How to Organize Your Fishing Tackle

How to Organize Your Fishing Tackle

Hey y’all!  I shared a previous post on how I set up my tackle bag and a lot of you were pretty fond of the way I did it, so I thought I’d share with you how to organize your fishing tackle in your workshop, like the way I rearranged mine this past weekend, to make it an organized fisherman’s dream.  It’s no Iaconelli workshop, but it’s a step in the right direction.  (If y’all missed it, Ike recently did a Periscope on his brand new workshop, complete with spooling station, rod lockers, lure pegboard wall, and pull-through doors to make storing his boat a breeze. Talk about #bassfishinggoals)

Before I began organizing my garage, it was a disaster.  I had lures everywhere – on the floor, overflowing out of my tackle bags, on top of my kayaks, under my kayaks – any horizontal surface I could find – you name it, it was covered!  Most of the time, if I was looking for a particular color of soft baits or a hard lure I thought I bought, I couldn’t find it.  Rather than rummage through it all, I’d just run to Bass Pro Shops and buy it again.  Not only will I save money by having my garage organized, I’ll save time too.  (I won’t frequent Bass Pro Shops any less, but at least I won’t buy the same thing twice, unintentionally)

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So the first thing I did to begin this organizational journey, was to run to Walmart and pick up a set of Edsal 48”W x 18”D x 72”H Ultra Rack shelves for $50.19 each.  They easily snap together and are sturdy enough to hold up to 4,000 lbs. – a solid investment.  Then I bought (15) Sterilite 14”L x 8”W x 4 7/8” H plastic storage bins for only $0.94 each, so that I could organize everything I had into separate bins by lure type (mainly useful for soft plastics) Then, my final purchase was a Dymo Label Maker for $17.99 in order take my organization to the max.

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By creating specific categories by bait type, I now have an organized tackle system that will allow me to know exactly which bins to go to when I’m looking for a certain type of bait.  If I know I’m going to be drop-shotting that day, I can grab the whole bin and throw it in the boat, or I can go straight to the bin labeled “Drop Shot Worms” and pick out the bags I need to put in my tackle bag and go.  You may have different categories than I do depending on your favorite baits and what you like to use.  I created categories, such as:  Biffle Bugs, soft swimbaits, NetBait chunk trailers, frogs & turtles, senkos & stick baits, Carolina rig plastics, and brush hogs.  The category, “Ginger’s Baby Lures,” is my personal favorite – those are all of my girlfriend’s tiny hard lures that she loves to pick out when we go shopping because they’re cute, I guess.  Nevertheless, they have a spot on my lure shelf with the rest of them (or I’d never hear the end of it – ha.)

If you have any good tips on how to organize your fishing tackle, post them in the comments below.  Feel free to share your pictures of how you set up your workshops!  You can tag us on Instagram @texasbassanglerpro , on Twitter @TBAngler and on our Facebook page at Texas Bass Angler.

Keep on Rippin,’

Texas Bass Angler

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