Every fisherman needs a trusty and high-quality piece of storage for their equipment. From lures to lines to bobbers, you’re always hauling around tons of stuff because you never know what you’ll need.
You have loads of tackle boxes and tackle bags to choose from. But since the choices are endless, where should you start?
First, you have to decide whether a tackle box or tackle bag is right for you. Once that’s decided, you need to know what to look for in either type of tackle storage.
To answer your questions, keep reading. This is our basic guide on tackle storage.
- Durability: The biggest benefit of a tackle box is the durability. Tackle boxes are made from plastic.
But not your average flimsy plastic. We’re talking heavy-duty plastic, including plastic reinforced with resin.
Tackle boxes can take a beating. They can withstand harsh weather and conditions. You can drop them and even throw them. It’s going to take a lot to tear up a tackle box.
- Longevity: Included with durability is the longevity of tackle boxes. Not only can they withstand difficult situations, but they’re also not going to wear down after only a few years.
Tackle boxes have lasted for decades. You don’t have to spit out cash every few years for a new one because wear and tear are more than just wear and tear.
- Organization: Tackle boxes have more organization than a tackle bag can provide. Don’t get us wrong, tackle bags have their way of organizing but tackle boxes make it so much easier.
They have fold-out trays with several separate compartments. Most of these tackle boxes have a few fold-out trays. Not to mention the room you have at the bottom of a tackle box.
Anything and everything you bring on a fishing trip has its’ own place that you can access at any time.
Qualities to Look For
- Capacity: How much do you carry with you on your fishing trips? How many lures do you have? Your tackle box is going to need to have the capacity to hold everything you need.
Look at the number of compartments and how removable trays it has. Newer fishing tackle boxes have dividers so you can create more room or make bigger compartments.
- Detachable Compartments: Not only should you look for how much space a tackle box has but if it has detachable compartments.
When you need quick access to something, detachable compartments come in handy. They sit on the front of the tackle box as a drawer.
All you have to do is pull them out when you need it. Instead of hunting around the inside of the tackle box.
Some compartments are on top of the tackle box. You can open them up with latches to get to your equipment.
- Portability: Fishing tackle bags are portable. There are tackle bags that you can wear as a backpack so the weight is more evenly distributed. It’s almost like you’re carrying nothing at all.
Other tackle bags have carrying straps. You can put them across your shoulder and body. Again, no added stress on your body which makes it easier to lug around.
Often a fishing tackle box will have a hard plastic handle. You have to carry it with your hand, so it is not as portable.
- Lightweight: The majority of tackle bags are lightweight. They’re made of lightweight material so you won’t struggle even with a heavy load.
Sometimes you have a long trek to make on foot. Or you have to climb over rocks to get to your fishing destination. Carrying a lightweight tackle bag full of fishing gear is easier on your back.
- Extra Storage: Tackle bags are, on average, a lot bigger than tackle boxes. This means more room for all your fishing equipment. There are bigger compartments to play around with. Some even have dividers that you adjust to what fits your needs.
These tackle bags also have tons and tons of pockets. There are compartments inside the bag. And there are pockets all over the exterior of the tackle bags.
There are pockets for your utility knife. Anything you can think of, there’s a pocket that’ll work for it.
Qualities to Look For
- Material: Material is a huge factor to consider before buying a tackle bag. The best tackle bags are made from heavy-duty material.
You want to look for high-density material so it’s thicker. Thicker material is durable and protects it from any situation that damages it. It also makes sure the bag is going to last for a long time.
- Shoulder Straps: You’re going to be carrying around this tackle bag. The cheaper varieties that use shoulder straps dig into your shoulder. Which is uncomfortable when you carry it around for a long time.
That’s why you should look for a padded shoulder strap. The padded shoulder strap prevents it from digging in on you and causing discomfort.
It’s a bonus if the padded shoulder strap is breathable too.
- Waterproof: Tackle bags aren’t made from plastic like tackle boxes. So, they have no protection from rain or wet conditions. If your tackle bag gets wet it can soak inside and ruin the more fragile equipment.
Waterproof exteriors are a must-have for any tackle bag. Or it’s not worth buying. You’ll need that extra protection.
It’s not as easy as you’d think to find the right tackle storage. You have to know your needs before you even get started looking around.
There’s a constant battle between tackle box users and tackle bag users. But the truth is, it depends on your needs and preferences. Neither choice is better than the other. This guide goes over the basics of tackle storage, from the benefits to the qualities to look for when you make your decision.
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