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pineyeye

Do you prefer to go with the hard tackle box or the soft sided tackle boxes? I am not sure I might like soft sides a little better. I have to buy a new one this summer so I was hoping to get some advice on what to buy?

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Northlander

I like the soft sided ones better. I just trade out the trays depending on how I may fish that day or few days. I do however have a very nice hard side that I can do the same thing with. I like the shoulder straps on the soft sides though. Makes carrying around a lot easier, especially when your carrying a few rods, net and thermos.

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gunflint

Soft side, I'll never go back. The shoulder strap is great and when your fishing in the rain you just pullout the tray you need and don't expose all of you tackle to the elements. I use the large one from Cabela's and I can carry 5 trays, my depth finder and a lunch in just the main compartment

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igotem

I also prefer soft side for all the reasons stated already. I guess if all your tackle fit into one tackle box then maybe the hard side would have some benefit. I fish for too many different species so I need more space than a hard side will allow. I can grab the individual boxes I need and head out. Sometimes I only need 1 or 2 of the individual boxes from the soft side so I can just grab them and it saves room in the boat for other things like cold beverages. grin.gif

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Quickstrike

I also like the soft side. Easier to transport and it seems they make better use of space. I also find it important to have pouches on the outside of the bag for odds and ends.

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BFD

I have 2 large soft bags and really like them. Although, I should say that I have 1 I use as the other has ripped and wore out over the last 6 years. I buy the expensive ones from cabelas and even those will wear out with rain and many, many travels.

Seems to me that someone should invent a large hard box with separate outside storage boxes, slots for 6-8 interchangable 3700 boxes, and a handy shoulder strap that I could replace if it wears out.

Now that would be the last box I would have to buy!

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Surface Tension

Soft side bag here too. I buy extra trays and fill the bag with what I need for the day. The side pockets are a must for the larger items.

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