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In about a year my girlfriend and I will be getting married and my living circumstances will change. I currently keep my tackle In the house In a closet specifically made for this. When I move one of the options will be to keep my tackle In the garage. A few questions:

1. Will being In the garage where It's not temperature controlled have any adverse effect on line, baits, etc.?

2. will dust be and Issue?

3. while I currently keep the majority of my baits on pegs on pegboard I think It might be easier to go with a wall rack(or three, lol) that holds plano boxes or the sort. Thoughts?

4. Will JJ'S magic be adversely effected by the non-temperature controlled environment?

I'm positive I have missed some things so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like the responses to be as detailed as possible. Thanks for any help!

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I live on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. We have sub-freezing winters but the coldest my (insulated) garage has been is 33 degrees. I keep nearly all my fishing gear in the garage and haven't noticed any problems related to the cold temps.

For dust, I have 10 rod rack positions in the garage that have a denim cover over the bottom portion of the rods to try to keep dust out of the reels - those positions are for combos that don't see much use. The "active" combos are on a round rod rack and are not covered and thus subject to dust. No problems yet, since I try to fish all those combos frequently. I leave all my reels mounted on rods all the time and try to fish through the winter. Some folks that take a break from fishing during the winter remove and store their reels in a dust-free storage area.

On bait storage, I have my active baits in plano boxes, some new stuff on pegs, and other stuff in boxes under the workbench - see photo.

Can't give any opinion on JJ's since I don't use it.

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Great display!

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Thanks Goose!

That's a nice set-up, regarding your boxes, do you have them labeled and If so how? I'm getting at say crankbaits,do you label them by diving depth, manufacture, etc..?

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I keep all of my gear in an unheated storage shed all winter at temps down to zero or slightly below. I've never had any problems with any kind of lures, line, etc.

Can't comment on JJ's as I've never used it.

Tom

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I built a shed to keep fishing truck, boat and assorted gear out of the weather. I can't say that cold affects it all that much. Over several seasons of freezing/thawing pork baits will soften up some. Over several years of storage, the cheap rubber skirt bands on some jigs and spinnerbaits will disintegrate and leave a gooey mess. I think that is more due to summer heat than winter cold, or maybe just a combination of time and varying elements.

Any jigs you are storing long term, you might want to secure the skirts using braid or wire and remove the rubber skirt ring. I'm not whining, the advantages of having a secure locked building outweigh melting some jig skirts over time.

Dust can be an issue. Invest in plastic storage bins. Mice & rats can be an issue. Do what you need to do to mouse proof everything important. I'm pretty lucky in that my boat or truck hasn't gotten infested.

As far as storage issues go, everyone I know fights with storage issues. The way I deal with it is every time I see cheap shelving units on sale at Wal-Mart or wherever, I buy one or two. I have 13 or 14 shelving units now, I'd anticipate getting to around 20 by this time next year. You can't have too many shelves in your fishing shed. I'm all about horizontal storage, easy to see and get an idea of what is where. Another note, a few times a year plastic shoe boxes with attatched lids go on sale at WalMart for around a dollar. Every time you see this, drop a 20. You can't have too many plastic shoe boxes. I keep the majority of my soft plastic supply organized by style & brand in plastic shoe boxes.

I used to have a label maker, but over time I've found that the adhesive wears out and the labels fall off the plastic shoe boxes. A better alternative for me is duct tape and a sharpie and make big, easy to read labels.

Sorry, I've rambled too much about fishing shed organization, hope it helps some.

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I keep my gear in the basement. It is unfinished so I can rearrange things as I go, and I don't have to worry about anything freezing.

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Here in Orlando if I leave plastics out in the summer, they can get nasty. One day out can actually do them some good, softens them up a little and all is good. Any more extended time and I have noticed a residue builds up and some start to lose shape, I'd imagine that they started to melt. Everything else I wouldn't be afraid of leaving outside.

By out I mean in the garage.

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On the topic of JJ's Magic, I don't think you need to worry unless the temp. in the garage gets below freezing. Even then, it would have to freeze itself for it to be adversely affected if at all.

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Great display!

Thanks RW! Someday, you will post some photos of your tackle room and we'll all be blown away... :lol:

Thanks Goose!

That's a nice set-up, regarding your boxes, do you have them labeled and If so how? I'm getting at say crankbaits,do you label them by diving depth, manufacture, etc..?

I have a label machine and use the plastic (not paper) label tape - I haven't had a problem with the labels coming off. I have boxes for:

Cranks - shallow (0-6ft)

Cranks - mid (7-13ft)

Cranks - deep (=>14ft)

Lipless cranks

Minnow baits

Topwater

Jigs/spoons

Spinnerbaits/buzzbaits

Swimbaits/jointed baits

Ultralight baits

Terminal tackle

There's lots of ways to organize with the plastic boxes - a MUCH better tackle system than the big 'ole hard multi-tray tackle boxes we used to use back when...

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