Fishing 101: Organising Your Tackle Box

Once you get into fishing as a hobby, it’ll seem like you have accumulated a lot of gear. You’ll find that you have a lot of lures and gear in your boat or storage closet. Your tackle box will start to get out of control, and you’ll be digging around for lures. This will turn you off fishing, and you’ll start wishing you had the magical fishing fairy maids sort through your tackle to find the right lure. Now would be a great time to organise your tackle box and get your gear under control. Here's what you need to do:

Start With a Clean Tackle Box

The first thing you want to do is empty your tackle box. You’ll want to clean it out and wipe down the box's interior. This is a time when you can get rid of some of the items you won’t use anymore. Also, you can throw out any dirt or crumbs in the box. Go through your tackle and get rid of any lures or items you won’t use. Throw away any old line that is frayed or old and doesn’t have any life left in it. Remove any objects that are trapped in the box, such as coins or keys. Make sure the box is clean, and you’re ready to start organising.

Organise Your Hooks

The next thing you want to do is start organising the hooks. Start by taking the different sizes of hooks and sorting them by size. You may want to use a small cup or plastic bin to sort them by size. Then you can start creating little bundles with the different sizes of hooks. If you want, you can create bundles for different types of fishing, such as saltwater or freshwater. You can start organising your hooks based on the type of fish you want to target. For example, if you want to target salmon, you can have a bundle of different salmon hooks. By doing this, you’ll always know exactly where the different hooks are during the fishing trip.

Sort Your Lures

After you have your hooks organised, it's time to organise your lures. Start by sorting the different sizes of lures. Then you can start creating little bundles with the different sizes of lures. You’ll want to go through each lure and be sure to remove any old hooks or pieces of the line. This will help keep your lure organised, so you know exactly where it is. You also want to make sure you have a variety of different lures to choose from. The more options you have, the better. This will help you catch a variety of different fish. Just make sure you have a variety of different weights for lures for each different situation you’re fishing in.

Label Each Section

The last thing you want to do is label each section of your tackle box. You don’t want to start fishing and have to dig around for the right lure. It’s also inconvenient when you have to dig through your tackle box to find the right lure. Labelling each section will save you from this hassle. It will also help you be more organised and help you access the different lures faster. You can use dividers to section each type of tackle.

Make Sure You Don’t Overload

Finally, when organising your tackle box, you need to make sure you don’t overload it. Overloading your tackle box will make it harder to carry. It’ll be a lot more likely that you’ll drop your box or spill the contents. This will also make it harder for you to carry it around, and it could be a safety issue as well. Therefore, it’s important to stay organised yet not overloaded. You’ll always want to make sure to have your fishing licence with you as well. If you have a lot of equipment, you may need to have a tackle box or backpack when you head out to the lake.


Organising your tackle box will make your fishing trips more enjoyable. You won’t have to worry about digging through a sea of lures to find the right one. By following these tips, you'll always know where your fishing supplies are.

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