The Traditional Tackle Box, is a typical box that most everyone is familiar with. If a fisherman doesn't have one now, he probably had one when first starting out fishing or as a youngster. Though there are a lot of fancy and specialty boxes available, a traditional box still can't be beat when starting out or when a lot of tackle space isn't needed.
The traditional box comes in many sizes to accommodate any need. There are usually two to three trays with divided compartments that fold out for storing crankbaits, hooks, sinkers, and plastic baits. A large bottom is useful for storing line, reels, floats, pliers, and stringers. Almost any color is available including ones with your favorite cartoon characters on them.
Look for boxes that are made well and have a good latch. You may pay a little more, but for the years the box will be used, it's worth it. Many boxes also take a lot of abuse, and a weak latch will leave you picking up your tackle from the bank or the bottom of the boat. If you out grow the box, pass it down or find other uses for it, a good box can provide many years of good use.
The Hiproof Box is similar to the traditional tackle box, but has two sides instead of one. The hiproof box comes in many sizes and colors. Folding trays can number from two to five on each side, with enough compartments to hold 100 lures. The largest tackle boxes made come in the hiproof style.
The bottoms of these boxes are very spacious with room to store line, reels, floats, pliers, stringers, and in some cases, lunch. With some boxes, additional bottoms can be added for extra storage. The latch system on the hiproof can vary. Latches can be found on the top, sides, or on all three places.
When looking for a hiproof box, be sure to purchase well made box. Look for a box with well made trays that are worm proof (meaning that the plastic baits won't melt into the trays). The box should have good hinges, and good firm latch system. A cheap flimsy box will only give you aggravation. If you already have a large hiproof box, you'll probably never need to buy another tackle box. Unless of course the box becomes too heavy or it won't fit in the boat anymore.
If moving on to another style of tackle box, pass down the old one. If the box is huge and has been a pain to carry all these years, give it to your fishing rival, after a couple of years, he'll look at your friendly gesture in a different way.
Another specialty box, the Spinnerbait box was designed for storing of course, spinnerbaits. The box has racks with grooves that work well for hanging spinnerbaits and keeping them from getting tangled. Though the box was designed for spinnerbaits, the racks work well for storing crankbaits and jigs.
The spinnerbait box is usually small compared to other types of tackle boxes, but can hold good number of baits. The racks will lift out for cleaning, rearranging baits, or when looking for baits that have dropped to the bottom. When looking for a spinnerbait box, be sure to purchase a well made box that is large enough, has sturdy racks, good hinges, and a good latch system.
The Combo type tackle box is like having a lot of tackle boxes in one. This type of box comes in many sizes and styles, but most are about the size of a hiproof box. There is usually one large clear lid, which allows you to see the contents of the box, two or more trays that lift out, a storage area below, and racks for hanging spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jigs.
The trays usually differ in compartment design, one for plastic baits, the others for hooks, sinkers, and crankbaits. The laydown design also keeps the box from tipping over, and a tight lid keeps the contents of the box in place. When looking for a combo box, be sure to purchase a well made box. There are many sizes and styles available. Look for a box with well made trays that lift out easily, and that are worm proof (meaning that the plastic baits won't melt into the drawers). The box should be large enough to last for years, and the lid should have good hinges, and good firm latch system.
The Drawer type tackle box is different from other types of boxes in that instead of trays, there are drawers. The drawers, similar in construction to trays, slide out from the box instead of lifting up. The advantage to this is the number drawers available, and the box can be stored and opened in smaller areas.
As mentioned, the drawers are similar to trays and can hold crankbaits, hooks, sinkers, and plastic worms, and can be labeled for type of baits. A large drawer at the bottom can be used to store reels, lines, floats, pliers, etc. When looking for a drawer box, be sure to purchase well made box. There are many sizes and styles available. Look for a box with well made drawers that slide easily, and that are worm proof (meaning that the plastic baits won't melt into the drawers). The lid, which can also be used as a small work table, should have good hinges, and good firm latch system. A cheap flimsy box with sticking drawers will only give you aggravation.
The Worm/Jig box pictured, is considered a specialty box. Though this type of box can be used to hold almost any type of lure, it was designed with plastic baits and jigs in mind. This type of box is usually one or two sided. There are long trays that run the length of the box, and can sectioned off with dividers. The clear lid allows the fisherman to see where the baits are before opening the box.
As mentioned earlier, though this box is meant for worms and jigs, the dividers allows the box to be used for crankbaits, topwater baits, and etc. This type of box also has compartments for storing jars of pork baits, hooks, and sinkers. Some styles have trays that lift out with additional trays underneath.
When looking for a worm/jig box, be sure to purchase a well made box. There are many sizes and styles available. Look for a box with well made trays that lift out easily, and that are worm proof (meaning that the plastic baits won't melt into the drawers). The box should be large enough to last for years, and the lid should have good hinges, and good firm latch system.
The newest type of tackle storing system is the soft pouch. Made of tightly woven nylon and clear plastic, the pouch comes in many styles and sizes. One of the advantages of the pouch over tackles boxes is storage. Not just the baits, but the pouches themselves. In many cases the pouch can be stored in areas a tackle box won't fit. Because the pouches are flexible, they can be layed out flat or folded, and the clear plastic allows the fisherman to see the contents of each pouch without opening them. With the soft pouch storage system being available in many sizes, any type of bait can be stored in them. including plastic baits. If space is a concern, or if you want to keep your baits separated, the soft pouch system might be worth a try.
When looking for soft pouches, be sure to purchase ones that are well made, will meet your needs, and have good fastening devices.
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