17 Dec Drew’s Tackle Box
Shopping for fishing lures, gear and accessories can be a challenge, especially for the weekend angler who just doesn’t have time to scroll through the thousands of lures and other products on the market. If you want to simply shop the items that have worked for me, I’ve narrowed it down to my most productive items and linked to their product page where you can easily purchase them. Be sure to read my recommendations on sizes/colors, how to rig them, and any other tips I’ve added!
Z-MAN – I realize I mainly have Z-MAN lures listed, but it’s not just because I’m sponsored, but much the opposite really; I chose the Z-MAN brand well before I was ever one of their Proz, predominantly because I know what I’m getting every time I open a package – a bait that has the right fish catching action, runs true, consistent, is durable (and non-toxic to the environment), holds up to hundreds of fish catches and ultimately this gives me the confidence I need to catch more and bigger fish.
I also like to keep things matching and very uniform when possible. It’s sort of like if you’re wearing a Nike hat, Addidas shoes and an Under Armour shirt…not a big deal (and believe me now that I’m married, a dad, I could care less! haha) but it just doesn’t match as well, or feel quite right….ok, that’s the best analogy I could come up with off the top of my head, but you know what I mean, so just go with it. It explains why I like the fact that all their plastics have a corresponding matching color to their wire/skirted baits, plus the proper trailer keepers to hold those Elaztech plastics on. This also goes for their hooks and jigheads as well, which have the best keeper system for their Elaztech plastic. If you’re using Z-MAN’s Elaztech plastic, you MUST USE THEIR HOOKS/JIGHEADS (or at least understand what holds them on the best so you can find a feature like that on another brand of hook/jighead). If you don’t, the lures will not work properly. The entire Z-MAN line of lures is full enough now, to where I really don’t need to use many other brand’s baits, except when I need to throw a topwater plug or other hard bait. So, yes, this is why it’s mostly Z-MAN stuff, and if you see me in person this is 90% what I’ll have in my Plano boxes. Of course I can’t list every single lure I use here, because some I rarely use and others I don’t use at all. I’m trying to save you some time here, so these are just the main ones that fit my style and have worked best for me.
ProjectZ Chatterbait: My personal favorite of the chatterbait line because it always performs flawlessly, has amazing components, the best trailer keeper IMO, and the double umbrella skirt which gives it a beefier profile and tapers off which makes the transition to the trailer cleaner. You can see it in smallmouth fish catching action on this episode of Hooked on Wild Waters; it was basically all I threw all day long!
My most commonly used weight is 1/2 oz, and my most used colors are Breaking Bream (clearer water) and Chartreuse Sexy Shad (stained water). I also like Sexier Shad, Green Pumpkin Shad (because you can add a white trailer or green pumpkin to really change the look depending on your water clarity) and plain white at times (real good for striped bass with a 5-inch Diezel Minnow as a trailer, as you can watch here in this video). I prefer to throw these baits on a 7 to 7’6 MH Fate Black or Omen rod, with 30lb Cortland Master Braid line (moss green), using a high speed reel such as the Concept Z, Inception Sport Z or Concept A or C reels.
Diezel MinnowZ (all sizes): Use these as a chatterbait trailer or by themselves on a Chinlockz hook, or any of the Z-MAN jigheads (Trout Eye, Weedless Eye, Texas Eye or TT Lures HeadlockZ HD) . For the 4-inch size, using the Chinlockz jighead I’d go with a 3/0 or 4/0 size. For the 5inch Diezel go with the 6/0 Chinlockz, and for the 7-inch use the 8/0. Weights are dependent upon how deep or shallow you want them to run, but better buy a pack of each weight to make sure you’re prepared for every situation. Also, the dorsal fin of this bait provides a nice weedless presentation, when pairing it with the Chinlockz hook. However, for me, at times, it can be too weedless. I like to bend the hook out some to make it ride just above the dorsal fin. Here is a video where I show you exactly how I rig it using the Mustad Weighted Grip Pin hook, which is the same thing as the new Z-MAN Chinlockz. If you prefer the black color, go with the Mustad Grip Pin. As far as bait colors go, in clear water I like the the Smoky Shad, Bad Shad or The Deal colors. If I get a slight stain and/or the fish are more aggressive then try colors such as Pearl, Sexy Mullet or even Gold Rush. When tipped behind chatterbaits just make sure to match the color the best you can and the more stained the water, go with a bigger Diezel minnowz and/or a brighter color. One of my favorite combos is the Breaking Bream colored ProjectZ Chatterbait with a 4 or 5-inch Houdini Diezel Minnow. Stained water, go with a Chartreuse Sexy Shad Project Z Chatterbait with a white 5-inch Diezel Minnow.
TRD CrawZ: This bait is one of most lifelike crawfish on the market, and it can be fished in so many different ways. Thanks to the elaztech plastic, it always wants to stand up in a natural defensive position. See it in action underwater here. I most often use this lure by itself on the TT Lures Nedlockz HD jighead or, for a more weedless presentation use the Finesse Bulletz jighead. Since crawfish live on the bottom of lakes and rivers, I usually go with a weight that will keep me in contact with the bottom. For this style of fishing it, make sure you’re using 6-10lb line and a spinning rod. I also only fish it this way in clear water. If I’m in more stained water or are fishing it in clear water (but around thicker wood) I’ll tip it on a Crosseyez Power Finesse jig – just match the color and make sure you thread it on straight and come out the top of the craw. For the latter presentation I usually use a 7ft rod with 30lb braided line. You can watch this video to see it catch multiple solid fish as its tipped on the Crosseyez Power Finesse Jig. Click play below to check out some visual proof of the TRD Crawz, on a Nedlockz HD jighead, catching some fish in skinny water!
Finesse TRD: The original bait that started the NED Rig craze. I rarely use this, not because it doesn’t catch fish, actually because it catches too many fish of all sizes. If I’m targeting bigger fish (which normally that’s what I’m doing) this bait simply catches too many fish of the medium or smaller variety. It will catch big ones too, but I personally feel that I may also miss some big fish because the smaller fish are winning the race to the lure. I’m sure most of you out there would not find this to be a problem, haha, so it is on this list because out of all the lures listed here, it catches the most fish. Just be sure to use it in clear or clear-ish water for best results and when the bite gets real tough and you aren’t catching any fish, put this one. I use 6-8lb test most of the time on a 7ft spinning rod. I prefer the Nedlockz HD jighead to pair with this bait, and be sure to get it perfectly centered when you thread it on…that’s the key to making this bait perform well. Swim it just above the bottom and give your rod small twitches, or lift up and let it fall, or bounce the bottom with it and let it stand up on the lake or river bed. Try to use colors such as Mudbug, New Money, Canada Craw, Molting Craw & The Deal.
Big TRD: See everything I wrote above, including colors. I use this bait more than the smaller version because I do feel like it is “finessy” enough, even in super clear water, and maybe it gives me a shot at a slightly bigger fish.
TRD Tubez: A small creek killer, as well as any clear water fishery that holds smallmouth bass. Tip these with the Nedlockz HD Jighead, with about a 6.5 to 7ft M or MH action rod with a spinning reel full of 6-10lb test and HANG ON! This is one of those baits that you can swim or have it bounce on the bottom, but either way you want the lure falling at a fairly slow rate so that when it falls it mimics a wounded baitfish. If you throw it in the right spot, you’ll often get bit before it hits the bottom. If you want this bait more weedless, you can also use the Finesse Bulletz jighead. My favorite colors are Green Pumpkin, Drews Craw, Molting Craw or Canada Craw. Click here to watch a great video on exactly how to rig it.
CrosseyeZ Power Finesse Jig: Love love love this jig. You can turn this bait into whatever you want based on the conditions. Allow me to explain; if the water is clear and fish are skiddish, try tipping this jig with a TRD Crawz, throw it on 10-12lb test on a MH spinning rod setup. Bounce it around rocks or the outskirts of laydowns. If the water is more stained or you’re fishing in heavy wood, then use the 3/8oz on a 7ft range MH baitcaster setup w/ 30lb braid. You can still tip it with the same TRD Crawz or something a little bulkier, and this jig skips really well too, as you can see by this cast and fish catch! Just make sure to match the color of the jig to the trailers to give it a nice matching look. Some of my favorite colors are Natural Craw, Green Pumpkin or Pond Scum. This is usually my go to jig in clearer water and when I’m targeting smallmouth, spotted or shoal bass. I also really like this lure when fishing for bedding bass because of its smaller size. I caught several fish on this lure on the episode below, including the one on bed that I have the video starting with. Feel free to rewind and watch the whole thing of course!
CrosseyeZ Flipping Jig: I go with this jig over the Power Finesse when I’m fishing for largemouth or when/if the water has more of a heavy stain. My favorite plastic bait to tip on this as a trailer is the Turbo Crawz, because the claws swim/flap when it falls and gives it a nice, lifelike action. Be sure on those Turbo Crawz that you detach the plastic portion that holds the claws together before fishing it. You can pull it hard, or cut it with scissors. Because I’m using this in more stained water, I often use the black/blue color, with the matching Turbo Crawz color. I also have success with Moccasin Craw (with orange Turbo Crawz) and Green Pumpkin. I use a baitcaster with 7’6 MH or H rod, 30-50lb braid when using this bait. Click play below to see how I use the Crosseyez flipping jig to target largemouth bass in the reeds.
CrosseyeZ Snakehead Swim Jig: Designed to be used with a trailer, typically one with a paddle tail (Diezel Minnow for instance) and cut through grass easier as well. When I need a more subtle swimming lure, as opposed to the chatterbait that is bulkier and displaces more water, I turn to this jig. I especially like to use it in areas with heavy cover where the chatterbait or a spinnerbait would get hung up easier. Paired typically with a 4-inch Diezel Minnow. This bait also skips pretty good as well, so you can get it into places that other lures just can’t get. If you’re skipping it and don’t have a lot of experience skipping jigs, try using the 1/4 oz version on a 6’10 to 7ft MH (with soft tip) spinning rod setup, with 15-20lb braid. If you’re comfortable skipping lures on a baitcaster, I like a 7ft MH (soft tip) with 30lb braid to get the job done! I love the Citrus shad (with Pearl Diezel Minnow) when there’s a little stain to the water and the Nuegill color with a Green Pumpkin, Redfish Toad or Houdini colored Diezel Minnow. Don’t overlook the Mouse Rat or Shad Spawn colors as well. If you want to learn more about this lure, check out this product walkthrough video by its designer, Bass Fishing pro, David Walker.
StreakZ (5-inch): This mid-sized Streakz is probably the most commonly used sized soft plastic jerk bait. This lure I usually have tied on any time the water is hovering in the upper 50s and above. I mainly use it as a “follow up” bait for when I miss fish on topwater, or any method for that matter. If they completely miss the bait, and were never hooked, then you can quickly toss this back out in the general area and catch that same fish, since this mimics a wounded baitfish so well. I also use it on its own to swim as fast as possible across the lake or river’s surface when fish are super aggressive in clear water. Think of it as a “finessy” version of a buzzbait. I pop the rod to make it jump out of the water, just like you often see a shad or minnow doing when being chased by a bass. My usual rod/reel setup is a 7 to 7.5 ft MH (with soft tip) or M Spinning rod and reel, paired with 8lb-10lb test braided line. Flouro or mono works as well, but I prefer the braid since I’m not fishing this slowly on the bottom, and especially in a kayak I prefer to have a no-stretch line whenever possible for the best hooksets. I mainly use the Pearl color, but also like Space Guppy, Smokey Shad or The Deal at certain times as well. One thing that people don’t think about much with a bait like this, is how good it is as a chatterbait, buzzbait or even spinnerbait trailer. Due to it not having a boot tail (like a Diezel Minnow or typical swimbait), the motion of the Chatterbait gives its straight tail an awesome snake like shimmy.
This first video is queued up to a part where I give a lesson on fishing this lure quickly across the surface, plus you get to see a nice smallie smash it while fishing it this way! Click play below to check it out!
This video is set to play where I’m fishing the Streakz through grass and lily pads. It’s actually one of my favorite ways to fish this lure because it comes through grass as well as, or better than any other soft plastic I’ve used. Click play to watch what happens when I let this lure swirl down for a few seconds!
StreakZ 3.75: Simply a smaller version of the Streakz, making it a great lure for smallmouth, spotted bass or any finicky clear water bass that are keying in on smaller baitfish. This is actually very similar to the Finesse Shadz; it’s is great on the Finesse Bulletz jighead, and performs well on a drop shot or split shot rig. I rarely use a drop shot, but I do use this in super clear water when baitfish are a little smaller. It’s also great as a spinnerbait or chatterbait trailer when you don’t want the profile to be large. Pearl is my go to color on this bait, especially as a trailer. It can also be fished on the 2/0 ChinlockZ jighead with much success. Try swimming it fast on the surface and watch the water explode! Best thrown on a M spinning rod setup, about 6’10 to 7ft with 8-12lb line.
StreakZ XL: Not a lot of people know I use this lure, but it is actually one of my favorites for big largemouth, spotted or shoal bass. Basically this is just a huge soft plastic jerk bait that you can really chunk a long way thanks to the Elaztech material’s unique ability to float. What this allows this lure to do is float to the surface, even with a (light) weighted hook! So, you can actually go even heavier (1/4 to 1/2oz) if you want a slow sinking presentation. This heavier weighted hook, plus the weight of this thick 8-inch jerkbait means you end up with a fairly heavy lure that is great to throw on a 7’6 MH rod with 30lb braid. You can twitch it like a normal jerkbait or, my favorite way, is to just swim it real slow and watch it glide side to side like a glide bait. You’ll want to try the larger 8/0 Chinlockz hook for this particular bait. Watch the video below, where I have it set to play right at my instructional segment on how exactly you want to fish this awesome lure!
Turbo Crawz: The Turbo Crawz has been around for a while, but it’s still very under appreciated because the Z-MAN plastics didn’t become as mainstream until the NED rig with the Finesse TRD. This is truly one of the most versatile baits in the entire line because I fish it in so many different ways. At times I use it as a chatterbait trailer, and it’s my favorite trailer for the CrosseyeZ Flipping Jig. I also TX Rig it, Carolina rig it, and it’s my favorite bait to punch and pitch into thick cover because the pinchers flap so nicely as it swims/falls. Before you use one, in any form, just be sure to break apart the small connecting piece that holds the pinchers together. I prefer cutting it clean with a pair of scissors. On the video below (and I have it queued up to start at this point) you can see how I use it with a 1.25 oz Titan Tungsten weight and a 4/0 Mustad Grip Pin Max flipping hook, to punch through matted vegetation in Florida. Click play to learn, and watch the wild waters action!
SlingbladeZ Spinnerbait: This is a solid spinnerbait, that I’m very happy comes in a 3/4oz size. When fishing in rivers, with heavy current I often use a 3/4 size to get the bait down deep enough. I’ve even gone as heavy as 1 oz or more on some of the Strike King spinnerbaits that I used to use. However, the sizes that this bait comes in, 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4 are what I use most often. If you want to fish the bait slower, you can keep the wire a little wider, but if you want to make it a little speedier, bend the wire closer and even make an additional bend downward to bring the blades even closer and just above the hook. If fish hit the blades, they’ll definitely get hooked! You can choose to put a trailer hook on this lure, for open water, or a trailer. I love the Streakz 3.75 or even the 5-inch version to give off a larger profile. Some people have success with a 4-inch Diezel Minnow tipped on the back. For stained water try the Chartreuse Pearl color or the Red Perch color. The Clearwater Shad or Spot Remover have always worked well in clear water for me, and if you’re burning it you can try the double willow version. Otherwise, I mostly stick to the tandem Colorado/Willowleaf blade combination.
I most often throw all my spinnerbaits on a 7 to 7’6 Fate Black MH rod; its the perfect rod/reel setup for spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, swimbaits and jigs. Click play on the video below, and it will start right at the point where you can see the Slinbladez in action!
Finesse FrogZ: The perfect small floating soft plastic frog imitation. Pair this with a standard Mustad Grip Pin hook (1/0 or 2/0) or for a little extra casting distance try the weighted 2/0 Chinlockz in either 1/12 or 1/8oz, depending on how far you need to cast and how fast you’re retrieving, since the 1/8 will sink a little faster if it isn’t reeled in at a fairly steady pace. Best setup for this lure is a 6’10 to 7ft MH or H action spinning rod with 15 to 20lb braided line. I prefer the Cortland Master Braid in moss green color. You could go down to 8 or 10lb test if you’re fishing this in more open water, and want a little extra casting distance, but for most purposes around thicker vegetation, you’ll want the 15 to 20lb test. Or, if you’re using the 1/8oz Chinlockz hook and are very good with a baitcaster, you could throw it on 30lb-40lb test with a 7 ft H action casting setup. Also, a cool tip is to put this on the back of a jig like the Crosseyez Power Finesse jig, or the Snakeheadz swim jig for a unique action.
FattyZ: An under rated lure from Z-MAN is the FattZ. This can be fished weightless like a Senko style bait, or wacky rigged, neko rigged, on a shakey head, or TX Rigged or Carolina Rigged. However, my favorite way to fish this lure on lakes or rivers with submerged vegetation, is on a split shot rig. I put a small split shot up the line, maybe about a foot up, and then TX rig the FattyZ (Green Pumpkin or similar color is my favorite). All you do then is throw it out and bring the bait in slowly. Point your rod tip at the lure, then pull your rod slowly to feel what’s going on. Wind up the slack and repeat. The split shot will lay on top of the submerged grass and because the Elaztech floats, it allows the FattyZ to rise above where the fish can clearly see it. I throw this on a spinning rod with 8-12 lb test.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper: I think this lure would be on everyone’s “shop my gear page,” and if you’ve ever fished one you know why. While I prefer to throw single hook lures often, due to fishing a lot of rivers and wild places that have heavy cover and thick vegetation, I still often find myself on lakes or rivers that are clearer, open water or rocky. My main thing is that I don’t want to get snagged on a log or in vegetation with a bait like this, so I prefer a buzzbait in many of those situations instead. However, when the conditions are right the whopper plopper is one fish catching machine of a lure! I like this bait in pretty much all sizes, but I use the 90 and 110 the most. Usually I throw this on a MH action 7’6 baitcasting setup (for long casts) with 30lb braided line. You can also add a rotating barrel type swivel to the eye of the bait to decrease any line twist that you’ll get…just a little tip that has helped me. Click play on the video below to see the whopper plopper in action!
13 Fishing Dual Pitch:A new take on walking baits that I’ve had success on. It has a loud knocking sound to really call the fish up from the depths, or get their attention in stained water. This bait walks the dog effortlessly, which spares your wrists a little wear and tear.
13 Fishing Cliff Banger: Most know that I really don’t throw a lot of crankbaits, but when I need to get deep and try to get a reaction bite, I’ve found the Cliff Banger to be effective. Favorite colors are Old Gregg, Chicken of the Sea and Fire Tiger.
Buzzbaits: In complete honesty, my favorite buzzbait was discontinued a while back, and I’ve still yet to find a true “winner” that I love. They all seem to work well, and get the job done. When or if I find one that I want to recommend to you guys, I will update this page with it. In the mean time, let me tell you why, even though I don’t have a specific one to share, I had to add buzzbait to this list of most commonly used lures. As you know I fish a lot of wild places, that are filled with structures such as sticks, logs, roots, rocks, grass, lily pads and various other types of grasses. A buzzbait is my preferred choice over a whopper plopper or walking type bait, simply because it is a single hook lure that gets hung up far less. Plus, overall, I feel that most people know that a buzzbait, due to its loud noise and blades which create a lot of commotion and larger profile, simply catches bigger fish! I like white, and white/chartreuse the most. Just sort through this page and find one that fits your eye. Here are a couple nice buzzbait strikes and also a good one can be seen by clicking play on the video below.
Nedlockz HD Jighead: Used with any of the Elaztech plastic lures I’ve mentioned on this page. For bottom bouncing lures go a little heavier, but for lighter stuff like the Finesse TRD or Big TRD, TRD Tubez, Trick Shotz etc try a lighter weight so the bait falls a little slower which gives it a “dying” affect. At times, you’ll have one on before you make your first crank on the reel! Click play on the video below, to see how lifelike the TRD Crawz is on the Nedlocks HD jighead.
Finesse Bulletz: Works real well with the TRD Crawz, StreakZ 3.75 or Finesse Shadz when you want to give your bait a more weedless presentation.
HeadlockZ HD:The stoutest of all the jigheads. If water is stained and you’re not needing the 3-D eye andmore “real life” look of some of the other jigheads, this is the way to go.
Chinlockz SWS Hook: Incredible hook for so many of the Z-MAN Elaztech plastic baits. I especially love it for all sizes of the Diezel Minnowz. The Mustad Grip Pin hook (below) can also be used for any of the Z-MAN swimbaits or soft plastic jerkbaits. Learn more about it, and the differences between it and the Chinlockz below.
Mustad Weighted Grip Pin Hook: This is similar to the Z-MAN Chinlockz hook, but with a few differences that may actually be important at certain times. The first difference, color, is probably just preference, as the lead on the grip pin is painted black, whereas the Chinlockz is the standard silver lead color. If I am using a darker swimbait, I like having the lead painted black. However, on the flip side if I’m using a white or Smoky Shad colored swimbait, I prefer the silver color to match a little better. The other difference is the grip pin comes in a 5/0 size, (Chinlockz goes from 4/0 skips to 6/0) and a 6/0 size, both of which are 1/4 oz weights, whereas the Chinlockz in both the 4/0 and 6/0 only come in the lighter 1/8 and 1/6 oz weights. Of course, if you’re looking for a larger version for a bigger swimbait, you’ll have to go with the Chinlockz because the grip pin only goes as big as a 6/0. The Chinlockz has an 8/0 version, a 10/0 version and even a 12/0 version! I’d love to see a bass big enough to where I need a 12/0 hook for its lure!
Also, on the flip side, the grip pin only goes as small as a 3/0, whereas the Chinlockz does offer a 2/0 size. They also make a grip pin version (below) that is not weighted. So, bottom line, if you need a darker colored hook or a heavier version, try the Mustad Weighted Grip Pin. To see how I use it to rig a 5-inch Diezel Minnowz, watch this video. Also, check out the hook in action on this underwater video of a Diezel Minnowz, with 5/0 weighted grip pin.
Mustad Grip Pin: Perfect for baits that you want to keep floating or sink at a very slow rate. Z-MAN’sElaztech plastic floats, so these unweighted grip pin hooks will actually still float when using any Z-MAN soft plastic. With other plastics, combined with this hook, you’ll get a slow sink. I prefer using this in conjunction with any baits that I’m TX rigging, Carolina Rigging, Split Shot Rigging, or want to keep floating on the surface, like the Finesse FrogZ.
Mustad Grip Pin Max: When flipping and pitching into heavy cover, this is a good choice. Pair it with a Turbo Crawz and hang on! I like to use a bobber stop before the weight to peg it, and it really seems to help it get through the grass a lot better.
I mainly use a heavy punching tungsten weight when flipping into heavy cover. My friend Matt Arey, who fishes the BASS Elite Series, turned me on to Titan Tungsten last year. So far I’ve found these weights to be the best for the money and they also have a few other cool things, such as unique weights, bobber stops, beads and swimbait hooks. My favorite products of Titan are listed below.
Flipping Weights: Tungsten is a necessity when it comes to flipping weights, which need to be very heavy. If they’re made of lead they will simply be too big. Whenever you come across vegetation that is super thick, flip into cover with a 1oz, 1.25 oz, 1.5 oz or even heavier to get your bait to fall through. I like the no chip coating that Titan Tungsten uses and the fact that they have the weight size printed on the weight itself. I also prefer to use one of their bobber stops to peg my weight when flipping. Pair it with 50 or 65lb Cortland Masterbraid and a 7’6 – 7’11ft H action flipping rod, such as a Fate or Omen Black.
Pro Series Worm Weights: These weights are great because they also come in green pumpkin and junebug colors to match the plastics you want to pair with them, and like all Titan Tungsten weights they have the weight printed on them to make sure you always know what size you’re throwing. The coating has an incredible resistance to chipping, so it holds up to the most rigorous fishing.
You can never underestimate the importance of being organized on the water. Everything and anything you can do in preparation, that even saves you just 30 seconds or 1 minute of fishing time in a day can be the difference between those few extra casts that end up being the one where a giant bites! Of course, if you can be organized enough to save yourself 10 or 20 minutes of fumbling around trying to find certain baits/hooks etc, then you’re really ahead of the game. I know we all don’t tournament fish, but even when I’m fun fishing, I don’t like to waste time; I want to be enjoying my time on the water and fishing, every moment I can.
The Plano Edge boxes: These Edge series boxes are true game changers. They won “best in show” at iCast for a reason, and now that I’ve had a chance to use them, I can see why. They pretty much make a box for every style of bait, and have come up with better/safer ways to store them as well.
A nice spot to label your boxes with a sharpie was added, and it’s easy to wipe off and erase if you end up changing the box to something else. The Rustictor technology, along with the built in Water Wick, is a nice touch that helps keep water out and baits from rusting. The only slight negative I’ve found is that they are a more brittle plastic so if you do happen to drop one, they can break easier, but you really have to drop it to break it so its a rare occurrence. If you need a box that is more bomb proof, and less expensive, try the Hyrdo-Flo boxes.
Plano Edge Chatterbait/Jig Box: The way they’ve designed the jigs and chatterbaits to fit in this box, is perfect. You can see them clearly, see how many of each color/size you have and grab them, and put them back, very easily. This box will see a lot of action as I plan to have a separate one for all my chatterbaits, smaller jigs, flipping jigs and swim jigs. I’m also really impressed with how thin they have kept this box, but yet it still holds so many jigs or bladed jigs.
Plano Edge Terminal Tackle Box: This may be my favorite of all the Edge boxes because terminal tackle like hooks, weights, swivels, jigheads etc are the hardest to keep organized. Most boxes, especially for us kayak anglers, get flipped around, turned upside down and shaken quite a bit. This causes most terminal tackle to slide all across the plastic dividers in traditional stowaway boxes. By the end of a few trips you just have a mess of stuff you have to re-organize. This box takes it a step further and even has little mini boxes/trays WITH LIDS that keep your items in place even if you flip the box upside down and were to shake it. It even has a separate spot for weights, and again a white strip for labeling them. I have found that 2 of these covers most all of my commonly used weights, hooks, jigheads and other terminal tackle.
Plano Edge Spinnerbait Box: I’m a huge fan of spinnerbaits and buzzbaits, so this is a box that will also see a lot of use. It’s a little bulky, but I still haven’t found a better way to currently organize your spinnerbaits. Being able to move the dividers is a nice touch, because most people probably have more 3/8 and 1/2 spinnerbaits than 1, 3/4 or 1/4 oz baits.
Edge Plastics Box: Upon the Edge line announcement, when I saw this box, I didn’t think much of it because I LOVE the system I already have for my soft plastics, the Plano Z-Series Tackle Wrap. However, once I received one I realized that it actually does have a very important place in my arsenal – larger soft plastic baits. The Z-Series wrap is great for smaller/thinner soft plastics, but once you get into larger swimbaits or any soft plastics that come packaged in a plastic “molded casing” to protect their shape (like the boot of a swimbait for example) you actually need a box like this. I typically use this box to hold Diezel Minnowz in the 4, 5 or 7-inch size, the larger StreakZ XL, or even baits like the Giant TRD or any SwimmerZ I still use. If you are into very large soft plastics like the HeroZ or Mag Swimz, this is the right box for you too.
Edge Small Hard Baits Box: Look, we all know I don’t use a ton of crankbaits, but I do use a fair amount of whopper ploppers and topwater walking baits, like the Dual Pitch. And, its not like I don’t own crankbaits, jerkbaits or lipless baits, but there is no doubt that I don’t own as many as most pro anglers. Its a product of my style and the wild places I fish, but I still love this box and its unique way of holding these hard baits. One of my favorite things, aside from how well you can see what you have, is that the hooks are all sunk down below in the spikes so you can literally rake your hand across the entire box and not feel a hook. It also allows an for infinite number of positions to place your baits, which maximizes space. For most anglers this is probably the most exciting of the Edge lineup. The only thing you need to know about this “small” box is that you cannot put anything in this one except small or thin crankbaits or jerkbaits. If they are too bulky like a wake bait style crankbait, they won’t fit. Great for all medium and small whopper ploppers, spooks, hard jerk baits and lipless cranks. The XL Crankbait box is good for GIANT crankbaits, and the only odd thing to me concerning the entire EDGE line is, “Where is the medium/large crankbait sized box?”
Edge Adjustable Stowaways: Basically this is your typical 3600 and 3700 (thin, medium, large) adjustable stowaway, but with all the Edge technology. At this moment, its probably the best way to stow medium and large crankbaits, and any larger topwater plugs that won’t fit in the smaller crankbait Edge box. With how specialized these boxes are, I’m probably not using this one as much, but I wanted to list it here because I know a lot of you out there will want this version.
Plano Z-Series Wrap: A kayak anglers dream when it comes to storing medium and smaller soft plastics. What’s not to love here – waterproof, easy carry handle, folds up to a small size, unroll to access a large amount of soft plastics, easy to see and organize, no zippers, just velcro, malleable and cylindrical shape to store in any number of locations on a kayak. I’ve been leading the charge for this product for kayak anglers ever since it came out, and it still is by far the best way to store and organize your soft plastics for a kayaker.
Plano Hydro-Flo Stowaways: Look, I get it, not everyone is a pro kayak angler and needs Edge boxes for everything. For those on a budget, but still want a great way to store and organize their baits, while protecting them from staying wet, the Hydro-Flo is for you. The holes in these boxes allow your wet lures to dry out, which prevents them from rusting. Huge fan of these boxes and how well they have worked for me on the kayak.