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I've got a couple backpacks in mind, but I'm looking for something to hold roughly 2 3700s, 20 or 30 bags of plastic and teo smaller plano boxes, one for terminal and one for spinnerbaits. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to see them

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Make sure to carry as light as possible so you can have space for water bottles and meal replacement bars,sandwiches, etc.

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51 minutes ago, soflabasser said:

Make sure to carry as light as possible so you can have space for water bottles and meal replacement bars,sandwiches, etc.

Not only this but you don't need that much with you especially bank fishing. When stuck on shore I carry a small pack that holds 3 Small planos and a few bags of plastics. One is for terminal tackle and jigs. One is cranks/jerkbaits, and the other is topwater and spinners . 

The more time I spend fishing than switching the more bass I catch ! 

I got this pack at Walmart for ten dollars and it's made for fishing. It has a front pouch that I keep scissors, and multi tool in. And two side pouches that I keep scent and some bobbers and a jar of powerbait. 

Sometimes I'll bring a stout rod and catch some bluegill and use those for bait. See if I can catch a catfish. 

 

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I just use regular jansport school backpack. It is very simple and inexpensive, one big open for all boxes and bags, small open for pliers, hooks and scents.

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I just use a generic walmart backpack. Cost me $12, carries 5 plano boxes, 25-30 bags of plastic, scale, pliers, 2 to 3 water bottles and a small snack.

I wouldn't recommend packing all that for bank fishing though because it will wear you out pretty quick.  

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I went through the same thing this spring.  I was (still am) using a ratty old backpack to carry my tackle and wanted something nicer.  I looked at all the popular options,  The shimano bag, very nice features but a lot of money.  The BPS bag seemed to have good features for a great price, and the Tackle Warehouse bag has good features for a decent price, but is butt ugly IMO.

Before I got a chance to decide on one, I started to realize that I didn't need to carry all that stuff with my anyway.  I was doing a lot of wading and got this shoulder strap bag:

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=85863166&camp=CSE:GooglePLA:85863166:23488693-DSG:TACKLE_TACKLE-BOXES_SOFT-BAGS&gclid=CPPukaaBttACFRBWDQodcCMNhA#BVRRWidgetID

It was so nice to swing it around to access everything while my bait was soaking, and not bend down to access like I would with a backpack.  I have a 3700 box each for crankbaits, rattletraps, jerkbaits, terminal tackle, topwaters, etc etc. So I keep them in the backpack that stays in the car, and I just take one or two of each of those types of lures that I know are producers and put them in the shoulder bag.  Even when bank fishing, when I don't "need" to pack small, I do anyway, and use the shoulder bag because it's so much more convenient. 

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i would suggest finding a good one at Wal-mart , but before you pick one out , go to the fishing section and grab a couple 3700 boxes and other size boxes your thinking of using and take them to the backpack section and test fit the backpack with the boxes till you find one you like , that's what i did many years ago and i still have that backpack today , still funtioning great with no tears or busted zippers .

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As a shore fisherman, I seldom carry more than my Ned stuff. I'm carrying it in a worm binder now and it's simple to carry. Now, when I carry other things, it's normally swim jigs, they can go in the back pouch of the binder. It's bass fishing, don't complicate it . 

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I used to use a standard back pack, but lately for my long hikes, I've switched to using my softball backpack (easton walk off bat pack).  I can fit 2 rod tubes in the bat slots so I can have both my hands free and I can fit 3 large boxes, a worm binder, and all the other accessories I need.

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Op, if you want to carry that much stuff, look at at hiking daypacks, not fishing stuff.  Most fishing bags that I have handled are very bad at being an actual "pack" in terms of comfort with a decent load.  Osprey makes some great great bags, I have a Talon 22L and a 11L and use them as my general day hike bags and they will each carry a good amount of tackle for their sizes very comfortably.   The REI house brand is also very good and can be found on sale for great prices.   

I have gone towards as small a bag as I can stand for a pure fishing trip if I am only going a mile or three from my car.  I have a small [url=http://fishpondusa.com/product/detail/medicine-bow-chest-pack/2125] Fishpond Chest Pack[/url] that I use when wading.  It holds all my MWF tackle and a small assortment of hard baits and has enough left over room for small tools and other supplies.  It is small enough that I can stuff it into a real pack if I am doing a longer hike in and want/need more cargo capacity.  For my main fishing pack and the one that I use for like 80% of my outings is an other Fishpond pack, the Summit Sling.  It's main pocket can hold (just barely though) a single 3600 box and like 3-4 bags of plastics.  The smaller pocket will hold maybe 6 more bags of plastics or smaller planos and there is a very small pocket that will fit a mini-first aid kit and a few snacks.  I can fit a 1l bottle of water in the holder and it has points to strap a jacket onto the bottom.  The real prize is the workshelf in front.  It is amazing for tying on lures and works great as a spot to dry baits before reboxing them.  There are some small pockets in the shelf for glue, scent, or small boxes of terminal tackle.  It is really a great bag if you like to travel light but still want some comforts.  

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Picture worth more than 1000 words. Those are two 3700 plano box and two 3600 size. 

this school backpack is proof for heavy load (think about text books), and open all the way to bottom part where you can find thing easy. New style backpack the buttom part trend to rip pretty easy. I dont carry this many when bank fishing but a whole bunch when take my boat out.

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On ‎11‎/‎19‎/‎2016 at 7:16 PM, bigbassin' said:

I just use a generic walmart backpack. Cost me $12, carries 5 plano boxes, 25-30 bags of plastic, scale, pliers, 2 to 3 water bottles and a small snack.

I wouldn't recommend packing all that for bank fishing though because it will wear you out pretty quick.  

I'm down with the Walmart backpack that I got for around $12 bucks too.  Found it in the outdoor section in sporting good.

Works great I can put three tackle boxes in it and one big zip lock bag full of soft plastics.  Has a soft pocket for my sunglasses.  

A front section for various items like scale and tools.  Its called a Ozark Trail. 

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I have a brand new h20 xpress backpack. Fits 4 3600 planos and has another large compartment. If anyone wants it just pay shipping. I dont use it and maybe someone needs it

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I use a hiking daypack I've had for years and it doubles well for bank fishing. I can fit about 3 plano 3700's in and some plastics if I need to. It's nice because I can load it up good and it is still comfortable given it's original purpose. 

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Check out some fly fishing backpacks. They aren't anymore expensive than any other quality bag. They are designed to carry a ton of gear, have specialized pockets for carrying boxes, and even rods. Most of them also have ergonomically designed straps to help distribute the weight to avoid fatigue. They also have a strap to go around the waist, so that you carry the weight on your hips, not on you shoulders/back. I like SImms. Orvis has a nice bag as well. 

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You don't need a fancy backpack, but one thing I put into strong consideration is how well the side/water bottle pockets will secure extra rods especially if you're going to do a lot of walking.  When I want to bring 2-3 rods I don't like putting down my rods on the ground or leaning them up against things, especially if I'm trying to cover a lot of shoreline because I always have to constantly pick up the extra rods and move them.  Look for a pocket with narrow water bottle side pockets and double side lashes to hold extra rods in place above/below the reel seat.  I recall seeing an REI pack that had really narrow side pockets to fit ice picks that look like it would be the perfect size for a rod handle.

As for stuff to bring, don't go overboard.  Try to have a gameplan on what you're going to use especially if it's a familiar lake so you don't get bogged down with tackle.  I've seen guys packing an entire trunk in their backpack and they seem to spend too much time dropping their pack and digging around and moving boxes to find what they're looking for.  You should be able to open your pack and know where to find what you need in the dark.

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I use a Jawbone 370 tackle backpack I picked up at dicks. I love it as it has plenty of space and is comfortable to carry.

Here are the specs:

  • Includes one (1) 370 utility box with customizable divider inserts
  • Large main zippered compartment capable of holding three (3) 370 utility boxes
  • Large zippered pocket on front capable of holding two (2) 350 utility boxes
  • Lower zippered convenience pocket on front for valuables
  • Side zippered pocket for tools and other accessories
  • Conveniently placed tool holder on side
  • Water bottle holder and tie off on side
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps for easy transport
  • Fabric: Abrasion resistant 420D nylon
  • Dimensions: 18”L x 13”W x 8.5”H

$24 at Field and Stream/Dicks.

 

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Three 3700 one 3600 and about 20 bags of soft plastics I haven't found anything better if I do I'll buy it.

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I use an old JanSport that I had laying around, mainly because it has a rubber bottom. So, I don't mind dropping it in the mud or even in the water, if need be. I also travel really, really light. 2 jigs, 2 crankbaits, 2 jerkbaits, one spinner, and the rest plastics. Easiest way to store plastics is a gallon ziploc bag. Works great, and you can drop leftover/used plastics in there to melt and re-pour or use as trailers. All I do is bank fish, and I can tell you that going light is your friend. I might even stop carrying my baitcaster with me and just fish spinning gear. Still trying to decide on that front.

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Even though I have boats I still do some bankfishing and over the years of doing so,. the best one I've found is a cheapo walmart book bag, with several pockets. Handles weight, carries as good as a expensive "tackle backpack", and was cheap to purchase. Ive been using it for several years now and dont see any issues with it.

  Actually works out great as,..its set up for bass fishing, but when I want to go trout fishing I just switch out the 3 3700 planos,  that hold my treble hooked lures for bass,...to a couple that I have setup for trout, and Im ready to go as the essentials,..ie: pliers, line snips, sunglasses, hat,  telescoping rod holders, etc.,...are already in the other few pockets on it.

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On 11/19/2016 at 5:23 PM, Yeajray231 said:

Not only this but you don't need that much with you especially bank fishing. When stuck on shore I carry a small pack that holds 3 Small planos and a few bags of plastics. One is for terminal tackle and jigs. One is cranks/jerkbaits, and the other is topwater and spinners . 

The more time I spend fishing than switching the more bass I catch ! 

I got this pack at Walmart for ten dollars and it's made for fishing. It has a front pouch that I keep scissors, and multi tool in. And two side pouches that I keep scent and some bobbers and a jar of powerbait. 

Sometimes I'll bring a stout rod and catch some bluegill and use those for bait. See if I can catch a catfish. 

 

I carry the same bag and still change baits too often.

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