Tackleboxes Tackleboxes come in many different sizes, shapes and styles. Here are the main types and how to use them.
"...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, tackleboxes 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
Possumbelly 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 possumbelly-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 tackleboxes 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 tacklebox 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 boxed 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. -- Bryan
  • When using a drawer or a utility box tackle box, try organizing things in one box. Like here's what I have: crankbaits/rattletraps, worms, weights, hooks, spinnerbaits, and jigs. This helps you especially when conditions are changing and you need a quick change. -- Daniel Langton

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