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I'm curious what everyone else uses their space for and how much space you dedicate for tackle. Feel free to show pic if you feel like. I will start.

Since I do not technically own a boat I need to be able to take it with me from place to place. I live in the twin cities mn and fish quite a bit with my father in law and then I go up to the cabin in central mn (90minute drive).

So everything I need must fit in a cabelas advanced angler tackle bag size magnum. It holds 4x3600 Plano stairways and the main bag holds 16" worth of 3700 series boxes. I have that divided up with 4 1.38" boxes, 2 2" boxes, and 2 3.25" boxes. Those 2 big boxes are for plastics (accounting for over 1/3rd of my space). the 2 2" boxes are for frogs, topwater (spooks and buzzbaits), jig and spinner/Buzz/chatterbait trailers, swimbaits, and some misc like a lighter and bandaids. The 4 thin boxes are 1 for jigs and chatterbaits, 1 for shallow cranks, 1 for deep cranks, and the last for bass hooks and weights.

1 3600 is for spinnerbaits, one is for live bait fishing, one is for panfish, and the other is all dropshot plastics.

If I know I'm not going to use something like the live bait or panfish I will take it out and add other stuff.

I have read that some of you guys have 10+ boxes of jigs and others have a lot of crankbaits and I'm wondering how you use what space you have?

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I'm using a black military style back pack I had since I had it and it has all the different pockets. I also don't own a boat so I'm on the bank but the area I live I. Has tons of ponds and lakes so I'm mobile this way. I carry all my soft plastics and a Plano box for the other stuff like rattle traps, rooster tails, beetle spins and such. I don't have a ton of baits yet

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I'm a banker, I use a Backpack. I have three plano boxes, two for hard baits, and one for soft plastics and terminal tackle. I have backup soft plastics and tools in the bag, and that's about it.

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I fish from the shore, and I use a large, soft tackle box. It holds 4 Plano boxes, and 2 slender spinnerbait boxes. It also has 2 pouches, which I use to carry first aid, snacks & drinks, rain gear, ect. I carry 3 rods with me, so I don't need to retie often. Then, in my basement, I have a large rack w/4 shelves dedicated to tackle storage. It has my dad and I's boxes, extra Plano boxes of stuff, reel cases, and other fishing gear. We also have a rod rack in our basement that holds all of ourrods/combos all year.

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When I go as a rider, not nearly as often as i'd like (it tends to be more joyful when all you have to worry about is fishing) I carry a Plano bag with 4 3700 boxes. 1 box has ribbon tails, senkos, and finesse worms. Another box has crankbaits, jerkbaits, and top water baits. The 3rd box carries my spinners and jigs. The 4th is reserved for creature baits. A 3500 box filled with terminal tackle goes in the front pocket with my tools. The trick is to limit yourself to only the gear you will need or are most likely to use.

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I'm like you (down to being from MN, north metro area, but have a boat. My boat is small though and I can't store tackle in it.

So I carry a Cabelas magnum bag. It holds 6 3600's and 4 3400's. My 3600's each have cretin groupings. One is ment for hard baits, another is for lipless. Another is frog/to waters.

I only carry 2 3400's and those are for weights, and a small musky collection of gear.

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When I am on foot which is most of the time, I have a large hiking back pack that has about 8 different pockets and some of them have various pockets within the main pocket. As well as other loops and holders on it. Most of my lures I just keep the original packaging and have a spot in my pack dedicated to a specific type of bait. If it is a hard bait and I am not using it then I put it right back in the package it came in. Hooks, weights, jigs ect.. I keep in plastic storage cases. I can hang a net right from loops on the pack. I also keep numerous pliers with me, fish grabbers, fishing line, extra spools, temp and O2 gauge. Depending on weather I may have gloves, glasses, a poncho, hats, extra sweatshirt or something. There is a sport bottle holder on the side of the bag to keep a sport bottle with me. Drinks and chewing gum are really the only food stuff I ever bring. I eat when I get home. Also once it starts to shift towards spring bug repellent is a must. Not trying to get lymes disease or eaten alive by some annoying bug. Depending on the spot I am fishing I might have one of those waterproof fishing and boating maps for that body of water. And I like to keep a log book with me to use as a tool of reference and to take notes ect..

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Good information from all you guys. I am curious how much room some of you guys have in your boats for tackle? I will have to take some pics so you have an idea of what I lug around when I get in the boat. And if I was bank fishing I wouldn't bring half of what I do now.

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After buying and useing 3 different bags over the years I've settled now on the Flambeau AZ8.

As a co-angler or just putzin around it has the right amount of zippered compartments, pouches and velcroed enclosures in all the right places for me.

It can hold your boxes either horizontally, or vertically which I do as I mark each for a quick retrieve.

The bag is not too big either.

It is more taller than wider and longer which is perfect for when you're in someone else's boat and don't want to take up too much of his space.

Mike

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No matter where I am fishing, I have a Jansport extended day hiker back pack that is over flowing with equipment.  It has seen it's fare share of damage but they come with a lifetime guarantee.  I have used this service for one of my sons backpacks and it is great.  One of his shoulder straps ripped and they sent him a new backpack in about two weeks.

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I bring a Cabela's super magnum with hardbaits and terminal tackle, 7 worm binders that are all busting at the seams, and a 16x12x10 Rubbermaid tote that I drilled holes in the top of and made wire hangers on for my swimbaits that has 30-40  6" to 9" swimbaits hanging in it. I can't wait until I own a boat where I can store all that stuff so I can stop bringing all those bags. 

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Here are some pics of just how much tackle you can fit in a cabelas magnum bag. I know there are a couple other threads asking about them

 

This is a large bag and with everything in it I would say it weighs around 28-32Lbs.

 

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I use this if I'm fishing a bank, or out on my boat...

A normal backpack that has 3 main compartments. I put three plaino boxes in the first one, and just swap out boxes depending on what lures I think I will be using that day. Second pocket gets all the bags of solf plastics and there's tons of them hahaha. 3rd pocket(smallest) gets all there terminal tackle...hooks, weights, line cutters, pliers. It then has a ring on the outside I clip my boga grip too. Open side pockets get the bottle of scent and some water for me.

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bank fisherman here, but i just went from a bass pro bag to the cabbalas advanced anglers bag which is awesome so far.  it comes with 4-3600 boxes and i added a 3601 for terminal tackle and 2 3500 boxes, one for jigs and the other for frogs. for the 3600 boxes, 1 is a spinnerbait box but i put buzzbaits and chatterbaits in there along with spinnerbaits, one of the other 3600 boxes is all hardbaits so crankbaits, all topwater, jerk baits and hard body swim baits and in the other 3600 box is all my jig trailers and lunch baits. inside the bag i have a cabelas bait binder where i put all my scented baits, mostly gambler and i have a gallon freezer bag with mainly worms.

 

this covers every situation i might fish and its not that heavy so definitely works great for walking all day fishing!

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Here are some pics of just how much tackle you can fit in a cabelas magnum bag. I know there are a couple other threads asking about them

 

This is a large bag and with everything in it I would say it weighs around 28-32Lbs.

 

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AlphaMale,

 

Nice photo of your system. Sadly I am one of the 10+ boxes of jig guys referenced in your original post. Just ordered 43 more so I may be closer to 14 or 15 boxes now. Organization is dependent on what I am doing. No longer fish many tournaments so an outing could be a 2 -3 hour bank fishing trip from the boat or bank at local lake, it could be an hour long outing to test a product or two, it could be a 8 or 9 hour day on a lake further way or a 3 day to a week long fishing trip.

 

Everything is stored by type first then sorted into smaller categories as needed. I have "pre rigged" Cabelas backpack stocked with seasonal favorites for the quick outings. For planned outings I will shuffle things around a bit and select boxes and bags from the basement storage rooms and load them in the boat accordingly. I leave plano 3700 boxes free as well as those sort of small "purse like" bags without the clear dividers and inserts free to put things in. Most of the plastics I will keep in Tackle Logic binders or Large Tub totes that you would find at your local home improvement store. Things are labeled and organized on shelfs to an extent but I need to re-organize it and better label it before the start of the spring.

 

It is difficult to explain but hopefully this helps. Great pics and organization on your part!

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I use the Spiderwire back pack, very large and I keep it full. Can be used as a cooler also.

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Hi, I'm a little new to bass fishing from shore. I don't have a boat now, I'll be bank fishing .I'm use to a boat were i had evry thing on her. What is the best way to carry tackle, I,m using a large tackle bag now. But it's getting heavy, it has all my freshwater supplies in it.  It's o.k. if your in one spot, but moving it get's heavy. So, do you guy's use bag's, box's, knap sacks converted for fishing. All info appreciated, Thank's.

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I have a few different systems. When I'm going to hit a private pond by me (roughly 9 acres) I use a large soft tackle box (http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/okeechobee-fats-t1200-series-tackle-bag/pid-1038203). Reason being... Is that a lot of different things may be working. I like to carry 3 rods, and lay them on the box, and carry most of my tackle in the box. I have a good amount of stuff, but not as much as many others. When I'm fishing a stretch of creek near my house I use a knap sack. I only carry a few boxes, and usually carry one rod and fish with a partner. 

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I've got a number of different boxes and bags depending on what I'm planning to do.  I really like Field Supply.  If you can handle one more junk email coming in, I suggest getting on their mailing list.  Their sales are great.  I've gotten some great stuff from them including a couple of fantastic bags for half the normal cost.

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I fish from shore almost every day. I use a backpack but I don't carry all my stuff. I make a day box of what I am going to use with a few extras. 1 Hook and terminal box and the rest of the bag contains: gloves, scale, line, scissors, pliers, etc. I only carry what I am gonna use. I use to hall 20 pounds of stuff but it was silly for me I can't possible fish all that at one outing.

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Backpack is the way to go. You are on the way to a new location in no time. Keeps your hands free for rod carrying.

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I use the Spiderwire back pack, very large and I keep it full. Can be used as a cooler also.

 

X2.  I've had mine for three seasons now and it's held up great.  Holds everything I need & then some.  I sometimes ride my MTB and can carry 2-piece rods on it with little issue, as long as I remember how far they stick up above me when the trail gets tight.

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If I ever can get my tackle all in one place I'll be lucky.  The trunk of my car looks like the bottom of a boat/tackle locker with various boxes of worms, cranks, swimbaits, line, rods when I'm home.  Then I have one of those plastic shelf organizational units you can buy at Wally World with one large drawer which will hold 8 3600 size boxes, then 2 medium which hold 3 in each, then a row of singles to store line and other misc baits or sub catagory packs of plastics.  Now also have 1 3700 size tackle bag and another 3600 size bag. If I try I can get almost everything in both with 3 worm binders hanging off the shoulder straps by metal clips. But I tend to refine my amount of tackle by where I'm going to fish,but having a boat would def make it nice.  Then I would have more room to buy more stuff to put in all the bins I emptied by putting those items in the boat.

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