I often get strange looks when people see my tackle box. Being a professional catfish guide people expect me to pull out a large impressive tackle box with hundreds of compartments with tackle stuffed everywhere in a neat and orderly fashion. When people who fish with me see the reality of what I really many of them laugh.
One of the many great things about fishing for catfish is that catfish tackle is relatively simplistic and you don’t have to have a million different lures and pieces of tackle to be successful. My goal is also with everything I use to have it be as multipurpose as possible so whenever possible I can use the same catfish hooks and other tackle for all three catfish species, blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish.
For my primary tackle box I use a large Plano waterproof storage box with everything just piled up inside of them. Different styles and sizes of hooks, weights and other tackle are stuffed into different bags to keep them somewhat organized. This is my “bulk stock” that I use in case I run out of something in my “working tackle box”.
My working tackle box is a small Plano divided storage box that is also waterproof. Having the waterproof boxes is important to me. These boxes do cost a few dollars more up front but they pay for themselves by preventing rusted tackle.
The working tackle box is what I use on a daily basis when setting up catfish rigs and I can carry everything I need in this one small box except for the secret channel catfish rig and my leader line. Everything else fits right into this small box in a nice, neat, easy to work from package.
The point of the working tackle box is to have something that has everything I need it to rig rods no matter where I am in the boat (or in someone else’s boat), or where I am fishing. It is small, lightweight, portable, and easy to move around when/if needed. It’s small enough that I can tuck it in the back of my waistband if I need to so I can deal with landing fish or any other tasks at hand while catfishing.
The other point is to keep the minimal amount possible in this box to get through a busy day. If I run out then I refill it with items from the previously mentioned “bulk storage box” and move on. The other advantage of this is that the box is small and doesn’t have too many items it so when it gets turned over and everything spills out of it, I can quickly and easily get everything back in it and move on.
This system also saves a LOT of storage space in the boat.
With so many people being of the mindset that “bigger is better” I am of the opinion that could not be further from the truth when it comes to tackle boxes for catfishing.
This weeks catfishing quick tip is the working tackle box. Check out the video below where I walk you through what kind of tackle you need and what I use and then make sure to check out our suggested catfish tackle page for links and more information on these items.