I love to mess with tackle, especially in the winter months when the conditions are less than ideal to fish at times. It seems like there’s some new tackle storage system coming out every week now, so there’s always something to try or look into.
For all my treble hooked baits, I use a similar strategy. But there are a couple of different boxes I’ve had my eye on for jerkbait storage in particular. So in this piece, I’ll give you a breakdown of what I use and we’ll look at those new boxes that have caught my eye.
Jerkbait Storage Option #1: My Method
I like to keep a lot of baits on hand, so the traditional subdivided tackle tray never really did the trick for me. If I gave each bait its own section, there would be a lot of wasted space and I was only able to put a few baits in a box. If I piled multiple baits in each section, the hooks naturally got all tangled together and it was a mess when I would go to get a bait out.
Owner Treble Hook Safety Caps solved some of the issues. These caps cover the treble hooks and keep them from hooking each other, or me for that matter, when grabbing for a bait. Without the loose trebles, there was no need for the restrictive interior walls. Moving to an open 3700 style box, I was able to greatly increase the number of baits that would fit.
To complete the setup, I’ll throw a Flambeau Zerust Plastabs Rust Inhibitor into the box to help prevent rust. I still don’t just cut a bait off and toss it straight from the lake into my box though. Instead, I’ll let the bait dry a bit and then return the hook caps and place the bait back in the box. But the rust inhibitors do a great job of preventing rust from inadvertent moisture that enters the box via precipitation, random spray or even humidity.
Jerkbait Storage Option #2: Bass Mafia Double Barrel Jerkbait Coffin
This is one that’s been out for a while now, but I’ve never quite pulled the trigger on it for a few reasons. The main reasons being I don’t fish with jerkbaits a lot and I’m pleased with my current setup. In addition, the box is pretty pricey at $49.99 and it’s pretty big and oddly shaped so it’ll take up a good bit of space.
If I did own a lot of jerkbaits, I would invest in this box. For starters, yes $49.99 is a nice chunk of change, but as any avid jerkbait angler knows, that’s the price of only 2 or 3 top tier jerkbaits. So a box capable of individually storing and protecting a collection of 20 jerkbaits worth $500 would be a worthwhile investment.
I believe you could also store at least 2 jerkbaits in each cylinder without running too much of a risk of the baits scuffing each other up or getting tangled. And, I believe the Jerkbait Coffin is capable of holding another pesky lure when it comes to tackle storage— the umbrella rig. So keeping a few of those rigs dry, orderly, and rust-free would be an added benefit.
And I do believe the Double Barrel Jerkbait Coffin would be a strong, durable, and effective box for the job. Because I did buy Bass Mafia’s Cranking Coffin four or five years ago and have been extremely pleased with it. Likewise, it is expensive and a little cumbersome. But, it’s able to hold and protect a lot of baits and I can easily remove a large segment of my tackle from the boat if I’m staying at a hotel and I’m worried about theft.
Jerkbait Storage Option #3: Plano Edge Professional 3700 Thin Box
This is another box that I’ve had my eye on. Though at first glance it seems to contradict some of the things I mentioned when going over my method for jerkbait storage, it actually solves some of those problems that occur with more traditional 3700 size boxes.
For starters, the new Edge series from Plano is pretty impressive in general. With metal hinges, built-in rust inhibitors, and strong latches, all these boxes are standouts. For jerkbait storage, the Edge 3700 Thin displays its particular problem-solving attribute in the name. This box is a good bit thinner than most 3700 style boxes, making it the perfect box for storing jerkbaits which are obviously slimmer than most other hard baits.
And the Edge 3700 Thin has more options when it comes to segmenting the trays. Where some of the more standard 3700 style boxes have two or three fixed dividers or perhaps three or four locations for optional dividers, the Edge 3700 Thin has dozens of optional divider locations where you can really customize your box to your particular set of baits and pack several in while keeping them separate and rust-free. The dividers are even vented so that the rust inhibitor can work throughout the box.
The price is still a little higher than most 3700 boxes at $24.99, but you’re getting a whole lot more than you do with those standard 3700 boxes. The Edge 3700 Thin could hold around 10 to 15 jerkbaits of varying sizes well, so the price-point and capabilities of this box make it a great option in my opinion for the angler looking to protect and store a handful of high-end jerkbaits.
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