image:photo of the BASS measurement tape

 

Length to weight conversion measure for European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

The BASS tape measure has been designed to enable bass anglers to have a packable and durable piece of equipment which dispenses with the need to carry a set of weighing scales. On one edge are the measuring increments (in centimetres) and on the opposing edge the length to weight calculations (in lbs and ozs). Whether you retain the occasional bass for the table (above the minimum size limit) or release all your catch, the tape allows you to measure your bass and be able to read off a scientifically calculated weight from the length measurement. To obtain the most accurate reading from the tape, it is preferable that you measure the total length i.e. measure from the nose of the bass to the end of the flattened down (and closed) tail.

The tape is made of a product called Tyvek and can be crumpled up and shoved in your pocket with no ill effects (to you or the tape!). Due to the nature of the material it is tear-resistant, rot-proof, water-proof – in fact it appears near enough indestructible (so ideal for a saltwater environment). It also does not stretch.

The tape is not only useful to bass anglers. As many angling competitions are currently run to total length of fish caught this measuring tape would prove invaluable to all anglers for measuring their catch. (NB – the length to weight calculation is only applicable for European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax).

The tapes may be purchased by non-members as well as BASS members and are available for the princely sum of £2.50 (two pounds and fifty pence sterling) each [see note 1 below] with all proceeds going to the BASS Restoration Project Fund.

Please send cheques made payable to BASS to:

John Morgan
30 Thomas Street
Aberavon
Port Talbot
West Glamorgan
SA12 6LT

[note 1] This figure includes postage within the UK. Orders from outside of the UK will incur extra postage. For further information about postal charges to outside the UK, please contact John Morgan, whose email address can be found in the contact BASS web page.