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I keep all my plastics in in their original packages and stored in one gallon freezer bags according to there classification. I am having trouble with my fluke tails getting bent up prety bad. What are you doing to eliminate this? I am thinking of storing only my flukes in a hard plano maybe....

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Two ways I have found to solve this problem:

I used to unpack them and put them in a divided plano box.  It works but it isn't as efficient as what I do now.

Now I leave them in the original package and place them in one of the deep 3700 single compartment planos.  You can put two rows of packages in there sort of like index cards.  This way they stay neat and you have the package to refer to when its time to restock.

For either method if you are going to store/transport the plano on end rather than flat, be certain that the nose of the flukes point down when you store/transport the box.  It keeps the tails from bending.  So I always try to orient all the fluke baits in the same direction for storage because of that.

Hope that helps.

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I also keep them in their original package and I store them laying flat in either a cardboard or plastic box.  Before I store them, I make sure they are all straight in their individual bags...then lay the bag flat in the storage container.  Even in the boat I keep them laying flat...never have bent tails.

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Never kept them long enough to get bent. Often though I would stick about 15-20 in one bag.  That probably kept them from bending too.

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You can go to a dollar store and buy those clear plastic "shoe boxes" or storage boxes. They come in two sizes and the small ones are about a buck. The original bags will fit them very well and you can stand them like files. I never have a problem with bent plastics.

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Take them out of the package they came in and dip them in boiling water to get them straight. This is what is called "Tuning a Fluke". Then you can carefully put them back into the bag or store them anyway you can to keep them straight.

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Take them out of the package they came in and dip them in boiling water to get them straight. This is what is called "Tuning a Fluke". Then you can carefully put them back into the bag or store them anyway you can to keep them straight.

Is it worth the effort?

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I have a plano for all my flukes...I tell ya what I am re stocking that thing every time the dropshot bite is hot...

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Is it worth the effort?

x2.

i take a few out of their original bags and throw them in a zip lock. on the very few that do bend , their action isnt too far off of what a unbent one is. sometimes the small  difference is what the fish like.

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Is it worth the effort?

x2.

i take a few out of their original bags and throw them in a zip lock. on the very few that do bend , their action isnt too far off of what a unbent one is. sometimes the small difference is what the fish like.

veryyyyy true. i have one fluke that is ripped in a special way and that i melted back together. when it falls it spirals fowards. its hard to explain but magic in shallow water. (flats)

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Take them out of the package they came in and dip them in boiling water to get them straight. This is what is called "Tuning a Fluke". Then you can carefully put them back into the bag or store them anyway you can to keep them straight.

Is it worth the effort?

In your case no. You can't catch a fish on one anyway. :)

The way I fish a fluke it is critical that it's perfect. The action gets so screwed up if the fluke isn't perfectly straight.

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Thanks fellas, think I will boil some water and straighten them out them store them in a plano.

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Spray a little PAM on them in their bag.  They will be slippery enough to manipulate through the side of the bag and you can straighten the tails out easily.  They come out easy.  And PAM won't deteriorate the plastic.  PAM with garlic is good, too. 

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I've never noticed a bent fluke being any less effective than a straight one.

Sometime it seems a little bend helps more than hinders.

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