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Hey guys I somehow did it again this year. I just went out to put all my new Christmas lures into my tacklebox (which hasn't been opened for at least 2 months) and 50% of hooks on my baits are rusted. I thought I let everything air dry before I put them away for the season but apparently not. Is there a product I can use to keep this from happening, or should I store my lures somewhere other than in the garage, or just something I am not doing to prevent this? I am sick of changing hooks everytime I store my box.

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They get rusty from moisture inside your tackel box.  I would think you could put something inside your box, like maybe baking soda or something that prevents moisture.

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Thanks guys. The problem is moisture. Has anyone tried a product called the inhibitor? I just looked at it online and it has inserts to put in my tackle box. Does this system work?

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I put some silica packs in with my hooks and havent had a problem yet.  I havent seen any rust.  I also make sure when I put hooks back in there they are completely dry.  BTW put the silica packs in a seperate compartment not touching the baits.

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I have a nice little recipe for making rust easy to remove. I take a cup of VERY hot water, spray in a little dura-lube, add some barkeepers friend (can be found in any food store) and mix it up. Then i remove the hooks and put them in the cup. It smells pretty bad though. I let that sit and stir occasioanlly. I then pour out the water after a while and take a bunch of paper towles and start to pat the hooks dry. You wil see the rust in the paper towel as you dry. it takes a little time but hey, it's winter.

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BTW put the silica packs in a seperate compartment not touching the baits.

Why?

(I don't mean to sound rude... just wondering ;))

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Silica packs takes in moisture, that's why they use them when you buy shoes.  It keeps the shoes have a mold build up.

Inhibitors work great.  A bit better than the silica packs that it won't rip open & have little silica pellets all over the place.  I use a couple of them in my boxes and hook box, so far no problems w/ rust.

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Go to electronics store and get those little silca pac's for free.

I also use a bottle from the doctor with the screw on lid.

And don't buy the super cheap plano box. Even the clear plastic ones if it doesn't have a gasket seal leave it.

Garnet

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Just be careful if your trying to remove rust from hooks or split-rings.  Rust will weaken these and removing it will do nothing to improve this weakend state.  Replace them. The last thing you want to do is loose a fish to a staigtened hook or a broken split ring.

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BTW put the silica packs in a seperate compartment not touching the baits.

Why?

(I don't mean to sound rude... just wondering ;))

I dont know for sure on hooks but I know it will take blueing off a gun.  I just want to be on the safe side and not learn the hard way.

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I have had INHIBITOR strips in my 3600 boxes for several years and they work extremely well even after 3 plus years.

Someone mentioned using uncooked rice in amother post to absorb moisture and this sounds very good as well.

Does anyone know where to purchase the inhibitor strips? I have had mine so long I don't remember where I got them...........................Al

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I have had INHIBITOR strips in my 3600 boxes for several years and they work extremely well even after 3 plus years.

Someone mentioned using uncooked rice in amother post to absorb moisture and this sounds very good as well.

Does anyone know where to purchase the inhibitor strips? I have had mine so long I don't remember where I got them...........................Al

this is where I found it http://www.theinhibitor.com/

Thanks for all the replies guys. For $5.99 I think I'll just get  a couple packs of the inhibitor  since you guys say it works so well.

I think I need to replace my plano boxes too. Mine don't have a seal and are pretty cheap.

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Not really, once you close the lid what gets trapped inside stays inside unless where you keep stored your tackle is extremely humid; the most you need to do is to replace the strips or the silica gel more oftenly, silica gel can be recycled, all you need is to bake it in a small electric oven at 100 C for 20-30 min, that dries the gel and it 's ready to be used again.

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hmmm how wet are your lures getting?  I mean I have never done any of the to my boxes, I store my tackle in my basement or Garage and I have never had any problem with rusting hooks.  I would first try storing your gear somewhere else.

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