Ideas To Store Your Soft Plastics

If you’ve been around FishVault long enough, you know that each month’s box includes several brand name fishing items along with some popular hard and soft baits. Today we are going to look at some of the best ways to store your soft plastics during the season. There isn’t necessarily a perfect way for all anglers to store all soft plastics. Instead, it’s a spectrum where some soft plastics are better stored one way instead of another.

Grouping original packs -

Take either a large ziplock bag or a cheap plastic storage bin and store several packs of the same soft plastic in them. This allows you to have multiple color selections of the same bait as well, which isn’t possible if you were to combine all the baits in one big bag loosely. Now you can still grab a pack at a time and put it in your pocket, and still have a good storage system and know exactly where to look when you need another pack of baits. This also helps keep an accurate inventory of what you have on hand, and you can order more of my favorite baits when the stock gets a little low.

Storing baits this way works well for fishing in a big boat, but this is also a great system for anglers who are fishing from the bank, a kayak or the back of the boat and are only able to bring a limited amount of tackle. If you keep the majority of your tackle stored this way at home, you’ll be able to find what you need for each trip a lot easier.

In trays -

For the anglers fishing from the bank, kayak or back of a boat, this is what we would highly recommend. Taking a tray and combining a pack of soft plastic sick baits, flukes, lizards and trick worms into one box will ensure that you have a good variety of soft plastics on hand without having to carry 20 - pounds of plastics around. Then, between each trip you can restock from your well organized inventory back home and you’re ready to go again.

These techniques for storing soft plastics may not be revolutionary, but what you’ll find is that often the best solution is the simplest. Don’t overthink storing soft plastics. There will always be some slight drawback to any method. But keeping the baits in their original packages and organized in groups of packs works well in a big boat and wherever you store the bulk of your baits.

Keeping a few of the essentials on hand in a tray works well for kayakers, bank beaters and co-anglers. And though it’s rarely beneficial in our opinion to lump a horde of soft plastics in one big bag, there’s a time and place for everything. Hopefully this piece will help you sort through the clutter and dial in the method that’s right for you.