Jul 22, 2019

Staying Organized On and Off the Water

By: Blake Tollefson 

As a fisherman, organization is an important key to being successful on the water. Staying organized is not always an easy task. Knowing what you have and where you can find it is more important than one might think, especially if you have a lot of tackle. There aren’t many things as frustrating as knowing you have something and can’t find it; or running out of something because you didn’t have a clue how many you had left. 

Throughout my years of fishing, I’ve been through numerous sizes, types, and configurations of tackle storage options. Tackle bags, boxes, and trays all have a place and time they are most appropriate. My experience has shown that having two different types of tackle storage containers will meet the large majority of my needs: 

(1) the Plano Pro Latch Utility Box 3600 6-21 

(2) the Gamakatsu 3600 Split Foam box. 

The configuration of the Plano 6-21 provides six vertical compartments, which can be further divided down into six additional compartments (each) to allow for some serious organization. I personally rely on these tackle boxes to meet the large majority of my tackle storage needs. Crankbaits, jigs, plastics, terminal tackle, and so forth can all be efficiently and effectively stored in these boxes. 

I look to the Gamakatsu G-Box to store other tackle, as the slit foam helps lock things in place and prevent it from bouncing around. For products that you don’t want bouncing around, the G-Box is a great choice. I rely on these for storage of rattle baits, darting lures, blades, and anything custom painted. If it’s something I’m worried might get chipped or scuffed up, it’s going in a G-Box. 

In order to stay as organized as possible, I use individual tackle trays for each type of lure or tackle. For example, I have individual trays for crankbaits (based on size and shape). I also use individual trays for walleye sized plastics versus panfish sized plastics. 

To keep life even simpler, I label the end of each tackle tray. It helps prevent sorting through every single tray in order to find what you’re looking for. I label the outside edge so I can see which box I’m grabbing whether it’s in a bag or on the shelf. I use electrical tape to label the boxes so it’s easy to change out if necessary.

My last piece of advice to staying organized: only bring what you need. You don’t need to bring every piece of tackle you own. The more tackle, the more challenging it is to stay organized. If you’re not going to fish with it then leave it at home.