Crank Storage

Old trays may not be your bait's best friend. Don't wait on upgrading if you think the way your cranks are stored is not keeping them in peak condition—it's cheap insurance to keep your investment up to snuff.

While I'm still passing time until bass are legal to pursue here in Minnesota, there is never a bad time to improve and better coordinate your bait storage options. Keeping things easily accessible and in the right container will not only increase your productivity, but also keep the lures free of rust and corrosion.

I'm a crankbait guru, they are my confidence "search" presentation because I know they help me find active fish, but also catch those fish and dial in a specific patter. Hard to argue how versatile they can be.

Storing them can be a challenge, but I've found that rather than jamming 3-4 of them into one compartment, limiting each compartment to 1 or 2 baits (at the most) will reduce the chance of an epic tangle or other issues.

Once I start seeing rust appear in the bottom of my trays, I change them out as that's the telltale sign that hook quality is going down the drain. It's good to let your lures dry before long-term storage, and some boxes actually come with ported sides, bottoms and tops to allow for air to flow through and remove moisture. But, on the other hand, the ported boxes also let water in, which can be a whole additional problem. I prefer water tight boxes.

I noticed that my Rapala DT-10 box, Storm Warts and Arashi boxes needed upgrades, but I also got a shipment in of some Kopper's LiveTarget cranks, and they needed a safe place to live.


Out with the old, in with the new! Comfortable cranks will catch more fish, guaranteed!

My box of choice? Plano's 3700 Waterproof model. As far as I'm concerned, a little bigger investment in your tackle storage will increase the life of your favorite baits, and make them easier to store. But, I especially like the labeling stickers come off with no residue. Someone smart solved a long-existing problem with that situation.


Grab a sharp pair of scissors and a permanent marker for labeling before you sit down to tackle this project.

Just to save a little time from having to get up off the couch while you're getting the new bait arrangments made, grab a sharp pair of scissors and a permanent marker—then sit down! The scissors are for cutting apart the separators and the marker is for labeling each tray for what it contains.


Plano has implemented a labeling sticker that can easily be peeled away without leaving a gummy residue behind.


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