I have looked at the way Musky anglers store their baits and wondered when a company would make a bag for our needs. I looked at several different companies and the Lakewood Products bags were the best I found. The main problem was that our West Coast style swimbaits have mostly rubber tails or the whole bait is rubber and we all know how frustrating it is to be on the water and take out your favorite swimbait, only to have the tail or the whole bait, bent and out of tune. The number one thing in swimbait fishing is CONFIDENCE and you don't need a bent bait to start working on your confidence. The problem with the Musky boxes is that they are designed to hang the bait by the rear hook. I contacted Steve, the owner of Lakewood Products and asked him about making a Swimbait box. I told him about my ideas and after a few minutes he said design it and I will take a look and let you know. I sent him some drawings and after a few tweaks we came up with this bag. The bag is 24 1/2" X 14 3/4" and 15" tall. It is made up of a ridged frame with hanging compartments on the ends and a compartment to put 3700 style storage boxes in the middle. It will hold a assorted amount of boxes, 10 - 3701 or 7 - 3700 or 4 - 3730 + 1 - 3701 or 6 - 3700 + 2 - 3701 or 3 - 3730 + 2 - 3700, etc. and 4 - 3620's or Falcon boxes in the side pockets. The hanging part of the bag, I designed a bar system with a snap to hold swimbaits by the line tie, so that the tails would hang straight and come out of the bag, in tune and ready to fish. To give you an idea how many and what size baits it will hold, this is what is in the bag in the pictures. Row 1, 4 Rago Baby Tools and 3 Rago 13" Tools. Row 2, 5 Huddleston 8", 3 Rago Baby Tools, 2 Rago Soft Tools. Row 3, 3 Rago 6" Raptors, 2 Huddleston 8", 1 Rago Soft Tool, 2 Rago 10" Raptors, 1 Rago Baby Tool, 1 - 8" Prototype Hardbait. Row 4, 1 - 10" Matt Lures Trout, 2 - 12" Huddleston's, 1 Rago 13" Tool and 1 Rago 13" Soft Tool. The bag has tool storage pockets in front. I added a strip of velcro to the front of the bag and attach velcro to my Kaenon sunglass cases to keep them available. You could add a number of things to the strip. The bag has double D-rings on the back so you can attach it to the pedestal on the deck. The bag fully loaded will float and with the ridged frame you can stand on it and use it for a casting platform or to sight fish from, it will hold 300 pounds. Lakewood Products is making the bags now and I will have them in the tackle shops soon. Now you can go from the boat to the garage and your baits are ready to go, no more boiling baits to get them straight or taking everything out of your bag and hanging the baits in the garage.
#1889, "RE: Swimbait Tackle System and Storage Bag" In response to Reply # 0 Wed Jan-03-07 06:24 PM by ICSpots
That is a great looking bag. I had also been looking at musky bait boxes for possible swimbait use but I wasn't too enthused about trying to modify an existing box. The new bag looks similar to Lakewood's Musky Hybrid case which I've seen go for about $130. Do you have an approximate price for the new bag? When the bag becomes available, I would appreciate it if you post a reply which identifies any tackle stores that are selling the bag.
#1892, "RE: Swimbait Tackle System and Storage Bag" In response to Reply # 2
David!! ME LIKES!! ME WANTS!!! Only thing I would like to see added is a shoulder strap. I tell you ever since I have picked up swimbaiting a year or so ago I have been trying to figure out a good all around system to store baits in. I just bought a Stanley storage box that I thought was good until I saw this design. I knew we needed a suit case but this one takes the cake!! I hope this thing will fit in the front or back storage area of a Triton .
#1897, "RE: Swimbait Tackle System and Storage Bag" In response to Reply # 7
Hey Guys, Thanks for the interest. Mike, you are in luck, it already has a shoulder strap. As for fitting in the compartments, if you could measure your Triton and let me know. The box is 15" tall X 14 3/4" wide and 24 1/2" long. With the 4 3620 boxes in the side pockets it is around 30". The side pockets are perfect to embroider your name or logo on. We can even do it at the factory. With the response I have gotten we are in high gear and I hope to have them out in the next few weeks. I will know better in a couple days. The bag will retail for around $139. I will let you know who gets these first.