We featured a video with Aaron Martens earlier this year where he laid out how he stored a lot of his fishing tackle. Since then, we’ve had a lot of questions about how to store crankbaits, worms, and the various assundries and angler needs on hand that don’t all fit in the same size boxes.
That’s sort of the beauty of Martens’ system, in which he has now converted me to as well. He actually prefers small boxes as to large boxes for a lot of his tackle.
“I don’t need to carry 100 Megabass crankbaits in my boat,” Martens said. “I can carry a handful of my favorite proven colors for various water conditions in practice. Then as I dial in on a specific pattern or color, I can go to my truck and reload the box with just the color I want. Most of the time I won’t lose a crankbait or sometimes as many as two in competition any way.”
When I asked Martens why boxes and not bags for plastics, I got a similar story about just being more efficient with his time on the water.
“Six years ago I would have these huge bags and inside those bags would be hundreds of smaller bags of plastics in tons of different colors and shapes. What I finally realized was I’d get down in the boat digging through bags and bags for 5 or 10 minutes at a time and get totally off track from what I was doing. Now I store my plastics by type and shape and then I just grab that one box, open it, get what I want and I’m back fishing in secondsd instead of minutes. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but you do that 10-20 times a day and now you’re talking about hours lost of fishing time.”