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Hey everyone, I use a large Plano waterproof box for my terminal tackle ( not sure what number ) and I've been having trouble with my hooks going over the dividers and into other compartments. What can I do to keep this from happening?

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IMO - loose hooks are a bad idea - not just because they might migrate from one compartment to another, but what happens when you turn over the box and spill it?  Last time that happened to me - the hooks were all in the packages they came in or in a small zip lock bag that I got from Michaels and it was a pretty simple matter to just pick up all the little baggies.

As many hooks as I routinely carry, I hate to think what would happen if I should spill a box and it was all filled with loose hooks.  Given my eyesight, shadows and whatnot, I'm not sure that I would find them all.   If I spilled it in my shop - that would be bad - I know that stray hook would find a tire at some point.  If I did it at the ramp, there is a decent chance that stray hook would find some one else's tire, or toe, or child or dog toe, whatever.   If I spilled it in my boat, it might find my toe, that one time I was barefoot in the boat.

 

As you might guess by now, I think that loose hooks in boxes are a bad idea.  I would advise keeping them in original packaging or getting some 2" x 3" zip lock bags.   They are pretty cheap at a crafts store, like Michaels.   As far as hook organization goes, then I keep like intentioned hooks together.  I use heavy duty plastic pencil holder zipper bags that I got at Walmart for less than a buck each.  Sling blade Flutters go in one bag,  tx rig drop shot hooks go in another, Gammy wicked wacky hooks go in a 3rd,  tx rig slug & stick bait hooks go in a 4th and so on.  I carry 8 ro 10 different bags and then when I inevitably spill one of the bags I don't spill all my hooks and it is an easier and safer clean up.

Regular tx rig hooks & weights (of which I carry a lot) are all packaged in a similar fashion but kept in a 3700 size, one compartment box, in the gear bin in the boat.

 

Hope this helps.  IMO keeping loose hooks in a Plano box is just asking for it and if you spill the box away from home there is a chance you could hurt some one other than yourself.

The karma of some one else stepping on your spilled fish hook is a philosophical musing for another time . . .

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The past year I have been using Plano 4600  2 tier storage boxes for hooks and weights. The upper compartment for hooks, the lower for weights. 1 box is set up for finesse hooks and weights, the 2nd for standard size worms hooks and weights. The 2 boxes fit into a small tackle bag when I am fishing out of someone else's boat, very handy and organized. Haven't had any issues with small finesse hooks getting out of the individual compartments because the lids are sturdy and tight fit.

I cut the original hook cards to line the individual compartment bottom to identify the hooks.

Tom

 

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You could cut a thin piece of dense foam to the shape of the inside of the lid and that would solve the problem too. 

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I rinse out old prescription pill bottles that my meds come in. I write the hook sizes on the labels with a sharpie. Easy to move the hooks between boxes and you don't have to worry about spills.

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Bass mafia bait coffin would solve this problem, only problem is it is rather expensive. Nscheele's idea is a cheap and easy fix to the problem. 

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Put a safety pin through the eye hole and close it.  

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8 hours ago, Josh1236 said:

 What can I do to keep this from happening?

 

Keep them in their packages.

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A paper clip is a perfect way to organize by hook size without spending $50 on a Bass Mafia box. 

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13 hours ago, jbrew73 said:

This has been back ordered since January...I'm still waiting on mine...I am not banking on getting this anytime soon. There is a Gamakatsu option also. 

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I use safety pins and keep a trimmed cardboard paper on the bottom of  a 3700

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