Plano Edge Tacklebox


Bass Fishing Tips, Techniques, and How To's
"...bass fishermen leave their homes more prepared than Boy Scouts. They have at least two of everything in five different colors. They all have the equipment necessary to confront anything short of a nuclear attack."
--Jimmy Houston

One of the necessities of bass fishing, tackle boxes come in many different sizes, shapes, and styles, some of which will suit your way of fishing more than others. Here are the main categories:

Possumbelly Tacklebox

Possum belly

Possum belly boxes are usually the largest, heaviest, and most expensive. They are designed to hold everything you're likely to need on the water and are the favorites of many tournament fishermen.

Drawer Tacklbox


Drawer boxes offer large storage capacity and do not require as much clearance as a possum belly-style box when opening the drawers.

Utility Tacklebox


Utility boxes are inexpensive plastic boxes, often clear, designed for a wide variety of storage needs, not just fishing tackle. They are useful for holding small tackle items.

Two-sided tacklebox


Two-sided boxes have compartments on each side and have a surprisingly large capacity for their size.

Fold-out or hip-roof tackleboxes


Fold-out or hip-roof tackle boxes are the most popular and least expensive. One or two tackle trays and a larger bottom compartment is a common form of this box.

Modular tackleboxes


Modular tackleboxes are designed to hold certain lures or tackle items, such as pork rind, lure scents, spinnerbaits, etc.

Soft-plastic tackleboxes


Soft-plastic tackleboxes can be "molded" to fit tight storage spaces and are very light in weight.

One-sided tackleboxes


One-sided tackleboxes are smaller versions of the two-sided models for use when less capacity is needed.

Organizing Your Tacklebox

Inexperienced fishermen tend to buy a tacklebox that's too small for their growing needs. Experienced fishermen tend to carry too much "stuff" with them. Between these two extremes is an ideal compromise. Here are some tips:

  • Store worms and other soft-plastic baits in a "worm-proof" container away from other lures. This will prevent the chemical reaction that can happen when soft plastics and baits of other materials are stored together.
  • Rather than buying one giant tackle box to carry everything you own, buy two or three smaller boxes to contain certain categories of lures. Such as worms, spinnerbaits, and plugs.
  • Or consider using "seasonal" boxes designed to carry only those lures you'll use in a given season. Each of these boxes can be considerably more compact, and less expensive, than a giant box.

Seasonal Tacklebox Lure Selection

Spring spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic worms, minnow lures, etc.
Summer Plastic worms, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, crankbaits, noisy topwaters, flipping jigs, tail-spinners, etc.
Fall Jigs, grubs, crankbaits, topwaters, thin metal vibrating baits, Rat-L-Trap, etc.
Winter Jigs, grubs, jigging spoons, thin-metal vibrating baits, etc.

Other Items to Carry

Nail clippers compass snaps & swivels sunscreen
camera O-Rings needlenose pliers first-aid kit
insect repellent knife fish attractant extra line
hook sharpener hand towel scale worm dye kit


  • Carry a spice bottle of garlic powder in your boat. After you put on lotion, sprinkle a little in your hand and rub them together. Garlic covers everything... see you on the water.
  • When using a drawer or a utility box tackle box, try organizing things in one box. Examples: crankbaits/rattletraps, worms, weights, hooks, spinnerbaits, and jigs. This helps you especially when conditions are changing and you need a quick change.