massive fish such as catfish and large carp. My very first sling when I started out, was just a cheap sling from Argos, it was OK for the fish I was targeting then, generally doubles or less, it held a 17lber fine. But, now I am targeting carp upwards of 20lbs, I have purchased a better sling which has lasted for years now.

Floating Weighing Sling

Floating Weighing Sling floats in the water to allow fish to recover

I have two weighing slings, once without the zips and the float similar to this one, and one with floats and zips like this one.

My new sling is the XL version, so it has plenty of space to fit the larger occupants of the lakes I visit, as well as straps to allow me to securely hold the fish when weighing, but also a zip to make sure the fish can’t slip out and injure itself.

Make sure you thoroughly wet the sling before putting the fish in it, and zero the scales to allow for the weight of the wet sling – no cheating!


One word of warning, as well as fishing nets, weighing slings can really smell once they have been used, so it’s worth getting a stink bag similar to the one in this photo at the same time as buying a weighing sling. This will save your car from stinking on the way home and save you from getting in trouble with your partner so well worth buying.

Weigh Sling and Stink Bag

Weigh Sling and Stink Bag


If you want to spend a bit more money, you could invest in a floating weighing sling. They don’t fold down as small as the regular weighing sling, but are very handy when letting the fish rest in the water after a catch, but also when letting the fish go.

There are larger versions available too if you hunt for large carp or catfish.

The absolute, main priority is to keep the fish safe and the floating weighing sling keeps the fish safer than the other slings, the floating sling has solid floating bars at the top which gives more support to the fish when inside of the sling.


To make your life easier when weighing carp, you could use a weighing tripod.

Weighing tripod’s are usually set up at the beginning of the session and left up to be used when weighing fish.

There is a hook at the top of the tripod to hang your weighing scales and weighing sling from it, this will save your arms from shaking and aching when trying to weigh the fish.

These are especially useful for weighing large carp, and particularly if you happen to catch a catfish.

Tripods are also available with extendable legs, which are also worth considering.


A weighing is very similar to a tripod, but can be thought of as a monopod as it has only one single leg that you rest on the floor, then lift the carp up on the other end to weigh it.


In my opinion, a Weighing T-bar is a must have item. It gives you a better grip when using then weighing scales. Most weighing scales only have a look on the top, which are difficult to hold when weighing carp or catfish. A weighing t-bar hooks on to the weighing scales and are padded to make it easier to get a good grip.