Fishing can be a gear-heavy endeavor and an angler’s tackle box often becomes a chaotic collection of hooks, lures, and lines. Over time, tackle storage has become a significant issue for most anglers. I remember my first Plano box. Too rudimentary, if you ask me. From the Original Stowaway boxes to the modern Edge and Frabill series, Plano succeeded in providing every possible solution to every possible storage problem an angler could face over the past decades. However, navigating the thorny paths of what to buy for optimal tackle storage and answering the question, “Is spending extra money for lure care worth it?” can be daunting.
In recent years we have witnessed a surge of companies promising to revolutionize tackle storage, with Lure Lock and Buzbe standing out. Critics often lump them as a “fad”—but let’s dive deeper into the reasons behind their emergence. I see three main reasons; evolving angler demands, a thirst for uniqueness, and a justification for higher pricing.
Let’s examine Lure Lock. The company, a confluence of innovation and technology, introduced the Tacklebox with ElasTak Liner; lockable boxes that prevent baits from shifting around, thus reducing damage. The ElasTak liner aids lure presentation and reduces the mess typical of regular tackle boxes. It’s a love letter to lure care. However, the fulfillment of this promise determines their longevity in the market, not whether they are fashionable or trending.
On the other hand, we have Buzbe. This company brought modularity into tackle storage. And the result? The Colony 28 or 15, engineered with military-grade ruggedness, waterproof, and customizable compartments. Talk about revolutionizing gear organization. The boxes are designed to accommodate varying tackle sizes. Hence, no lure goes homeless or lost. The convenience offered justifies the extra spend.
It’s easy to dismiss new product entrants like Lure Lock and Buzbe as trends. Yes, spending extra on these new-age tackle storage solutions can be seen as a luxury. But if their value offers more than just a fad and caters to convenience, why not? After all, proper tackle care can lead to more successful catches.
In conclusion, it’s not about whether these companies are a fad. It’s about the problem they solve and the experience they provide. The effectiveness of a tackle storage system is dependent on how well it caters to your individual fishing needs. If spending extra brings you convenience and longevity, then it definitely isn’t a “fad”—it’s a worthy investment.