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So I had a weird dark orange liquid on my chaterbate hook that looked like rust but it was liquid and came right off when I wiped it. Should I be taking my soft baits off of my lures when I’m done fishing? Should I also wipe my lures dry after fishing or just let them air dry. I’ve been having some rust issues on other lures but I think it’s because I had them inside my tackle box. Also does dividers in tackle boxes prevent rust from spreading?

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Not a rust expert by any means, but I would recommend air drying your lures before putting them back. If you're leaving your rod rigged with a soft bait it should be fine, but I could see rust developing if you're storing them rigged in a tackle box. The dividers probably help some, but since they're not air tight from the other compartments it will still spread. I have been air drying my lures before putting them back into storage boxes and also have a couple rust inhibitor chips in each box, and I have not had any rust issues in many years.

 

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/The_Inhibitor_VCI_Pro_Chips_20_pack/descpage-IVCIPC.html

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8 minutes ago, NorcalBassin said:

Not a rust expert by any means, but I would recommend air drying your lures before putting them back. If you're leaving your rod rigged with a soft bait it should be fine, but I could see rust developing if you're storing them rigged in a tackle box. The dividers probably help some, but since they're not air tight from the other compartments it will still spread. I have been air drying my lures before putting them back into storage boxes and also have a couple rust inhibitor chips in each box, and I have not had any rust issues in many years.

 

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/The_Inhibitor_VCI_Pro_Chips_20_pack/descpage-IVCIPC.html

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Thanks for the info also If I remove the rusty lures than there is no chance of spreading right?

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Those little silica packets that say “Do not eat” are excellent rust preventers.

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My wife’s cooking should come with the same warning. 

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Once you get rust in a box it's hard to get rid of it unless you pull all tackle out clean box and lures and put them back.

 

 

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There have been a couple of times I threw a soft bait in a storage box, switched the lure and forgot to air dry them later (or a hairdryer on warm for about 10 seconds does it!) which led to some hooks rusting out pretty solidly. Fortunately, it only affected one section in the storage box, not all of the baits rusted out.

 

Basically, what I try to do is leave my lures rigged up at the end of the day so they can dry. If I am changing out a lure, what I'm doing to start doing is putting it into an empty box, which I will later open so it can air dry and then return the lures to the original box.

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I always throw my used baits in a designated spot in my boat for them, or a corner of my truck bed if im pond fishing. Let them dry out there and try to remember to put them back in their right box when i get home, or at least before next trip. I leave active lures tied on, except heavy salt lures like senko, those go in used plastics/trash bin, which is a empty lays stax chips tube. I used to leave them tied on, but came back later and found a rusty hook on a rod. 

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Rust is a corrosion oxide of iron, shouldn't be seeing running red iron rust from quality fishing lures. Rust doesn't spread to other lures, the rust can stain but not corrode other metals.

Bottom, the chemicals in attractants and salt can create corrosion, so rinse off any lures and hooks with fresh water and let dry. Take off any soft plastics for hooks and do not store them on your lures.

To clean stains: make up a solution of warm water and baking soda about 4 parts water tom1 part baking soda and soak you lures or boxes over night, rinse good using warm water and let dry over night. 

Air circulation is your friend, sealed wet areas are not good, like sealed lure boxes with wet lures stored inside.

Tom

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For some reason the hooks on the original chatter baits seem to be very susceptible to rust in my experience with them. Remove the wet trailers when in the box and use z rust or bull frog rust inhibitors.

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Just wipe off the hook with WD-40, that is what it’s made for! It’s not a lubricant it is a rust inhibitor

 

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10 hours ago, Scott F said:

My wife’s cooking should come with the same warning. 

When did your wife take cooking lessons from my wife?

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5 hours ago, WRB said:

Just wipe off the hook with WD-40, that is what it’s made for! It’s not a lubricant it is a rust inhibitor

 

 

WD-40® literally stands for Water Displacement, 40th formula. That's the name straight out of the lab book used by the chemist who developed the product back in 1953. The chemist, Norm Larsen, was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion—a task which is done by displacing water. 

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8 hours ago, Burrows said:

For some reason the hooks on the original chatter baits seem to be very susceptible to rust in my experience with them. Remove the wet trailers when in the box and use z rust or bull frog rust inhibitors.

I agree there is something odd about those hooks, they tend to develop rust when many of my other brands don't. It's a weird deal but whats even weirder is I keep buying them : )

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I think plastics with salt will rust hooks eventually.  I leave plastics on a good bit, though, with no rust issues.  Hang wet lures in a piece of pool noodle or in a side pocket of my bag until dry.  Use desiccant packs from pharmacies in all my boxes.  I use wd 40 sometimes.  I live down here where the air sweats, and this works.  You could use stainless hooks, but I worry about them getting broken off and staying in the fish for ever.  

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