Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
macminn

Tackle box suggestions

Recommended Posts

macminn

Ok, I'm really getting into this fishing thing. My wife offered to buy me a new tackle box for Father's Day. Mine is pretty old, and won't hold enough stuff. What recommendations do you guys have? One huge one for everything? A couple smaller ones, one for cranks, etc., one for everything else?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LMITOUT

I used a hard sided box for some years, the ones with the trays that pull out and a few Plano boxes, etc. That worked fine but now I won't use anything but a soft-sided bag that holds 6-8 large Planos. Much more organized and easier when out in the boat and you're fishing with a certain presentation. Pull the Plano with jigs when you're jigging, or the one with the #5 shad raps when you cranking, etc. Then you just have that particular Plano out that you're working out of, and the rest of the bag can be stored or tucked out of the way until it's time to change presentations.

The Magnum bag from Cabelas is the one I use and it was on sale a few years ago so I thought it was a pretty good deal at the time. One thing that I wanted besides holding the larger Planos was storage pouches on the sides for all that misc stuff you "need" like fishing line, spinner snells wrapped on those tubes, sunscreen, clippers, scale, Gulp/plastics, whatever.

I also have a B&B crank box that holds around 100 cranks which is really nice for storing cranks without getting them tangled together.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TMF89

LMITOUT, is it just a hanging box or what? Yes I also highly reccomend soft-sided bags, as the trays allow more versatility than your standard hard-sided box. The last two tackle bags/boxes I've had have been bags, and that's all I can see myself using in the future.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LMITOUT

If you're referring to the B&B box, yes it is a hanging box. One compartment for each crank. They have all kinds of different configurations/sizes for crankbait boxes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wish-I-Were-Fishn

I second the soft box with Plano inserts. Same reasons. I wish mine was waterproof, however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
papabear

Soft sides with the Plano boxes are the way to go. Now make the bags more water proof and you are near perfect. But I also have the good old tray style hard box for all my everyday items such as line sinkers, hooks, clippers. It is easy to access for a few tried and true baits or just a quik trip out with the kids. It is spill hazard though unlike the soft sides.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
polarsusd81

I just got a new soft side bag this year from Gander. I love it, it is a medium sized bag, fits 6 big boxes inside. I have extra boxes as well. I have two filled with cranks, three filled with plastics, one with jigs and rigging supplies, one with panfish lures, and another with bass jigs and other assorted bass lures. Switch them out before we leave the house and I have everything I need for a particular species. It also has plenty of pockets for accessories, water proof pockets for maps and insurance cards. I mainly use the front pocket to secure the most heavily used plastics. It was a good deal and I can't imagine going back. Far more organized than my previous system.

Tom

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mille lacs muskie bum

I recently bought the same bag as polar and love it. it keeps me organized and was a good deal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lookincalifornia

the smaller soft sides are great for shore fisherman like me. with the shoulder strap, you can cast without putting your box down. if you are not gonna use too many different lures, you can just fiil up a small box and put it in a cargo pocket or use a fanny pack.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
big musk411

I have the Plano 777, one of thier biggest hardsided. I like it because I can have most all my tackle with me in the boat. It has removable boxes I can take out when neccassary. I still have a separate box for snells and one for terminal tackle, I just have too much fishing stuff laugh.gif.

Also Plano has excellent customer service. I broke the lid on the top compartment [by standing on it, totally my fault] and they sent me a new one free. It only took a week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BoxMN

We (me and bro) use soft sided Cabelas and/or Denny Brauer bags, medium and super-huge smile.gif We have a bunch, more than we need probably. The nice thing is that you can have each bag for a different style fishing, and then just grab the boxes you want for that days fishing into one bag. The main thing I would suggest is get a bag that is big enough to hold the 3700 sized boxes, as the 3600 will still fit - but not vice versa. Another nice thing about the bags is that if you don't stash all the boxes in them there is plenty of room for snacks, rain coat, drinks, even a locator storage if big enough. And it has shoulder strap - all of which is really nice when you go in someone elses boat, as you just have rods in one hand, box on shoulder and Coke or coffee in the other hand when transporting to the boat.

The downside is that you can get carried away with too big a bag, and then it takes up lots of room in the boat smile.gif Which is why we started getting the medium sized, and use the magnums for our garage "main storage" boxes, or for the truck when on trip, and just grab the 3700 boxes we want for that day.

Good luck, but after having bags since before "tackle bags" were invented (we used gym bags back in the early 80s, with 3600 plano boxes) I don't think I could ever go back to hard sided, but each person organizes a bit different, and it is fun playing with your tackle in January, organizing wink.gif Except when your wife smacks you for having it all over the living room!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
chickeywing

I also use the soft side type with the shoulder strap. My family used to laugh at my 'tackle purse'...until they tried it. Now, they all have one. If you know what you're targeting each outing, you can pack light.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
zamboni

I use a Plano hard box for oopen water and a soft sided Rapala bag for ice fishing. I am thinking of going only soft sided, much more convenient.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
pfluemis

Quote:

Ok, I'm really getting into this fishing thing. My wife offered to buy me a new tackle box for Father's Day. Mine is pretty old, and won't hold enough stuff. What recommendations do you guys have? One huge one for everything? A couple smaller ones, one for cranks, etc., one for everything else?

Thanks in advance for the help.


I just went through the tackle storage issue this spring. After searching and researching I ended up with a plastic box that holds 3700 series trays. It also has 2 small trays by the handle. I loaded up trays with species specific lures/jigs/hooks and one tray with universal stuff like pliers, glove, ect... I then load up the box with the trays I will need for the species I am fishing for and leave the rest at home or where ever. It has worked out well so far. No more carrying around and storing stuff I don't need for that day or trip, and less chances of damaging and/or losing things. If you think there is a chance that you will fish for everything, you can just throw the other trays in a bag and bring them along too. A small tackle bag with spare trays would probably work well too, I just went with something hardsided becouse that's what I wanted.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jaydog

scheels band tackle box 10 pull out trays & extra storage cost is almost $80 but you will never need another !!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishinJohn

Last summer the lid on my hard sided tackle box broke so when the ice formed I bought a small hard sider. When the water opened I did not want to buy another tackle box (new rod instead) so I just put the small hard sider in a 5 gallon bucket along with any misc. items I need like bug spray. So for shore fishing I have a rod in one hand and the bucket in the other plus you can sit on the bucket. I keep a bag in there in case I need to use the bucket for bringing some nice fish home. Not a very neat system so I may consider a medium sized bag but I know I will miss having a place to sit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wishing for walleyes

I just eliminated the boat and got a 28 foot pontoon.I use plano hard boxes.1 for cranks,1 for jigs and bobbers etc.I do not miss being cramped up in the boat for 8 hours.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jigginjim

I have had several boxes. I now use a B&B box for cranks, and another that I can places large plano trays in. Soft sides are great, but watch the size, you may find yourself crowded out of your boat. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rushing

If you're in a boat then a soft sided tackle bag with box inserts work fine but if you're a shore fishermen then I would suggest using a back pack with a few plano boxes in it. With a back pack you can stuff it with more than just tackle(bug dope, drinks, snacks, TP, ect...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • JIvers
      Thanks for the reply. Ya, McNally's gets pounded right away. I looked at the ice in front of Schafer's in Onalaska yesterday; there was about 3.5" of ice near the docks, and then it got thinner in a hurry. Apparently someone got wet feet there earlier in the day.  I ended up at Lawrence Lake Marina just north of Brownsville yesterday. There was probably 4" of good clear ice, much better than what I found in  La Crosse. Will post pictures later, but I got one nice largemouth on a tip up at the Marina, one 10" perch, and a couple small perch.  Today I drove around Winona, and fished the backwater pond east of Latsch Island on the west side of the road. The ice there was...not real good.  I stuck close to shore on 3" of not-real-clear ice after my spud bar saved me from a cold bath a little farther out.  I caught a few small perch there, and a bunch of small bluegills. Nothing worth keeping, and nothing on the tip-up. Was expecting the ice to be a little better than what I found, but what do you do?    
    • leech~~
      No Lake Trout in the lake?
    • leech~~
      Thanks Guys.  Starting to feel better about may be getting the sled and porty out there.
    • kelly-p
      Miss the old days too shaky, we had some fun didn't we.  I don't miss working on the lake tho.
    • kelly-p
      Westwind, Roger's and JR's that I know of. Not sure of the cost.
    • Rick G
      Roughly 11inches... there were a few brave people who drove mini vans out
    • Wanderer
      @leech~~ There was all of 10 inches where I was but I’d say it was a tick more.
    • MNoutdoors99
      Thanks for your input, I got myself setup with braid and a fluoro leader and its working great!
    • MNoutdoors99
      Hey all, I am looking to catch a decent perch in the 7" or bigger range and soon because in my class at school we get to taxidermy a fish and I would like to do a yellow perch, I have fished little Pulaski for 2 days and Buffalo for one and caught nothing on Buffalo lake and some bluegills and bass on little pulaski. Anyone got advice on spots in little Pulaski or Buffalo lake or just another lake near by Buffalo as well for perch? Thanks - jim
    • tview
      Thanks Moose  Fun meeting up with the Group today Fun Day . Good times.. i