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Ice tackle storage

As its getting closer the more I've been thinking about it.  Whats everybody doing for tackle storage?  I have one of these Vexilar tackle bags but would like something more convenient to work with.

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I keep a couple of these in a 5 gallon bucket.
 I am a 5 gallon bucket guy for ice fishing. I use one for my bait that also has a padded lid that I sit on, on for my tip ups, one with my rods in them, one with my tackle, gaf, rod holders, radio, flash light, etc.

4 buckets, my vexilar, a 3 man tent, a 10 inch auger, cooler for food and beverage on a sled. It takes me about 5 minutes to load up for ice fishing.

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I just use an extra plano tray (big one) from one of my tackle bags

 

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No tackle storage bag, box, container, plan, strategy, or process survives the first ice fishing trip.  Every one I've put together or seen out on the ice ends up a complete mess at the end of the trip.  Add a few adult beverages and it gets even better.  So, I just make sure I've got the necessary items in some type of box and go fishing.  Good Luck!! 

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Here's my problem. After a few marks that won't bite it seems like I have every lure I own laying somewhere in a 3ft area.

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That's a funny statement there I end up with spoons hanging all over and rapalas too then after beverages and folding up portable the next trip spend first hour digging hooks out of everything and putting back in box only to repeat next time

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kdm Said:
No tackle storage bag, box, container, plan, strategy, or process survives the first ice fishing trip.  Every one I've put together or seen out on the ice ends up a complete mess at the end of the trip.  Add a few adult beverages and it gets even better.  So, I just make sure I've got the necessary items in some type of box and go fishing.  Good Luck!! 

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That's a funny statement there I end up with spoons hanging all over and rapalas too then after beverages and folding up portable the next trip spend first hour digging hooks out of everything and putting back in box only to repeat next time

Argh!  Both you gents are well versed.  I try to keep the tackle at a minimum, and let everything have it's place in the tackle box.  I use 2 small soft sided tackle boxes that will fit into a 5 gallon pail.  If there is down time between bevies I try to put stuff back in it's place. 

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Heres what my ice tray looks like all organized and nice...... i think you all know what it looks like come january.... hahaha

 

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Heres what my ice tray looks like all organized and nice...... i think you all know what it looks like come january.... hahaha

I like that setup!  What are the dimensions of that tray?

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I think its like 15x12 ??? big enough to fit all my crap and not take up too much room. I used to have a small bag with a bunch of small trays and boxes but that just turned into a cluster. Having just one box to dig through has been much easier

 

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Nice spread! Very well organized. I think I have you beat as far as volume goes however, haha. I'll post a pic of my trays sometime later. I'd like to see what others have for ice tackle too!

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Heres what my ice tray looks like all organized and nice...... i think you all know what it looks like come january.... hahaha



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You can do like horsager and bring grocery sacks FULL of lures with.

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bontop2 Said:
Here's my problem. After a few marks that won't bite it seems like I have every lure I own laying somewhere in a 3ft area.

I like to keep a film canaster with me. maybe even two. If i need to change lures I just put it in the canaster. I like that, rather than laying them on the ice and possibly losing/forgetting/damaging them.

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I store my stuff in tackle boxes and them put them in my rod bag.

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All you need is a Genz Worm, a Buckshot, and a Chubby Darter and you should have all your bases covered!

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This is my set up, I love it, it holds four rods, 3 tackle boxes, my gaff, and a filet knife, which
the lid works great as a cutting board.  

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 Well that didn't work worth a shit posted from my phone! Try again later 

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Some great ideas for sure! I use 2 different tackle boxes, one for hard water and one for the boat. Clam is airing out, Vex is charged and working, a few reels already re-lined. Just gotta get the auger fired up and I'm ready for some hardwater!  

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Pickerel Tamer Said:
Nice spread! Very well organized. I think I have you beat as far as volume goes however, haha. I'll post a pic of my trays sometime later. I'd like to see what others have for ice tackle too!

Tell you the truth i dont want or need more crap in there haha. I pretty much just buy as needed or if a new color chubby darter comes out. My whole goal was to fit everything in one spot. things can and do get cluttered in the flipover - especially after a couple bowls of loud mouth soup haha

 

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 I use an el cheapo 4 box tackle bag that Scheels had on sale a couple of christmas' ago for 5 bucks. The zipper has lasted for 4 seasons so far, as well as all the snaps on the individual boxes. I sort my jigs and lures by color, with my jigging raps and whatnot in a seperate container. I mainly chase perch and walleye, so I don't have a whole lot of terminal tackle for the tip ups in that bag. I have a separate bag for the tip ups. With the divider tray thing in the clams, it makes it easy to keep the tackle separate and from getting hooked in everything. As far as switching up lures and making a mess, I fish with 6-8 different rods, having something different tied on each rod, so I can quickly make the transition for the finicky biters. This also keeps me from being rushed, and allows me more time to swap out lures and keep things organized. All of my tackle and gear fits into 5 gallon buckets, as they are so much easier to tote around than those plastic totes or individual bags and whatnot that I have seen used. 

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I just have a small tray with buckshots, kastmasters and chubby darters. Then I also have a small tray with dead stick tackle. Pretty much all I need/use is spoons. Only problem is when I am fishing I get too lazy to take off the minnow heads when I switch spoons. Then my tackle box gets a little smelly when I bring it inside! lol

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bowhunter_24 Said:
 I get too lazy to take off the minnow heads when I switch spoons. Then my tackle box gets a little smelly when I bring it inside! lol

Fuggin' gross man!



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Pickerel Tamer Said:

bowhunter_24 Said:
 I get too lazy to take off the minnow heads when I switch spoons. Then my tackle box gets a little smelly when I bring it inside! lol

Fuggin' gross man!

  I have 3 rods that ride in the front seat with me and more times than not they still have minnow heads on them still. My wife loves it!

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Last year i was driving around Devils drilling holes looking for them perchs. Marked a fish, dropped down - bam fish on! Dropped down again - bam another one. I reached back and grabbed a few minnows, threw them on the dash for quick access....bad idea. Two of them flopped there way down my defrost vent........ talk about a bad smell.......for months. My girlfriend wouldnt ride in my truck anymore for quite awhile lol

 

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Haha,
I once left a wally in the microwave to thaw, forgot about it for the weekend. When we came home form the cities, we discovered the worst stink of all time. After searching the garbage, kitchen cupboards, etc. I remember the microwave, and we ended up throwing it out. The stink never did go away.

Talk about just about killing a guy, cheap sob that I am I was now out a microwave and a bag of fish....

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Alright since this topic got a little off track, I'll add my gross ice fishing story.

Back about 5 years ago 2 of my buddies and I went ice fishing, and one of them brought spikes that we never wound up using since we fished for walleyes most of the time. They somehow got left with me, since both of them lived out of town. I left the container on top of the microwave for about a week and totally forgot about them. Then one day I was in the kitchen and I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. The container was now full of live flies. My knee jerk reaction was popping the container in the microwave for 15 seconds. WORST IDEA EVER. I almost hit the floor when I opened the microwave, worst smell EVER and instant gag medicine. It took a while to get that smell out of the microwave.



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All I use is the small clear tackle box that comes with a vexilar, I have 2 of em. One for jigging and one for deadsticks. Speaking of bait accidents I once had a foam bait bucket sitting on back seat on extended cab pickup on the way home for DL. Deer ran out in front of me and I nailed the brakes causing minnow bucket to dump all over my floor......talk about a mess. Spent a half hour picking up minnows off the floor. Didn't spill my beer tho!

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PickerelTamer and Johnr - both stories are absolutely awful acckkkk!!!

 

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