Organizing Your Tackle Box

Whether you’re fishing for money, pride or fun, organization is key. All bass anglers have been there. Rummaging through your tackle searching for that one specific lure, hook, or fishing line. The more time you spend looking for supplies, the less time you have to catch fish. Preparation is very important if you want to be successful out on the water. Here are some tips to keep you organized and catch more fish:

Bring the Essentials

Too much tackle can be a distraction. Only bring the lures and rods that you plan on using. Know the lures that you fish each season and pack accordingly. Then he starts over, pulling what he’ll need for the next one.

Timing is everything, so convenience is very important. Keep your favorite lures together and close by. On your boat, dedicate a small corner or compartment for what you plan on using that day.


Whether you store your tackle in a garage, basement, spare room or shed, it needs to be organized in a similar way as the tackle that’s going with you. Return everything to its designated spots when finished.

The more organized you are, the quicker you will find the supplies you need. Small Plano boxes are very popular and great for organizing your tackle. With plenty of compartments, you can break down your tackle into categories:

Separate your lures from live bait.

Lures can be divided into two categories: hard baits and soft baits.

After you separate the hard from soft baits, you can further divide them based on the following:

  • Weight
  • Color
  • Size
  • Shallow
  • Deep


Label your tackle box in a way that you understand. This will allow you to quickly and effectively find what you’re looking for. If you like to use plastic bags, consider using colored bags to help you quickly identify what you’re looking for. Write the sizes of weights and jig heads on the lid of their assigned tackle boxes. You can even store a


Clean and maintain your fishing gear. Fixing small issues while on the water can be frustrating and time consuming. Take care of your equipment so it can function properly. Make tackle maintenance a regular routine. Take a moment to wipe the fish blood or sea grime off the tackle before returning it to its storage spot. Return lures, once they are dry, to the correct box. Replace and sharpen hooks, etc.

Also, take the time to check all electrical connections, hoses and cables on your boat. Keep wheel bearings on trailers full of grease and check the inflation on your tires before every trip!

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  1. Jeff Davis says:

    I used to be all about bass, growing up in the Midwest. But living in Colorado, it would be nice to see an occasional focus on trout, etc. Thank you

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