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I went fishing with a guy yesterday and he stored all of his plastics out of the bags in plano 3700 boxes.  Will the plastics stay in good shape?  Have any of you done this?

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Yea it works, but I started using LBH's system easier. I keep all my bulk in large Wal Amrt Freezer bags and bring what I am going to use for a trip in smaller Wal Mart storage or sandwhich bags.

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I just keep all mine in the bags they came in.  I unzip a little, press the air out, zip back up, roll tight, and put them in my 3700 boxes.  No problems.  I've got plastics that are several years old and are as good as new.

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12Outlaw,  I have been doing the same thing that your friend does except for power bait and *** Brush Bugs.  I keep "stinky" plastic baits in their original packaging and stick them in my 3700 boxes.  My unbagged plastics are just fine.  I keep my 3700 in a BPS Extreme bag which holds 6 boxes.  I have a TON of tackle with me when I have that bag nearby!

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I have a soft plastics bag, but I only take that with on a 2day tourney. I usually just throw the packs of original bags in my plano soft tackle bag where I have 5 3700's. I just take what I will use. I always want to go into the tournament with some sort of game plan. I base the plastics I take off of a few things such as water color, smallmouth or largemouth?, time of year, fishing pressure, water depth, and what techniques I want to use such as punching mats/trig/crig/dropshot etc. .

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Be careful not to crunch them up too bad because many softies today are actually designed to have a specific action and smashing them up will deform them and render them unusable.

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Be careful not to crunch them up too bad because many softies today are actually designed to have a specific action and smashing them up will deform them and render them unusable.

Along that same line of thinking. Once the summer gets here, It's cargo shorts ala commando underneath

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You got it Muddy!

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i keep mine in the orginal bags then put them in the big walmart freezer bags. and label them for example creatures,worms,jig trailers,frogs, tubes. then all my hard body baits like cranks,jigs, topwater and hard body frogs go in the plano boxes. in spinnerbaits and buzzbaits go in the top of the tackle box.

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I use the Falcon worm bags. You store all your baits in origanal packaging and the bag opens up wide for easy indexing. Love the bag.

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Falcon makes an awesome worm binder that will hold approx 20 bags of plastics,otherwise I recommend keeping them in the original bags creates less mess. Personally I do kinda what Muddy does keep my plastics organized by style of bait worms, lizards, creatures in gallon zip locks and pack what I need into a smaller bag. I use the soft tackle bag I received with my BASS membership works perfectly.

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Most know that I am an organizational freak, but I think my system is very efficient.  I have Plano 3741's and 3731's which are 3.5" storage boxes that are nearly always made into a single chamber.  I store backup plastics in these.  'On deck' plastics go into standard 3700 boxes are are labeled according.  Lizards 1 & 2, Creatures 1 & 2, Worm 1/2/3, etc. are examples of open soft bait boxes.  I don't carry all these categories of soft baits with me; I utilize a couple of empty 3700's in which I fill with an assortment of baits from the main boxes.    Works well for me...

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I use the boxes too.  I like the organization.  Each box is labeled with what is in it so when I open the storage hatch I can see what I want.  I have two storage compartments with nothing but soft plastics, so I like the boxes.  I have soft sided bags that I can throw some of the boxes in if I go in a friend's boat.

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I store my soft-plastic lures in their original plastic bags as long as possible (they last indefinitely).

In the field however, instead of fumbling around with plastic bags, I fill the compartments of my Plano tacklebox

with "loose" soft-plastic lures. I don't mix colors of the same lure, because some plastic dyes will bleed over time.

My "Prep Checklist" reminds me to refill each lure compartment before every outing.

I also keep backup stash in the bottom of the tacklebox, key lures and colors in their original plastic bags.

Roger

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