As any Mad Keen angler knows, when the fish are on, or your mate calls you to go fishing asap, you need to grab your gear and bolt! Having your tackle and fishing accessories organised can mean you are ready for any scenario and to cast a line with the right rod, reel, rig or lure as soon as you reach your spot. The last thing you want to be doing is sorting through a mess of lures, bags, messy tackle boxes and otherwise disorganised chaos!

That means you want to keep your fishing tackle organised. In this article, Mad Keen team member Sean Skip Thompson shares some of his well organised tackle storage tips so you too can access your gear quickly whether to pack for a trip or change your gear over on the water..


Hi folks. We pay a lot of money for our tackle and fishing gear, so it is important to look after it and make best use of it when we are on the water. The following points are a few of the things I do to ensure my gear is organised and ready for use when I am, regardless of the species I am chasing.

Rods and reels


  • Keep a running sheet of each reel in terms of its line brand, strength and its age. This means you aren’t second guessing the strength of your line when chasing your target fish. It also means you know when to replace old line.
  • Buy spare spools for your reels and keep them in a handy location in your boat or tackle bag so you can switch over quickly from lighter to heavier line or braid to mono for example
  • Reels should be stored with the drags backed right off to avoid damage
  • Store rods in rod racks and never stored leaning at an angle against the wall which can put the rod out of shape.

 Tackle boxes

  • 20180317_110637000_iOSMark tackle boxes with the size of the hooks, sinkers or swivels
  • Use small stackable storage boxes with species specific gear in them, eg Jew, Tailor, Snapper, Whiting – including rigs, spare line and traces and other accessories eg beads.
  • Species-specific tackle boxes are another great option, eg Tailor lures, whiting topwater lures.
  • Sort tackle boxes with depth specific trolling lures e.g. shallow and deep water trolling lures.
  • Soft tackle bags with sleeves are good to hold soft plastics still in their packaging, plus assorted jigheads, trace line of different diameters, braid scissors and lure scents

Other storage

  • 20180317_110856000_iOSLarger storage boxes are a good option to hold all beach fishing accessories, like shoulder bags, bait belts, knives, rags, worming bags, headlamps, rulers, scales, long nose pliers and more
  • Sliding plastic drawers from Bunnings are good to store spare spools, knot books, marker pens and general line cutting tools, knives, pliers and more
  • On trips away I like to take a large portable collapse bag so gear is stored neatly and easily accessible from the back of the 4WD for example.
  • I also carry a large crate to put my waders, bait belt, shoulder bag, talcom powder (to avoid chaffing etc) in for 4WD fishing trips with mates, to keep your gear easily accessible and not mixed in with your mates.
  • Wet weather gear and reef shoes are good to store in one box as well.

So there you go. I hope these tips help you to organise your gear so you are ready to hit the water asap and you know where all your lures/rigs etc are when the fish are on. are a few storage tips for now. For more tackle tips and fishing tips more generally be sure to jump on my Facebook page – Ontour Fishing Australia

Tackle Storage Tips