So I’m pretty OCD about crankbait storage — to some degree.
At least I have a tendency to get OCD about it from time to time. I’ll go through it all, organize it very meticulously, then inevitably let that tapestry unravel over time until my gear is in total chaos again. Then I’ll go through and reorganize it all again.
During one of these such episodes a few years ago, I developed a pretty good system for keeping my crankbaits orderly, dry, and readily accessible.
If you’ve ever bought two baits with treble hooks you know how fast they become intertwined. It’s almost like they want to get so twisted up it would take a bomb diffusing specialist to untangle them. So I was sick and tired of trying to pull a crankbait from the pile and shake it for five minutes in hopes that the others would fall away.
The other main issue with crankbait storage: they rust very easily with just the slightest amount of moisture. Leaving a box full of baits in your rod locker after a heavy rain can be a costly mistake. Finding $200 dollars worth of lures rusted to the point you have to change all the hooks and break out the sandpaper is very annoying.
Crankbait Storage: What I Do In Three Easy Steps
You need a box with a seal to keep the moisture out. That is critical. These boxes cost a little more but they will save you a lot of money in the long run. This box in particular has a durable latch system versus some of the other brands that break easily or don’t form a strong seal.
Taking these off and putting them back on each time can be a little annoying. But man oh man, the ease of shoving your hand down in a box of baits and rooting around til you find the right one is well worth it. No more untangling baits. No more rushing to get a tetanus shot because you jammed a rusty hook 3/4ths of an inch into your flesh. These things make life so much better.
Even though you’re storing these baits in a waterproof box, a little moisture is bound to get in. Say you open the box in light rain and reach in for a bait. Even if a drop or two of water enters the box, you’re in trouble. As good as these boxes are at keeping water out, they’re just as good at keeping water in. But these Zerust Tabs are actually rust inhibitors that will pull the moisture away from the baits. So I always throw a couple of these in with anything I put in a waterproof box.
So that’s the basic setup. Just put the safety caps on the hooks, toss the baits in the box with a couple of the Zerust Tabs and you’re good to go.
Flambeau actually makes waterproof boxes now with the Zerust material already incorporated into the box. The idea is solid, but I haven’t tried those personally yet to be able to offer any feedback on the latches and seal.
I should also mention the Bass Mafia Cranking Coffin. I use this box for my larger, deep diving crankbaits from a 5XD to an 8XD. It’s a little pricy at $54.99 but again, a worthwhile investment if you have the $300 worth of crankbaits to fill it up.
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