More a tip then anything useful.
Get yourself a couple of bags for life. Or at least nick a couple out of the boot of your mrs car.
I use the sainsburys ones pictured below as the are touch bigger then most and apparently they are strong and sturdy.
Firstly they are good for protecting your scales instead of having them rattling around in there with a load of leads and whatever other junk festers in there. I just wrap it around my scales (I use salter electro sampsons) and it gives the scales a bit of protection from knocks and water.
Then when (or if) you catch a fish they make a brilliant weigh sling so you don't have to jam the hook through the fishes gills. The bags weigh 3oz but I always put the bag on and then tare the scales. Much better for the fish if your going to release it.
But if your going to keep the fish then these bags also make brilliant fish bags. They are water tight so don't leak slime/blood all over the boot of your car, they are strong enough to cope with Bass spines and they are easy to wash out when you get the fish home. Dry them out overnight and then re wrap your scales again.
And there you have it.....get yourself a couple of bags for life. Handy as hell.