What Makes a Great Fishing Tackle Bag?
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ for tackle bags. However, there are a variety of bags that suit different users due to their application and preferences. However, there are some non-negotiable features that a fishing tackle bag should include.
Your tackle bag needs to be able to withstand a variety of wild and possible tough outdoor environments. Therefore you’ll need a bag that’s robust and durable enough to potentially take a beating and still last for a long time.
Great quality construction is usually the best tell-tale sign of the durability and longevity of a bag. Pay attention to the construction features that are aimed at strengthening the bag. For example, heavy-duty zippers, reinforced stitching, and ergonomic shoulder straps are all signs of a durable fishing bag.
Also, always make sure that your fishing bag remains waterproof in all conditions. Tackle weight a lot, by the time you’ve filled your bag it can weigh more than 20lbs. Therefore, it’s important to check that your bag is made from waterproof materials to avoid extra weight from water.
Most tackle bags include transparent plastic utility boxes that are quick and easily removable for access when rigging or packing. This feature provides an advantage because the angler can fill numerous utility boxes by tackle type and they can mix and match by switching them out rather than owning multiple tackle boxes.
Extra pockets and compartments stretch and flex to stuff in as much as possible! Organization using various numerous trays is endlessly flexible and many bags include removable velcro dividers to customize the size and shape of inner compartments.
A tackle bag’s shoulder strap distributes the weight of the bag across the shoulder which is easier on the body and leaves a hand free to carry rods or grab railings.
Important features include an adjustable strap, sufficient width of weight distribution, heavy-duty nylon construction, padded shoulder point and reinforced stitching at the attachment points. The handle placement on tackle bags is important because the worst-case scenario is your bag tearing at the attachment point.
We love The BLISSWILL Fishing Backpack because it has a comfortable and unique triangle shoulder straps that are wide and padded to relieve shoulder and back pain.
Heavy-duty zippers work perfectly alongside waterproof materials to protect their valuable bag contents and function even when distressed or exposed to saltwater environments.
For saltwater fishing, you’ll need to carry a lot of gear in your saltwater fishing tackle bag which may result in overstuffing the side pockets. This is where good zippers come into play. Not only does the zipper need to stay shut under pressure, but it also needs to handle the weight.
Water-resistance is important for preventing rusted tackle, damaged personal possessions, and soggy snacks and sandwiches. Your new fishing tackle bag must be extremely waterproof, including the closures, for use in various outdoor environments.
Additionally, waterproof backpacks offer stain resistance from mud and they don’t hold the musky smells that untreated bags have.
Rod holders make a huge difference to your fishing trip because they free up your hands while you’re hiking back and forth from the car to your location. Most fishing tackle bags will have at least two strong mesh rod holders on each side.
These are perfect if you’re using multiple poles to fish with or you could put a few in the rod holders and decide which one you want to use when you get to the water source.