There are A LOT of tackle storage options on the market these days, with some of the higher-end boxes and tackle bags topping out at over a hundred dollars. So finding the right storage solution for your needs can seem a little intimidating, and definitely requires a little research. That’s where we’d like to come in and help out. Here’s what to look for in a quality tackle solution.
One of the most important characteristics to look for in a quality tackle box is whether or not it’s waterproof. Now it’s not necessary for a whole tackle bag to be waterproof, or for boxes that you’ll be storing soft plastics in to have these characteristics.
But if you’re looking to store any type of lure that has a metal component, like treble hooks, wires or split rings, it is well worth the investment to purchase a tackle box with heavy duty cam latches and a waterproof seal similar to the Flambeau Tuff ‘Tainers. These types of boxes typically range from $10 to $20 depending on their size and compactly, with several more technique specific options that are waterproof and cost a little more.
You can get a fairly basic tackle box to store soft plastics for around $10 or less, like this Plano Pro Latch 3600 Utility Box. This box does not have a waterproof seal and wouldn’t be a box I’d personally recommend for anyone to store hard or skirted baits in. There’s just too great of a chance for the baits to rust and corrode. But these boxes are great for soft plastics, spare skirts and other tackle that has no metal.
Pay attention to the sizes of the boxes. The most common sizes that you’ll see are the 3600 and 3700 variations. These are the tackle trays that almost every big boat angler uses to store their gear in the compartments of their boats. But there are also all sorts of different sizes of boxes meant for a wide range of applications. The sizes are in ascending order, so the boxes numbered less than 3700 are smaller and more than 3700 are larger.
Bank and kayak anglers
If you’re a bank angler, you may want to invest in a tackle bag, a backpack or a tackle box with multiple storage compartments. These options give anglers ways to pack for a day trip, weekend getaway or to jump in and out of a buddy’s boat. This also keeps the tackle you need on a regular basis tidy and in one place, making it easy to grab and go fishing, knowing that you’ll have whatever you need when you get there.
Kayak anglers can also benefit from these storage systems, adding crates to the lineup for consideration as these are designed specifically for kayak fishing to fit snug in the rear well.
Technique and bait specific
If you’re really into storing gear, there are all sorts of bait and technique specific options on the market. These boxes are designed to store spinnerbaits, vibrating jigs, crankbaits and the list goes on. And then there are big heavy duty zipper style bags out there as well for storing soft plastics, frogs and other baits that are still in their original packaging.
We understand, there are lots of options out there now when it comes to how you store your tackle. But taking these simple tips and applying them to your storage selection should alleviate a good bit of the headache. Always feel free to reach out to a friend or expert if you have a question or need a little advice.
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