TOP 13 Best Tackle Boxes Reviewed – Get Organized & Catch More Fish in 2022!

Want to know my number one tip to fishing effectively? It’s all about being organized.

At its simplest, less time fishing for gear means more time fishing! To do that, you are going to need the best tackle box.

For 2022 I’ve got plenty of great ideas, and today I will share a few with you and show you what you really need to look for.

Best Fishing Tackle Boxes of 2022 – To the Point

The best tackle boxes of 2022 will allow you to stay super organized and make fishing much easier. The kind of features you need to look for include:

  • Lots of compartments.
  • Ample capacity for all of your gear.
  • A degree of protection for your tackle from the elements.
  • Your tackle box should be easy to carry.
  • You’ll need something really durable.

Provided you can tick all of the above boxes, you’ll have a good quality tackle box in your hands!

My best suggestions?

Focus on something like these, and you won’t go far wrong:

Here’s a full review of these and some of the other best fishing tackle boxes I’ve seen…

TOP 13 Best Tackle Boxes Reviewed 2022

Flambeau T4 Pro Multi-Loader Tackle Box

Flambeau T4 Pro Multi-Loader Tackle Box

When searching for the most versatile tackle box, you will probably come across Flambeau a fair bit.

They are one of the biggest and most established brands for producing high-quality boxes for fishing. And there is a lot to love.

With six compartments, you’ll be able to sort out your ‘personal admin’ in next to no time. I love that many of the compartments have a translucent front, so you can see what’s inside without having to actually open the box at all.

There are line dispensing ports too, which pay out your line without removing the spool.

Anything else?

Yeah, plenty.

The ‘ample open’ section provides the ideal space for bigger items, such as reels, tools, and perhaps even your lunch or bait (just don’t mix the two up, yuck!)

Overall, it’s a pretty tough customer with plenty of room, making it a one-stop solution.

Pros

  • Great value.
  • Corrosion-free construction.
  • Easy to carry.
  • Plenty of room.

Cons

  • My only criticism would be the color. It is a little bright, which isn’t the best if you are trying to be all covert.

Takeaway

The color aside, I really like this. It looks well made, has plenty of storage, and is pretty great value. In fact, thinking about it, the bright white color would make it a good tackle box for night fishing?

Plano Double Cover 2 Sided Tackle Box

Plano Double Cover 2 Sided Tackle Box

Another brand you are going to see plenty of is Plano.

They produce a massive range of tackle boxes in various formats.

As a mid-priced option, they are pretty great. This tackle box is a little more compact, but with two distinct subdivided compartments, it is just perfect for all of those fiddly and smaller pieces of gear.

How much storage do you get in this compact tackle box?

Oh, only 208 compartments.

Yep, you read that right.

It would be ideal for lures, line, traces, weights, and hooks. If you can’t get organized with this, you are doing something wrong!

Pros

  • Nice and compact.
  • Translucent lids, so no need to open to see your gear.
  • Pretty lightweight.

Cons

  • This isn’t a box for storing bigger items, meaning you’ll need more than one.

Takeaway

Looking for the best tackle box for bass fishing? You’ll want to travel light. This could be the ideal companion. Plenty of room for lures and little bits without the bulk. I’d say it is well worth it. This would be ideal for pairing up with a great fishing backpack.

Rodeel Two Level Tackle Box

The rodeel tackle box is a halfway house between the bigger Flambeau I mentioned above and the Plano. It’s large enough to accommodate most bigger items, such as reels, knives, and tools, but small enough to be considered compact.

Here’s what I love.

The dividers inside the box are all removable. This allows you to customize each compartment to accommodate whatever gear or tackle you need.

And there’s more.

I reckon this one looks pretty heavy-duty. Those tackle boxes have got to put up with a fair amount of rough and tumble.

And trust me.

Broken lids will spoil your day when your gear is spread over the bank. The stainless steel latches on the doors mean that your tackle will be kept safe and sound all day.

It’s the little things that count.

I like that they have been sensible enough to include ventilation holes, too, allowing your wet tackle to dry even with the lid closed.

Pros

  • Hard-wearing and durable.
  • Fully customizable.
  • Easy to carry.

Cons

  • It is heavier than some other tackle boxes. But that’s the price of durability, folks!

Takeaway

For a mid-sized tackle box, this is right on the money! Not too big, not too small. For freshwater applications, I’d say it’s amazing. You might want to look elsewhere for saltwater due to the steel latches.

Recon Rolling Fishing Backpack

Got a lot of gear?

Don’t worry. With this rolling tackle box, you are well and truly covered. If you can’t fit everything in here, I’m telling you you’ve got too much gear!.

This tackle box is the best of all worlds. You can use it as a normal tackle box, roll it, or even carry it like a backpack.

Oh, and…

It’s got so much storage space! It’s huge.

One feature that I love is the side’ rocket launchers’. These are tubes perfect for storing your rods as you make your way down to the swim.

Hands-free?

You bet!

The box has a flap at the front, which zips down, allowing you to access up to 5 draw compartments. This is topped by a roomy upper section for keeping bulkier items.

If it gets too heavy, pop the handle and wheel it along behind you!

Pros

  • Huge amount of storage.
  • Really versatile.
  • Corrosion-resistant and waterproof.

Cons

  • The wheels aren’t good for rough terrain (but that said, you can just carry it on your back).
  • It’s hard to wheel with rods in the rocket launchers.

Takeaway

Possible one of my favorites. Yeah, it’s big and bulky, but it is an ideal storage solution for many fishing disciplines. Go big or go home!

RUNCL Fishing Tackle Box

Are you one of those ‘zen-like’ anglers who like to travel light?

If so, this could be the one for you.

A single divided compartment makes up this lightweight tackle box. If you need more storage, it is also available as part of a set!

If you are into lure fishing and have got many bits and pieces, this would be the ideal solution to supplement an existing tackle bag. In fact, the sizes are custom designed to enable this.

I like that the lid is smoked. This prevents sun damage to your gear.

Overall it’s a pretty cost-effective storage solution, either on its own or to make your fishing bag a little neater.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Customizable.
  • Pretty rugged construction.

Cons

  • I wish it had a handle. If I am using it on its own, the only option you have is to stick it under your arm.

Takeaway

Being constructed entirely from durable plastic, this is a great option if you are looking for the best tackle box for saltwater fishing. It also has a watertight seal, keeping your gear fresh and salt-free!

Don’t have a fishing bag? Check out my guide here for the best saltwater bags around.

Plano Magnum Hiproof 6 Tray Tackle Box

Plano Magnum Hiproof 6 Tray Tackle Box

Plano is back again with a slightly different variation of a tackle box.

Ever seen those mechanics boxes full of spanners and such?

Well.

This tackle box works in exactly the same way. You open it up, and it spreads to display your gear in all of its glory! The large trays and inner box have a total of 46 compartments, allowing you to see every single piece of tackle you have.

The bottom section is just roomy enough to store a reel and some spools of line.

The best bit.

When closed, this tackle box is actually pretty neat and compact.

Pros

  • Compact, yet with the option to store loads of gear.
  • Plenty of compartments.
  • Easy to store and transport.

Cons

  • Being somewhat mechanical, the hinges could be prone to getting grit and grime inside.
  • If you’ve got a lot of gear on one side, the box can tip. Which is a real pain.

Takeaway

This is quite a traditional tackle box in style, and it does have limits.

But for a basic solution and those who prefer to keep things simple, it could be a great choice.

Plano Guide Series 4-By Rack System

Plano Guide Series 4-By Rack System

We’re getting into the big players now. This is one heavy-duty customer.

This 5 compartment system offers a great deal for the money. The top section is your bulk storage, and beneath, there are 4 pullout ‘drawer’ compartments filled with a range of divided sections.

Meaning?

It’s actually 5 tackle boxes in one unit! A pretty good deal!

You’ll be spending an evening getting sorted and trying to decide the optimum configuration for your gear!

The front cover is see-through. This means that you won’t need to open the box to know where your gear is. It’s actually pretty smart.

There is also a small see-through section forward of the handle for your most often used bits.

Pros

  • Plenty of storage space.
  • Both draws and a bigger compartment.
  • Really strong latches.

Cons

  • With all that gear, it does get kinda heavy. I would have loved a shoulder strap!

Takeaway

Considering the amount of storage you get, this is terrific value. Aside from the price, it works really well to keep all your gear well organized in one place, and it’s really practical.

Plano 725 Bucket Top StowAway Organizer

Plano 725 Bucket Top StowAway Organizer

Looking for something a little different?

This is a pretty smart choice if you love simplicity.

It will be ideal if you want to take your rod, bait bucket, and little else.

This circular fishing box fits perfectly on your bait bucket. It is divided into two sections. One side is for your bigger gear, the other is split into five smaller sections for all your other paraphernalia.

It also works as a lid, keeping your bait nice and dry.

Tackle boxes are all about space optimization, so why not use that ‘dead’ area at the top of your bucket to good effect?

Pros

  • Simple and convenient.
  • Minimalist approach.
  • Pretty durable.

Cons

  • Limited storage.
  • It can get ‘suctioned’ onto your bait bucket, especially if you sit on it.

Takeaway

Trudging up and down the beach with a heavy box just isn’t on, so you’ll want something light. This is one of the best tackle boxes for surf fishing. Sand can block mechanical parts, so this tackle box is pretty ideal without them. Bait bucket, rod, and this are about all you need.

Plano Guide Series Tackle Bag

Ok, look.

I know it’s a bag, but it will work in exactly the same way as a tackle box. In fact, you might find it a little more versatile.

It will be easier to carry than some of my more bulky suggestions for a start.

Second.

It is the perfect size to accommodate a range of smaller tackle boxes (and it works perfectly with Plano’s other products).

Finally, it is a little military in style, with lots of ‘slots’ for you to stow bits and pieces easily and quickly, giving you unlimited options.

Oh, and before I forget. It is waterproof too!

Pros

  • Plenty of storage pockets.
  • Works perfectly with other Plano tackle boxes.
  • Very easy to carry.

Cons

  • A little smaller than other boxes.
  • You have to remove sections to get to the lower areas of the bag.

Takeaway

This is almost definitely the way to go for mobile anglers or those who don’t need a really big tackle box. This is one of my personal favorites and is an ideal tackle storage system for bass fishing.

Plano Angled 787 Stowaway Tackle System

If you want to get to your tackle, you’ve got to be able to see it. Again Plano has had a good think and came up with a clever solution.

The inner compartments within this box are at a slight angle, making access particularly easy.

And get this…

Not only are there horizontal storage draws, but there are vertical pullout drawers too! I counted a total of 7.

Plus.

An expanding rear pocket on the back of the tackle box too!

All this adds up to a huge storage solution that doesn’t take up much space at all!

Pros

  • Lots of clever design.
  • Plenty of compartments.
  • Tough and rugged construction.

Cons

  • Does Plano have a phobia of shoulder straps? Jeez, guys, come on!

Takeaway

If you are looking for the most versatile tackle box, this should fit the bill nicely. With oodles of storage, solid construction, and the ability to change it around to your liking, this one could be well worth a look.

SKB Fishing Tackle Box

If you are looking for your ‘forever’ tackle box, then this is most definitely it.

And I must warn you.

It ain’t cheap!

Is it worth it? I’d say, yes and you most certainly get what you pay for.

This box is injection molded and is practically bulletproof. With four included slide-out boxes, plus a huge storage area and a capacious lid, this is one that you don’t want to miss.

The entire thing just screams quality.

In the world of tackle boxes, you can pretty much consider this ‘military grade’.

I particularly like the padded shoulder strap and extremely heavy-duty carry handles too. It even comes with canvas side pockets to store your most often used tools on the go!

In short. I love it!

Pros

  • Extremely well made.
  • Lots of storage.
  • Comfy shoulder strap.

Cons

  • It’s a bit pricey.
  • It’s a bit heavy.

Takeaway

If you can get over the expense, this is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best fishing tackle boxes on the market. Rugged, bomb-proof, and with plenty of storage, I’d say this is a premium product for serious anglers. If you are looking for a treat, this would be wonderful.

KINJOEK Fishing Tackle Box Kit

From the expensive to the cheap.

Alright, look.

I get it. Not everyone wants to be blowing $300 on a tackle box. Well, if cheap is what you want, cheap is what you’ll get. This is a budget alternative to the Plano angled series of tackle boxes. In fact, it works in exactly the same way.

Any difference?

Yeah, it will cost you a little less. The build quality is nowhere near as good as Plano’s models, but for a cheap solution, it would be ideal.

Is this for serious anglers? Possibly not, but for those looking for a budget tackle box or who don’t fish regularly enough to warrant a big spend, it could be great.

Pros

  • It’s cheap.
  • It has 5 compartments.
  • It is pretty lightweight.

Cons

  • I’ll be honest, it looks a bit flimsy.
  • It isn’t as big as many would like.

Takeaway

For some, buying expensive tackle boxes simply isn’t an option, and this is proof that there are budget models around that will do the job. This box seems to have ‘borrowed’ a few ideas, and it doesn’t execute them quite as well. But it would be a fab choice nonetheless.

South Bend R2FK Tackle Box

Do you want cheaper still?

Man, you guys are hard to please!

This is as bargain-basement as it gets for cheap tackle boxes.

And I’ll be honest. You get what you pay for.

The good?

There is a degree of customization available with the upper layers of this handheld tackle box, but that’s where it stops. For a few light lures and smaller bits, this would be ok. There is also a large bottom section for slightly bigger things.

It is pretty lightweight too. Being made entirely of plastic means that it should also be entirely weatherproof.

The downsides?

I don’t think this would last an especially long time, and I’d use it more as a way to get my non-fishing buddies kitted out if they were accompanying me on a trip.

It might be good for beginners with limited tackle and budget.

Pros

  • It is very affordable.
  • Room for a decent amount of gear (considering the price).
  • Really weatherproof.
  • It’s compact.

Cons

  • Again it looks a little flimsy.
  • If the latch comes loose, your tackle is going to fall out!

Takeaway

This isn’t bad for a super cheap and lightweight storage box for fishing. My advice would be to lower your expectations and don’t try and cram this full. This would be ideal for storing lighter gear. For heavier applications or regular anglers, look at one of my other options.

Do you know where I think this would be great? As a cheap solution having between your legs in a kayak. There are other great kayak box suggestions here too.

Types of Tackle Boxes – What’s Right for You?

As I’m sure you have gathered by now, there is quite the choice when it comes to tackle boxes.

What are your options?

Well, generally, you’ll find the following 4 types of tackle boxes are most commonly used by anglers:

different types of fishing lures in tackle box

Hard Tackle Boxes

It’s no secret that fishing is somewhat of a rugged pursuit, and it may be the case that you need a tacklebox to match. Anything flimsy just isn’t going to cut it.

Hard tackle boxes are the answer. They are normally made from formed or injection molded plastic. They tend to be pretty tough customers and, being plastic, they are pretty weatherproof and corrosion-resistant.

The downside is they can be pretty heavy and awkward to carry.

Bag-Style Tackle Boxes

Bag style tackle boxes, or ‘soft’ tackle boxes, if you prefer, give you a great degree of flexibility. They are normally easy to carry and are a great solution for anglers who prefer to be a little more mobile.

There are a few downsides, however.

Because they are flexible, soft tackle boxes mean that gear can move around, making it harder to stay organized. They also can be easily damaged by sharp hook points, fishing scissors, and knives.

All that said, they could be a great choice for anglers who have a modest amount of gear.

Rolling Tackle Boxes

Rolling tackle boxes are normally pretty rigid and are used for guys who’ve got loads of gear. They are the optimal choice for boat fishermen who can wheel their box down the jetty.

You get loads of storage, and because of this, they are very easy to get organized.

The downsides are that they are bulky, so they aren’t well suited to being mobile.

Single Tray Systems

These are good options if you want to stay super mobile. Single tray systems look like a flat box the splits into the middle with divided sections.

Because of the limited storage capacity, they tend to be used more often by lure fishermen with minimal gear.

large tackle box fully stocked with lures and fishing gear

Complete Guide to Choosing Fishing Tackle Box

Here are the things I look at when I choose a tackle box:

Capacity and Size

I’ve put this first for a reason.

Remember. The main thing you are looking for in a good quality tackle box is storing as much gear as possible. There is literally no point if your tackle box doesn’t accommodate your gear.

Be sure to pick something that will easily fit all of your gear…

And…

If possible, go for something that will allow for a little extra! We can never have too much tackle!

Locking and Latches

This is another vital attribute that is well worth researching and seeking out.

Why?

You’ve never known sadness until your tackle box decides to come open.

And trust me.

It always happens at the worst possible moment.

Look for features like strong locks and latches. One thing I always look for is multiple latches. That way, if one fails, at least the others keep it together.

Color and Tint

I’m not just talking aesthetics here.

The color of your tackle box makes a huge difference.

I’m going to just come right out with it.

Some frosting or tint on the clear sections is preferable. Sunlight fades, lures, and damages line. While you want to see your gear in the box, you also want to protect it.

Choose a tackle box with tinted windows.

fishing tackle box and rod on wooden pier at riverside

Visibility and Access

Want to know the key to being organized?

Being able to easily see as much gear as possible. Windows and clear compartments are absolutely perfect in this regard.

A few are good. Lots are better. As a general rule, I’d say the more viewable and open windows there are in your tackle box, the better.

Customization

If you’ve fished on more than a handful of occasions, you’ll know that fishing gear isn’t “one size fits all”.

There’s nothing worse than trying to get set and having to work around inflexible storage solutions.

Look for removable dividers in tackle boxes. The ability to custom create your own compartments is a huge plus!

Transport and Weight

Let’s face it.

The bulk of the weight isn’t going to be the box itself. It is going to be how much gear you have in it.

You will want a tackle box that is easy to store and carry.

With heavy tackle boxes, look for handles, and if possible, a nice shoulder strap is always a big benefit.

Durability

Tackle boxes take quite a lot of punishment. They get dropped, splashed, sat on, thrown (occasionally), and more…

My point?

You want to ensure that your tackle box is tough enough to withstand all of the above.

You’ll tend to find a linear relationship between price and build quality.

Sure, work to a budget, but remember the old adage of ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ too!

fishing lures in white plastic tackle container

Tackle Boxes for Fishing – FAQ

What should every fisherman have in his tackle box?

Ask 100 different anglers, and you’ll get 100 different answers. Generally, you’ll find some common items, however.

These include:

You can find lots of information about the various items listed above and more tools on my blog here.

How do you organize a tackle box?

Carefully! In truth there, most guys tend to have a system, and organizing your tackle box can be a fun and rewarding way to spend an evening.

My advice would be as follows:

  • Put your most used items in the easiest-to-reach sections.
  • Ensure valuables are housed in lockable or zippable sections.
  • Put heavy items lower in your box.
  • Ensure smaller items are located in sections that won’t easily spring open.
  • Leave a compartment or two empty to act as a ‘hot’ section when fishing and need to throw the gear in quickly.

Tackle box vs tackle backpack, which is better?

The type of storage solution you use will depend entirely on how you are fishing. If you are the kind of angler who loves to be mobile, then a backpack might be a great choice. Alternatively, if you will stay in the same spot all day, or maybe on a boat, then a fishing box could be a great investment.

Think about how you’ll be fishing most of the time and go from there.

Summary

So, there you have it, plenty of options if you are looking for the best tackle box in 2022. Whether you are a saltwater angler, a light and fast lure fisherman, or want a good all-rounder, you should now be able to choose something perfectly suited.

For more guidance and examples of the best fishing brands, swing by my dedicated guide right here. There are other types of fishing boxes to look out for too. Fly fishermen can find everything they need in my guide to the best fly boxes.

Bob Hoffmann

The author of this post is Bob Hoffmann. Bob has spend most of his childhood fishing with his father and now share all his knowledge with other anglers. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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