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Terminal Tackle Storage on a Budget with Shaye Baker

Organizing tackle and dealing with terminal tackle storage is about as much fun as fishing, especially in the wintertime. 

And it’s really the only thing close to fishing some of my northern brethren can do this time of year — short of sitting on a bucket over a hole in the ice

There are more companies designing products for tackle storage now than ever before. Back in the day you just had the Plano tackle box. And though I later found out the boxes were named after the town they were built in, for the longest time I thought it was just a play on words — plain old tackle box. 

But ‘plain’ hardly describes their products or 90% of the others out there these days. 

There are boxes with LED lights and no-slip material in them to keep baits in place like Lure Lock. There are boxes with rust inhibitors built into the dividers like those offered by Flambeau. And there are even some tough enough to drive a truck over, as you can see in the ads for Bass Mafia.

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Terminal Tackle Storage: Penny Pinching Pointers

If you’ve got the money, there’s something awesome out there now to store just about anything in. But if you’re living life on a budget, there are a few little tricks.

First, take a stroll down the Tupperware isle at Walmart or the toolbox isle at Home Depot. You’ll find lots of great options there at half the price, especially when looking for something to hold packs of soft plastics that don’t need to be in water tight boxes. And there are discount stores like Harbor Freight and Mike’s Merchandise that will have containers like this even cheaper. 

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When it comes to terminal tackle, there are some pretty cool boxes built for nuts and bolts that will actually accommodate hooks and weights too. I bought a Flambeau box that I like a lot for terminal tackle but since then I found what is basically the same box in yellow at Harbor Freight for $3 less. 

Terminal Tackle Storage: Here’s What I Did

The main cavity of the box holds several smaller trays that can be organized anyway you like and can be taken in and out individually. So, if you’re having a hard time fishing out a particular weight from one of the trays, you can just pluck that one out and dump it on the deck. To take that a step further, I actually found some little plastic boxes from Harbor Freight that fit three to a tray.

With these little containers, I can have 3 different sized dropshot weights in one tray, but still keep them separate. To make the containers easier to extract from the tray, I simply stuck a piece of tape to the backs of the containers and then doubled them over to create a pull tab.

The little containers are clear, but if you want to know exactly what’s in them without pulling them out, simply take a Sharpie and label each box. 

The box won’t accommodate the packaging that most hooks come in, but I didn’t just want to dump the hooks into a tray and have a jumbled up mess. So I took some little blocks of foam and buried the hook points in them so that anytime I need a hook, I can just pull one from the block. 

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Terminal Tackle Storage: Now It’s Your Turn

You can put a system like this together for about $10 and have hundreds of dollars worth of terminal tackle neat and organized the next time you go looking for something. I only keep a couple days supply in this box, but the way I have it laid out, I can do a quick inventory and restock from my larger stash at any time. 

This has been a very efficient system for me so far, so give it a try if you’re in need of a little better terminal tackle storage system yourself.

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Shaye Baker


Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and Wired2Fish.com, FLWfishing.com and Bassmaster.com. While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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