5 Fishing Tackle Storage Ideas

Hey there my fellow fishing enthusiasts. Today we are going to come away from the water and discuss 5 fishing tackle storage ideas to keep your gear at home this year. Now, if you are like me, you may need to look into home storage options for your fishing gear for one of two reasons:

  1. You have so much that you can’t possibly fit it all into your portable tackle bag/box, or…
  2. You prefer to keep most of your tackle at home and only take with you what you need each time you go fishing so as not to expose it all to the elements.

Now obviously the other influence you have here is the amount of space you have to store all of your stuff however if either of the above relates to you (or you have another reason) then let’s check out some of the options you can choose from below…

1. Plastic containers

My first option is probably where we all start in that as we begin to grow our tackle collection, we find ourselves an old ice cream, takeaway or food storage container to keep it all in the one spot. This will suit your needs perfectly if all of your tackle is in small bags and can be ‘stacked’ together in the container for easy access.

As you get more and more stuff, as long as you have the shelf space, you can just keep adding containers for each tackle type – hooks in one, swivel in another and so on. This is definitely a viable option and will work well for quite a while without costing you too much money at all. The only real problem here comes when you run out of space for all of those containers – although I have seen a number of people then turn to the big camping boxes from there too.

2. Plastic tackle trays

Our next option still needs a little bit of shelf space, but does allow you to stack your boxes vertically and better segregate your tackle – especially if you do not have it all in little bags. Plastic trays are purpose built containers with a lid and segregated sections inside for tackle, lures etc. Some come with movable barriers to adjust compartment size or little handles for carrying.

These options are goood for a number of reasons including:

  • You can simply pick one up to take with you and leave the others behind (sort of like a ‘go bag’)
  • Many will slip easily into a tackle bag or backpack.
  • They can be stacked on top of each other to save shelf space.
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3. Large tackle bag/box

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Our next option is for those who don’t have a lot of storage/shelf space in their garage, or want something a little more portable. We have discussed the use of tackle boxes and bags for different fishing requirements a number of times on this site in terms of taking some tackle with you to the water’s edge. What we are talking about here however is the super sized option that stays at home with all your spare stuff in it.

These can be a hard cased tackle box or softer bag type arrangement and many are equipped with the plastic trays discussed in option 2 above for ease of access. The other advantage here obviously is that if you did need to take all of your stuff with you then you can simply pick it all up by the handle and off you go!

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4. Re-purposed toolboxes

I actually got this next idea from a friend of mine who has done this exact thing in that as his collection has outgrown the three options above, he has re-purposed a rolling toolbox into a fishing storage setup. This is probably the most expensive option listed here however by design, these types of toolboxes are already setup to store tools on an orderly manner so adjustment to tackle/lures etc. is not a large stretch.

The other advantage here is that if you have a lot of tools for use in rod and reel maintenance or you make your own lures etc., then this option can also provide for designated draws for them and a workbench on top as well.

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5. Purpose built cabinet

And finally, for those of us who like to show off our ‘stuff’ or want to keep it all somewhere a little nicer – such as in the actual house – then maybe a purpose built fishing cabinet will suit. These are built for purpose cabinets that generally include:

  • Shelves/slots for plastic tackle tray
  • Drawers for larger items
  • Tools slips and holders
  • ‘Work’ table at top for re-fixing line etc.

Many also include clips and holders for rods and reels too.

As with the big toolbox option above, these obviously will cost a little more however, as mentioned, if you are looking to keep your stuff inside then these will not only keep all of your fishing gear neat and tidy, but look like part of the furniture as well.

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And there they are – 5 fishing tackle storage ideas to keep your gear at home this year. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please let me know of your experiences or any other tips you may have.

Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections or would like me to check anything else out for you.

Until next time

Have fun


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Hi, I'm Paul

I am a passionate fishing, camping and four wheeled driving hobbyist who researches, tests and educates around issues and equipment relevant to them.

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