With the rising cost of tackle, rods, reels, and gas we need to cut corners everywhere we can, but cutting the wrong corners can spell disaster. Have no fear, Bad Poncho is here with our top five cheap storage solutions!
Number One: Packing Peanuts for Hook Bonnets
Half of the hassle of opening a package is getting past the tape, the second half is avoiding throwing packing peanuts everywhere when you fling the box open. Those packing peanuts now have a REAL use, other than protecting that new reel, protecting your hands from those hooks!
Number Two: Twist Ties for Umbrella Rigs
If you are like me then once the garbage bag is full you just tie the bag itself shut and throw it in the dumpster, but what about those twist ties that come with the box of bags? They just sit in your drawer doing a whole lot of nothing, well not anymore. I’ve been using them to store umbrella rigs with ease and it is a heck of a lot cheaper to use twist ties instead of spending $5 per rig or $10 for a box. They now fit in your standard Plano box which means more money for more umbrella rigs!
Number Three: CD Binder for Spinnerbaits
Dealing with spinnerbait storage can be a pain in the butt and then some, so why not take the stress out of jiggling the entire box to get one bait out by using a CD binder. Most of us no longer use CDs which means we have binders taking up space in our cars, trucks, or houses; these binders make a perfect spinnerbait binder. Browning sells a real spinnerbait binder which holds 28 plus offers expandable storage, but let’s take a look at the general use binders.
If you make a run to your local Walmart you should be able to track down a CD binder for under $5 versus the $22 for the Browning binder. Now, you won’t get 28 into a CD binder but you should be able to get 24 which is close enough for the price!
Number Four: PVC Rod Tubes
When traveling I have quickly learned rod storage can be an issue on the road, especially when you are stuffed into a compact car during the off season. Most anglers will look to spend $60 or more for a 4-in x 9-ft rod tube but if you want to save yourself a little bit of money and get a similar system head on down to your local hardware store and prepare to spend a whopping $12 on a 4-in x 10-ft PVC pipe. Another $14 for caps and you have yourself a non-locking rod tube, now if you want it to lock there is an extra step. All you have to do is get yourself a lock-pin and you’re good to go!
Number Five: Zip Ties for Drop Shotting
I have to give this one to our friend Brent Neidhart who showed this to us on our trip to Arkansas. While heading to the hot lake Brent pulled out his spinning rods and we couldn’t help but notice his drop shot weights weren’t in a tangled mess like ours. He came up with an ingenious solution that costs virtually nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Make a run down to your local hardware store and pick up some Commercial Electric 8″ mounting cable ties, these have a ring on the end of the zip-tie. After you synch the tie down take a very thin knife and cut a slit in the ring and bam! You now have a place to secure that pesky drop shot weight!