Six Tips for a Better-Organized Tackle Box
In Northwest Colorado, residents fish year round, whether it's ice fishing, fly fishing, or casting your line from the edge of a lake or the inside of a boat. Maintaining a tackle box is difficult because there are many small pieces of equipment involved. However, if you follow the six tips below, your tackle box will be organized for many fishing trips to come.
1) Separate by Category
This sounds simple enough, but the degree of separation is what's important. Start with hard or soft baits, then if they're fished above or on bottom, all the way until you have neat, organized categories.
2) Use Baggies and Containers
Now that you have everything organized, make use of baggies and containers to be sure things stay organized. Plastic baggies are best for soft lures. Each should be in their own bag, so they're easy to find. If you can find colored baggies or put a colored sticker on each, you'll be ahead of the game.
For hard items, use plastic containers. Color coding these is equally important. By following this step, you'll have everything neatly broken down into categories, and stored in color coded storage to easily find.
3) Get Rid of What You Don't Use
This is hard to do with anything, not just what's in your tackle box, but its key to being organized. If there's things in your tackle box you simply never use, it’s time to part ways. This will free up clutter, space, and allow you to sift through your color-coded storage with ease.
4) Stick with It
Anyone can say they're going to organize their fishing supplies and anyone can organize their tackle box, only ruin it after their first fishing trip. If you're going to organize yours, keep it that way. Taking a few extra seconds to put things back in an organized way will save you a headache later.
5) Organizing by Fish
Perhaps you enjoy fishing for only a handful of different fish, as opposed to experiencing new waters and fish regularly. In this case, consider organizing your tackle box by fish, so that the equipment is organized by each type of fish as opposed to the categories in tip #1.
6) Close and Lock
Lastly, make sure whatever you're not using is securely closed or locked when possible. This will prevent things from falling out or moving around when you move your tackle box around. All Cases recommends hard cases with interior stacking options. These can make your life a lot easier out on the water and even just in the back of a truck.
These six tips may sound simple, but if you take the time to use them to organize your tackle box they'll greatly improve your next fishing trip. And don't forget, when you're out on the water, return things to their proper container to stay organized for the next trip.