Have you ever been out on the boat, brilliant sunshine and perfect seas, poised and ready to reel in that first catch of the day? Then, out of nowhere your tackle box tips over spilling lures, weights, and hooks in a perfect storm of fishing supplies mayhem! Or maybe you have finally organized your box to your specific needs and liking, and when you open the shelves in a rush, one snaps off, not only spilling your gear but also breaking your tackle box.
Now you’re on the hunt for a new one but which is the best fishing tackle box? Finding the right balance of durability, stability, weight, and storage space can be challenging, especially with so many models on the market. Being able to assess the different perks to each box can be daunting and frustrating if you buy the wrong model that does not adequately suit your fishing needs.
There are many different factors to consider such as whether space or organization is more of a priority or not. Are you just beginning and need a lightweight box that has room for future gear purchases or are you an experienced fisher who has plenty of gear but needs a box to organize it all? These are only some of the essential things to consider when choosing a fishing tackle box and things can get a bit confusing when attempting to compare each one.
Have no fear though because we have compiled a list of the three best, small tackle boxes, and broken down the specs of each one and assessed our personal favorite.
Best Fishing Tackle Boxes: Our Top Picks
1. Plano Molding Tackle Box
Standing at only 16 inches high, the Plano Molding Tackle Box is a great compact product. It offers up to 32 compartments for optimum storage capacity and organizational potential. It weighs just about 3.7 pounds, making it easy to transport.
Another convenient feature is the storage space on the lid of the box, which is large enough to store all of your essential tools such as knives and pliers. It also has three separate storage trays, but unfortunately, none of them are removable.
The other significant downfall to this tackle box is that it tends to tip over when fully loaded. This can be frustrating but can be managed by carefully opening it. For this reason, this tackle box may be better suited for on-land use as opposed to on-boat, especially if the sea waves are big and rough.
In addition, it should be noted that the Plano Molding Tackle Box comes with a warning under Proposition 65 in the State of California that materials used in its production are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
- Plenty of storage space
- Three trays for organization
- Non-removable shelving
- Tends to topple over
2. Flambeau Outdoors Classic Tackle Box
This tackle box is both durable and versatile, making access to supplies easy and convenient. Like the first tackle box, the lid of this box contains storage space for tools, freeing up the box for other essentials. This model has three separate storage trays, which are removable. This feature makes this tackle box compatible with any fisher’s needs, but some people have complained that the smaller shelves are a bit flimsy.
Nonetheless, it features a tip guard on the base meaning that even when the box is full, you can trust the contents will remain secure. Also, the lid boasts a new design with a draw tight latch, making it virtually waterproof. It weighs in at around 3.6 pounds and stands at 16 inches, which a great size and weight for a frequent-use tackle box.
- Adjustable compartments
- Keeps items secure and intact
- Waterproof latch
- Smaller shelves are a bit weak
3. Wakeman Fishing Tackle Box
The Wakeman provides fishers with a lightweight, secure, and straightforward tackle box. It comes in four different colors, including blue, lime green, pink, and red, which is a nice assortment for everyone. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature is that it comes with 55 pieces of equipment every fisher needs including snelled and jig head hooks, crankbaits, plastic lures, sinkers and weights, a line clipper, and fishing line. This makes this tackle box a great starter box and/or gift.
The most significant downside to this box is that it only has one removable tray, which means that most of the equipment just sits in the box, making for a tricky organization. It weighs only 2.25 pounds meaning it is lightweight but also cuts down on its sturdiness. It tends to be more expensive than other similar tackle boxes on the market, which is understandable considering the free gear that comes with it.
One word of warning is that this box is made with a material known by the State of California under Proposition 65 to cause birth defects and cancer.
- Comes with accessories
- Available in multiple colors
- One removable storage tray
While the free equipment that comes with the Wakeman and space and organizational potential of the Plano make them both tempting offers, the durability, and stability of the Flambeau Outdoors make it the most practical choice for a small-sized tackle box. The waterproof feature is something that both the Wakeman and the Plano lack, and the fact that the box will be primarily used in and around the water makes this feature particularly useful.
Also, the multiple, removable trays give fishers the freedom to choose exactly how to arrange their boxes. We also think it is reasonably priced, making it an economical and practical choice. The other two tackle boxes might suit different specific needs as both offer solid perks depending on your style of fishing and the location you primarily fish in. However, in our opinion, the Flambeau Outdoors offers the most versatility and the highest quality of craftsmanship for the price you pay for it.
Likewise, although it is just a precaution, the fact that both the Wakeman and the Plano come with warnings under Proposition 65 in the State of California makes the Flambeau Outdoors a bit more attractive, and when combined with its other perks, the Flambeau Outdoors is the clear winner of the title for the best fishing tackle box.