Hard shell tackle boxes have come a long way over the years. The latest styles of tackle boxes take advantage of the utility box systems available today, making it easier to swap out your gear, or stay more organized. There are also fishing tackle bags if you are looking for the soft sides tackle bags and backpacks instead of the hard sided box style tackle boxes.
Plano 787 Guide Series Angled Tackle Storage System
Plano®'s Guide Series™ angled fishing tackle storage system is now available in a hard sided tackle box! This gives you quicker access and the perfect amount of storage space for all your lures and gear. The main compartment holds the utility boxes at 15º for easy access. It also has an integrated, expandable rear pocket, as well as DuraView™covers and doors. It has a non skid impact resistant base with rubber feet to keep your tacklebox from sliding around so easily. Includes seven StowAway® utility boxes: three 2-3701, one 2-3750, two 2-3601, and one 2-3650. This is their flagship top of the top in hard sided tackle boxes. I buy extra utility boxes so that I can easily swap my lures in and out for the tipe of fishing that I will be doing on each fishing trip. Really a great price for such a sturdy and durable tackle box that will last you for the long haul.
Plano 7771 Guide Series Tackle Box
The Plano 7771 Guide Series Tackle Box includes four 2-3701 utility boxes, three top access removable spinnerbait racks, spacious bulk storage, top access, see through Duraview cover, and over molded handle. This tackle box is my top choice because it gives you the space on the top two racks for all your gear, and the four utility boxes to keep your lures organized. I buy an extra set of the utility boxes so that when it’s time for trout fishing, I slip in my trout lures in, and when it’s time for bass fishing I swap out the trout lures with my bass lures. My gear is always organized and ready to go. I have trolling boxes to slip in, bank fishing boxes with my hooks and sinkers. I use a permanent marker to write on the front of the utility box exactly what the box is for, so when I’m ready to go fishing I just grab the four boxes I want to take on this trip, and I’m ready to go.
Flambeau Waterproof Tackle Box
The Flambeau® Waterproof Satchel with Base Cage Tackle Box was designed to help keep your fishing gear dry, and inhibit rust from forming on your hooks, lures, and other tackle. It comes with Flambeau's innovative Zerust® dividers which have been proven to protect metal surfaces from rust and corrosion for 5 years or longer. This tackle box is very durable with it’s thick walls. The smaller model has removable base storage dividers, and fixed dividers in the storage area of the bigger model. It has top mounted glide trays that rotate outward for quick access to the base storage area, and a recessed lid to give you a work space for holding small items for rigging. It comes with 2 waterproof Tuff Tainers utility boxes for extra storage options. When looking for the best tackle box, the first thing I look for is a good brand that I have used over the users from a name that I know and trust, and the top brand for me that is always my go to tackle box is always Plano. The reason why is that in my younger years, I was quite rough with my tackle box, and though I have owned other brands, the Plano tackle boxes have been able to endure all of my abuse and still hold up quite well. Plano is by far the strongest, and longest lasting, tackle boxes that I have ever owned. Hard shell tackle boxes just last almost forever. There have only been two reasons why I have ever had to replace any of my Plano tackle boxes. The first reason is that I outgrew some of the smaller versions that I had during my early years, and each time I would upgrade to the next larger size. The second reason is because I just did not know how to store my tackle correctly, and make use of utility boxes to store my lures and gear that leak, or melt, or rust. Whether it was my rubber worms, or the skirts on my hula poppers, they would melt into the tackle box and it would weld to and warp the box or make it look terrible, so I would replace it. My hooks and swivels would rust, so many different possibilities.
Fishing Tackle Boxes
Fast forward many years into my fishing years, and tackle boxes transformed by adding storage for utility boxes. This was a game changer for me. I was now able to organize my lures and tackle and have them at a quick reach to pull out one of the utility boxes and have everything at my finger tips, instead of rummaging through my old tackle box trays. This also allowed me to separate all of my different types of gear that could turn into a mess, or rust, melt, or stink up my tackle box. Now I can organize all of my gear and lures, and it will still be organized and neat the next time I open my tackle box. For me, since I fish completely different gear for different types of fishing, I have quite a few of the utility boxes that I can feel with different types of gear, and when I am going to go striper fishing, I pull out the striper gear utility boxes and swap out the ones in the tackle box so it only takes me a few minutes to have my gear ready. When I am going to go trolling for trout, I swap out the striper utility boxes, and insert my trout gear boxes. I have about twenty different utility boxes that I have organized, separated, and labeled, so that when I decide to target a certain style of fishing, or a certain fish species, I just grab the utility boxes for that trip, and swap them with the ones that were in the tackle boxes from the last trip. Tackle boxes and tackle storage systems are all about personal preference. Some anglers like small tackle boxes, with their hand picked lures, tackle, and gear for each trip, but others like to have larger tackle boxes with limitless options available when they are out on the water. You never know what fish are biting on specifically, and when you are getting skunked, and the fisherman next to you is getting hooked up, it’s nice to have the gear at your disposal to continue switching up your lures and your technique until you are in the zone! The tackle boxes with the utility boxes built in are a great fit for this scenario, but it also makes the box a little heavier and bulkier, so if you are walking around the shoreline you may opt for the smaller size boxes.About The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase. The Best Fishing Tackle Box Experience Awaits!