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Tackle Box Bargain?

Updated: Jun 24, 2023

I don't want to spend a fortune on fishing gear until I have done enough of it to know that it is a stayer in my list of hobbies, on the other hand, it is not possible to do a lot without hooks and lures and other tackle.

The 2 weights and 2 mackerel rigs I bought with my first rod and reel purchase were in a plastic lunch box, great but where will I store the other things which I need? scissors, hooks etc are all sharp so it needs to be tough.

I looked at tackle boxes, I do actually own one already, a decent Plano one (USA-made and solid) like the grey one but it is full of radio-controlled racing parts which I need to find a new owner for.

It was also pointed out to me that, as a beginner, I'm going to lose a lot of stuff with hooks getting snagged and just two sets of weights and rigs is unlikely to get me past my first session.

Anyway, a bit of an eBay trawl and I've found the answer, another Plano box, the red and grey one, it came packed with gear. Some of it is for boat fishing and too large for me right now but a lot of it is relevant and adding up the cost of lures, hooks, swivels, etc was a real bargain at £51 including postage, particularly as the grey ones cost £49 empty and even the useful contents (i.e., the ones I understand) of the box would have cost well over £100 which I would have quickly spent topping up my meagre selection.

It looks like I'm sorted, a strong tackle box and a wide enough range of things to put in it to allow me to learn what works for me. There are even some unhooking tools and spare line and a hook sharpener, I didn't know that was a thing.

At the end of the day, if this doesn't work out for me and I fade away after a few summer fishing trips, all I'm likely to lose is the postage cost as it could be sold on to another beginner.

The grey one, once emptied, will make a good place to put the things I need to build rigs and any spare tackle as it seems to be a lot cheaper to buy hooks and lures in multi-packs to minimise the postage cost.

When I get around to selling the RC gear, I'll hopefully have some funds to see this year's fishing needs costing me nothing. I'll be sad to see it go as it was a big thing to me a few years ago but it is another one of those hobbies which involves a lot of travel, I did 600 miles every week as there were no clubs near where I live.

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