Tackle Box Selection
The tackle box is almost synonymous with the fisherman. It's where he keeps all his precious fishing gear, every hook, sinker, and lure organised and accounted for. For every kind of fisherman there seems to be a tackle box special made for his or her unique fishing situation. But with so many sizes, shapes, and styles to choose from it can be hard for a fledgling angler to choose which one is right for them. Not to worry though, as figuring out this essential piece of information is as easy as breaking down a three piece rod, just break down the tackle box types!
Tackle Box Types
There is an innumerable amount of different sizes, shapes, and styles of fishing tackle box out there, and choosing which one is right for you can be a pain. Luckily, all tackle boxes can be busted down into three major types:
- Tray and System Boxes are what many people consider your classic tackle box. Tray tackle boxes
feature an opening lid and pull out trays that reveal many small
compartments of varying sizes and shapes. Tray boxes also include a
large storage area under the flip out trays. System tackle boxes
include an opening lid much like a tray box, and can even have the flip
out trays in very large models. But what sets them apart is in the
lower portion of the tackle box there are storage areas for smaller, utility tackle boxes. This allows for the storage of a truly staggering amount of fishing tackle.
- Soft sided and Bag tackle boxes are quickly becoming popular with many new anglers. Bag tackle boxes largely resemble small suitcases or travel bags. They feature a large storage area in the middle that can hold anything from utility boxes, to extra reels and fishing line. The sides also include small zip pouches for even more storage options. Soft sided tackle boxes are usually in the shape of a small fanny pack or backpack. These tackle boxes feature many small, zipable compartments for the storage of utility boxes and other small terminal tackle.
- Specialty Tackle Boxes include small, pocket size tackle boxes that resemble utility boxes, but are designed to be carried in a pocket. These tackle boxes are very popular for ultralight fishing because almost all the day's necessary tackle can be placed in a single pocket! Also included in this category are fly boxes, which you may have guessed, are used for fly fishing. These boxes usually include foam inserts on the inside which hold the flies in place. The fly fisherman simply inserts the hook point into the foam insert.
Choosing a Tackle Box
Now that we know what the different tackle boxes are, it's time to consider which one is right for you! We can do this by asking asking ourselves a couple simple, but very important questions. First you must consider what species of fish you intend to target, as different species have different tackle and thus different tackle storage requirements. Second think about how you intend to fish. This is a very important question to ask yourself, as fishing on a boat and wading a river require very different tackle storage solutions. Lastly, ask yourself how long you intend to fish. This is really the less important of three important questions, but still rates mentioning. A long fishing trip will require more tackle, and thus more storage space, than a short one.
- When considering yout target fish species, think about the size of the lures and other tackle you will need. As an example, largemouth bass fisherman usually carry tray and system boxes because of the large amount of storage space, which is needed for the large fishing lures that are used for this kind of fishing. On the other hand, when pursuing sunfish or smallmouth bass on small bodies of water, specialty pocket tackle boxes are ideal for the tiny baits and lures involved.
- If you are more concerned with how you will be fishing, It's more important to consider weather or not you will be doing any walking or wading. When fishing from a boat or stationary position on a lake or river bank, mobility isn't an issue and you can get away with large tray and system boxes. Bag tackle boxes are also becoming popular with boat fisherman as they can be quite buoyant and waterproof. If however you are on the move, say hiking or wading in a stream or river, mobility will be your chief concern. For these conditions soft sided tackle boxes reign supreme for there "hands free" capabilities, while fly fisherman will continue to enjoy their fly boxes.
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