But what about soft plastics?
Well I’ve done a few different things over the years. I’ve tried putting a bunch of baits in their original packaging into big ziplock bags. I’ve tried making one big bulk bag of baits by dumping several packs into a gallon ziplock bag. I’ve tried deep well tackle boxes and other plastic containers.
And I honestly like a little bit of it all. My preferred method, though, is to leave the baits in their original packaging and then put those in plastic bins.
Soft Plastic Bait Storage: 3 Reasons to Keep Baits in Their Package
- It seems to help preserve the baits a little longer.
- For baits that come in a harder shell type packaging, it keeps them true to form better than if they were just dumped in a big pile.
- It’s easier when fishing to take a pack out and keep it in my pocket for the day.
Soft Plastic Bait Storage: Don’t Break The Bank
My soft plastic storage was in need of a facelift recently. I looked around online and found some fancy options, even a $40 box for soft plastics. Now I’ll splurge on storage in a few areas where rust and corrosion are big issues, though I’ve never known a soft plastic bait to rust… and I’d need a dozen or so of these boxes to accommodate all of my soft plastics.
So I had to get a little thrifty.
I took the measurements of a pack of MISSILE Baits D-Bombs and poked around on Amazon. I found a 10 pack of stackable plastic bins with decent looking latches for $30. Score. I ordered those and I have been pretty pleased so far.
I’ve had some bins similar to these in the past but the lids just kind of snapped on and didn’t have latches. So they would inevitably pop off at random times in the boat or when I’d go to pick them up. Also, their walls had a slight angle to them so the packs didn’t really fit very well.
However, these new boxes are perfect for a lot of the standard packaged baits. And I really like that they’re lightweight, since the added weight of a lot of soft plastics in the boat is already problem enough.
They also hold my frogs perfectly in their original packaging. Side note: the frogs still in their packs actually create little compartments for me to drop some of the ones I’ve already used into.
Soft Plastic Bait Storage: Labels, Labels, Labels
When it comes to labeling the boxes so I know what’s where, I like to take clear tape and put down a base layer on the lid. Then I’ll take a sharpie and write on that tape so that if I ever want to change it I can just peel that tape off. And to keep the writing from smearing or wearing off over time, I put a second layer of tape over the first layer with the writing on it.
What’s nice about keeping my baits stored this way is that it’s very easy to minimize what I take in the boat on each outing.
For instance, when it’s January in central Alabama, I know I won’t be needing my popping frog or walking frog boxes and I can just pull those out of the boat and stick them on the shelf. And when it is time to frog, I won’t spend an hour looking for them only finding a few here and there.
This organization scheme is really beneficial when it comes to knowing what I have and where it is. I can quickly check my inventory to know what I need to order.
And for the money, you can’t beat it. Give it a try if you’re in need of a soft plastic bait storage solution.