A big part of fishing is having a good quality tackle box to hold all your fishing gear. So we’ve put together a guide to the best tackle boxes for fishing that runs the gamut from small pocket boxes to configurable multi-tray boxes.
BEST TYPES OF DEVICE BOXES
While the classic style tackle box with the extendable top and drawer style tackle boxes are fine and still simple enough for beginning anglers, today’s anglers love modular systems that can work in a boat, in a backpack, in a kayak or simply thrown into it. the back of a truck. We therefore recommend different styles of modular trays and utility-style waterproof hard tackle boxes that fit easily into a backpack or compartment in a boat.
You can buy many single trays and put different types of lures in each one. Or you can buy the larger configurable ones and put all the different types of tackle for the bodies of water you fish into one.
Many pre-configured tackle boxes will serve specific purposes, and we like them, but we also like tackle boxes that you can configure yourself on the fly.
THE BEST GEAR BOXES FOR KAYAK FISHING
The most important things for kayak fishing tackle boxes are:
- to be watertight
- being easily accessible
- be stable in the kayak
While most people opt for small dry bags or a bag with several dry boxes, a good dry bag with a few small boxes also works.
THE BEST GEAR BOXES FOR BOATS
For us, the most useful tackle boxes in boats are the 3600 and 3700 utility boxes which you can stack on their sides to fill a tackle box. When you have a boat you tend to carry a lot more gear organized by lure type or even color or season. And if you’re like us, you keep most of your gear at home and only load the boxes you need for the season or type of fish you’re chasing. So you can’t go wrong with a bunch of Plano Stowaways or Flambeau Utility Boxes with Zerust.
THE BEST DEVICE BOXES FOR SOFT PLASTICS
You can certainly store soft plastics in rigid boxes. We keep a few boxes with soft plastics that we go through very quickly. But keep in mind that plastics and materials like Elaztech can warp and compromise finely crafted plastic tackle boxes.
For this reason, we mainly keep our soft plastics in their original bags and then store these bags in soft cases like the Buzbe Quik Qubes, Plano Speedbags, Torch Heritage Bait FilesWhere Bass Mafia Money Bags.
THE BEST GEAR BOXES FOR THE SPECIFIC FISHERY
So now that you’re more familiar with the different uses of different tackle boxes, here’s a list of individual picks for the best tackle boxes we like for many categories of fishing needs.
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BEST CONFIGURABLE DEVICE BOX – PLANO EDGE FLEX DEVICE BOX
Our favorite is the Edge Flex box which is a deep 3700 sized Edge box that comes with lots of different dividers to literally configure it however you want. It has become our go-to travel box for travel because I can resize the compartments to fit all types of lures, bags, or accessories I need to go on a trip in one box. It’s super versatile, rugged, waterproof, and quick and easy to access.
Read our full review on it here
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BEST SATCHEL STYLE TIE BOX – FLAMBEAU SATCHEL
At $69.99, the Flambeau Waterproof Satchel 3000 with two WP3012 Ultimate Tuff Tainers is a bit of an investment, but well worth it. Able to organize, protect and make available a wide variety of tackle and gear, it is the perfect tackle box for avid anglers and recreational anglers.
Read our full review here
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BEST PROTECTION – BASS MAFIA CLEARVIEW BAIT COFFIN
The original Bass Mafia coffins were created because the founder backed onto the “other brand” box on a fishing trip and ended up in the ER with several large deep dive hooks in his foot.
The latest iteration is the Bass Mafia Clearview Casket with a clear lid that allows for easy identification of your hardware at a glance while providing its protection and durability. Heavy-duty hinges, clasps and dividers keep your gear secure and in place.
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BEST SPECIFIC BAIT BOX – DAIWA TACTICAL LONG STICKBAIT BOX
These new Daiwa Tactical storage boxes are smart and we particularly like the one for jerkbaits. If you pay high prices for the finest and finest jerkbaits, you not only want to keep them safe and protected, but maybe show them off in this stylish box. Its narrow profile, easy-open lid, hook slots and more make it the complete package for jerkbait storage. It contains 16 of your best jerkbaits.
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BEST JIG BOX – DAIWA G-BOX 3200
Gamakatsu have been making these foam insert G-Boxes for a few years, but they are still our favorites for storing hooks, jig heads and jigs. They’re inexpensive, keep all your terminal gear secure, and make everything easy to grab and rig in an instant. They are lightweight, with a quick action clasp. I love these boxes to store all my crappie jigs, treble hooks, hand tied jigs.
Read our full review here
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BEST DEEP BED BOX – BUZBE COLONY 28 MOD DEEP
The good thing with the Colony 28D’s customizable tubs is that you can get larger tubs for your bigger lures and smaller tubs for your smaller baits and terminal tackle. It’s also handy when, as with my collection of lipless crank baits, I have 30 crayfish of one shade but maybe only half a dozen gold baits. Thus, it can be adjustable according to the size of the decoys or the terminal equipment or it can be adjustable according to the quantity of a particular decoy or color. This gives you plenty of options as an angler depending on your individual bait collection.
Check out our full review here
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BEST 3-TRAY BOX – LURE LOCK 4-IN-1 BOX
The 4-in-1 Lure Lock Box comes with the large box, two additional trays and two different systems for the dividers. With the original divider system you can create spaces from 1 to 24 depths. With the wider green dividers you can have 1 to 18 deep spaces. With the two tray system you can have three narrow and wide storage tiers and with everything ready to go you can have a large box to bulk store anything from line to tools or big baits.
Read our full review here
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BEST ATTACHMENT BOX FOR BEGINNERS – Flambeau Small Double Satchel
The lightweight and portable double-sided design of the Flambeau Small Double Sided Satchel makes it perfect for a fishing trip or weekend exercise. Multi-deep compartments accommodate many different sized lures and terminal gear. It’s very affordable at $15, making it a great choice for beginner anglers who haven’t accumulated boxes and tackle boxes yet.
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BEST POCKET BOX – GAMAKATSU G-BOX POCKET UTILITY CASE
These small Pocket G-Boxes from Gamakatsu fit in a small front pocket of your shorts or vest and make it easy to carry your terminal equipment. I often have a few plastic bags and a few hooks and weights when doing pond jumps or jumping on the paddle board to fish small bodies of water. Their box is very thin, so you can only carry small tackle in it. But it’s good for small bullet sinkers, hooks, beads, bobber stops, split shots, split rings, small jig heads, o-rings, etc.
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BEST FISH BOX – GRUV SMALL JIG BOX
These small Gruv jig boxes are still some of the best small jig boxes I’ve found for things like flies, tungsten ice jigs, small jig heads, and small panfish hooks. I have one of these boxes in a little zippered pouch with my few plastic panfish bags and it all fits in a pocket. So I always have my panfish jig kit ready wherever I travel.
The Gruv Small Jig Box features rubber jig holder slots, a magnetic closure that stays closed and provides quick and easy access to jigs with cold hands.
Read our full review here
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THE BEST BRANDS FOR APPLIANCE BOXES
So that’s a good list of specific boxes that we’ve used and really like for various applications. But every angler is different and if you don’t see one that fits your needs perfectly, the good thing is that there are dozens of options for you.
If you are considering exploring more tackle box options, we recommend the following tackle box brands:
- Low Mafia
- Evolution outside