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How To (Really) Organize a Tackle Box

It's time to finally organize your tackle box. Save yourself the headache and clean yours up now. Don't worry, we're here to help.

When we head out the door in the morning for a day of fishing, tackle box in hand, we envision a day of battling and defeating massive, record-breaking fish. Some days, we bring home the big ones; other days, we walk away empty-handed. However, while the fish come and go and the conditions shift from gorgeous to terrible on a daily basis, the most ever-present adversary many of us face on the fishing boat is our own disorganization. We've all been there: digging through our tackle box, trying to find a specific lure or hook or fishing line, but only coming up with rusty hooks and broken pieces of fishing line that, in that moment, we have no idea why we ever saved. You shouldn't save your broken fishing gear forever, but you can save yourself a headache by deciding to legitimately organize a tackle box.

1. Categorize.

A good tackle box - one that can actually aid your success as a passionate angler - should contain multiple compartments, each with a very specific storage use. Have a designated spot for your bait and a designated drawer for your lures. Choose spots for crankbaits, spinnerbaits, skirts, blades, jigs, and hooks. Try to sort them by which ones you use the most.

2. Label, label, label.

Having everything organized is one thing, but knowing how you organized it is another. Some people can arrange things in different boxes and compartments and always just quickly remember which thing is where. For most of us though, it's far too easy to forget where we put anything, let alone a specific item. By labeling your tacklebox in a way that you understand, you will be able to find any fishing necessity at a moment's notice - a boost in speed that can easily mean the difference between scoring a fish and going home with nothing to show for your day on the boat.

3. Follow your labels.

Also remember that the organization of your tacklebox is not a one-time job, but an everyday upkeep task. If you spend a Sunday arranging and labeling your tacklebox only to toss everything haphazardly back inside it after your fishing trip the next day, you might as well have never bothered with organization at all. The first step to tacklebox organization is deciding where you want everything to go and putting it there. The second step is putting everything back in those same spots every single time you go fishing. Disorganization leads to tangled fishing lines, tangled nerves, and plentiful frustration. It can even result in injuries - like a cut on your hand, for instance - if you need to go digging around in your box and nick yourself on a loose hook.

4. Keep it clean.

Another often-forgotten step of tacklebox organization is the cleaning and maintenance of your actual fishing gear. After you've used a hook or a lure, take a moment to wipe the fish blood or sea grime off the tackle before returning it to its storage spot. There's nothing like a smelly tacklebox to kill the mood of a re-organization session, so be sure to clean and disinfect everything you use.

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How To (Really) Organize a Tackle Box