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When I first started bass fishing, I was strictly a bank fisherman.First thing I bought was a large 5 tray tackle box, which I carried along with me.I still do some bank fishing but years ago I realized I was tackle bound.  I now carry a small 2 tray box and 2 rods. Im thinking about downsizing even more because I usually use the same 2 or 3 baits depending on the season or time of day. Its surprising what you can pack in a small box, and it frees you up with less to haul around.How do you guys transport your tackle when you bankwalkin? 

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I walk a river mostly so when I want to go light its some grubs and swim baits in one pocket and some jig heads in the other.

 

Normally a carry a small Cabelas brand tackle bag that will hold 4x 3500 series boxes. I used to use a backpack but swinging it around to change baits in the middle of the river proved to be a pain so the sling type bag works better for me. 

 

Looking to pick up one of these bad boys this year:

http://falconrods.com/fto.html

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Those look like good tackle bags. I've even thought about clipping a smaller flat box to my belt loop. 

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In warm weather I wear a vest.  When it's cool out I have a westherproof jacket with big pockets.  Accomplishes two things:  Keeps me mobile and limits my lure choices which helps me focus on my techniques.

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I use a fly fishing sling that will hold a signal 3600 box and a handful of loose lures. But when I'm really going light I use a fly fishing chest pack that I thread onto my belt that will hold a bag or two of plastics, a small box of terminal tackle, and a handful of lures.

 

 

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Traveling light.  What's that?

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The past 3 years I've been telling myself that I need to carry less.  I end up buying a deep 3700 tray and pull out just what I want for that particular trip.  Fast forward two months and that box is over flowing, along with the box I bought the year prior, the seams on my back pack are pushed to limits, and I'm right back where I started. I justify this by telling myself I'm getting a work out carrying around all this tackle, when in reality I probably use about 1/10th of what I carry and my back is sore the next day. 

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If it doesn't fit in my pockets, it doesn't come with me...and two rods is one rod too many from the bank B)

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16 minutes ago, Team9nine said:

If it doesn't fit in my pockets, it doesn't come with me...and two rods is one rod too many from the bank B)

I hate having any more junk then I have to in my pockets, so my ultra-minimilst “pack” is a rockclimbing chalk bag clipped to my belt.  It’s almost weightless and helps insure I never (again) launder a bag of worms or pack of hooks.  

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A fanny pack is ideal for bank fishing. One rod, a few lures (usually soft plastics) and you're good to go.

 

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Good ideas here. Im pairing it down to 1 rod, and one small pocket tackle box. I can swap out what I need when its called for. Now, when I look at my first tacklebox it looks HUGE! I love bank fishing and on many smaller waters I think its better than a boat. Don't want my fishing time to be like a work day

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I would love a fanny pack that is just big ebough to fit a single 3500 box, but as they are rarely found in stores these days, I have never managed to find one.  

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Im going to find something that works. Know what you mean about not finding the right one.

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It’s tough to find a small pack if you are trying to fit a specific sized box in it, as once you get to fractions of an inch, it’s usualy 50/50 of it fitting at all or without a big fight.  My sling pack is from Fishpond and I called them up to ask. The guy on the phone didnt know nor did he have a 3600 box on hand, but they emailed

me a few days later to confirm it would fit once someone brought one in from home to check for me.  

 

If anyone is looking for a good small backpack, I cannot say enough good things about the Ospery Talon 11.  It’s lightweigh, crazy comfortable, and the main compartment will fit a 3600/pair of 3500 boxes with room left over for a light packable rain jacket and small firstaid kit.  I keep one loaded with a travel combo and small tackle kit in my car 100% of the time, so I am always ready to go if I have a fishing emergency.  

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13 hours ago, Mobasser said:

How do you guys transport your tackle when you bankwalkin? 

 

Tacklewarehouse Angler backpack for taking lots of stuff or, for lighter loads, my old Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack.

 

Some sling packs are designed for very easy access without having to take them off.  That's a plus.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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I bought one of these leg bags last year and it's been perfect.  Fits a small tray for treble lures, and a couple wallets for jigs and spinners in the main pocket.  Little side pockets fit terminal tackle (hooks and weights) and there is a great holder for pliers. Comes with a water bottle pouch, and there are docks if you want to clip more on.  Great thing about it is there is no taking off a pack, it's right at your hip.  I like fanny packs but they can get uncomfortable.  

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I probably carry more stuff with me bank fishing than some guys carry in their boats. I cram it all in the big spiderwire bag. Not very often I think “man, really wish I had such and such bait”. 

 

 

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I have a small Plano tackle bag that I can wear over my shoulder. I think it's actually considered a "crappie" tackle bag and is the size of half a loaf of bread. Everything I need fits in it and because it's over my shoulder and at my side at all times I don't need to carry it or walk back to it if I need something.  I also use it while wade fishing.

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I use a small Simms sling pack.  It can hold a 3600. I also carry 3 bags of plastics, water, first aid kit and a rain shell. I keep it in the truck with a 2 piece spinning rod and I'm good to go anytime. It's a $100 but it's the best pack I've had. There are some cheaper fishing sling packs on Amazon you might want to check out too.

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I like a chest pack.  I have an older version of this one:

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/white-river-fly-shop-270-chest-pack

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I prefer the sling packs. Goes over one shoulder and around. You swing the pack to the front to get in it, and swing it around to your back while fishing. You don't have to take it off to get inside and it's not in your way while fishing. Works well for bank walking and wading. If you don't need to carry a ton of stuff, it's a great solution. Check out the fly shops or fly fishing sections of web sites to find a selection, like this one from Orvis.

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The slings are nice too.

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On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM, fishwizzard said:

It’s tough to find a small pack if you are trying to fit a specific sized box in it, as once you get to fractions of an inch, it’s usualy 50/50 of it fitting at all or without a big fight.  My sling pack is from Fishpond and I called them up to ask. The guy on the phone didnt know nor did he have a 3600 box on hand, but they emailed

me a few days later to confirm it would fit once someone brought one in from home to check for me.  

 

If anyone is looking for a good small backpack, I cannot say enough good things about the Ospery Talon 11.  It’s lightweigh, crazy comfortable, and the main compartment will fit a 3600/pair of 3500 boxes with room left over for a light packable rain jacket and small firstaid kit.  I keep one loaded with a travel combo and small tackle kit in my car 100% of the time, so I am always ready to go if I have a fishing emergency.  

Sort of a fisherman's bug out bag!

I  can fly fish with a couple small boxes in a vest or chest pack.  But when fishing with regular rods and reels, I almost sink my kayak.  

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On 3/11/2018 at 10:17 AM, Team9nine said:

If it doesn't fit in my pockets, it doesn't come with me...and two rods is one rod too many from the bank B)

I carry more rods with me usually, but all the baits I take are whatever fits in my pockets.

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1 rod and a vest .  I bought a Flambeau creel bag last year for metal detecting and   I'm going to  give it a try .That would be better for carrying water .  

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