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Boat Spinnerbait Organization – Quick Tipby Grant Pentiricci January 13, 2013
While cleaning my bass boat last summer, I was inspired to test out a new way to organize my spinnerbaits. I had seen products like the Easy View Tackle System, but I don’t really like the idea of spending money on stuff I could easily make myself.
The key to this being successful is having the right materials handy. You really just need a piece of stainless steel that is about 36′ long and in an “L” shape. If the material you have has sharp edges, make sure you grind or sand it down to protect you and your baits. I happen to have some materials left over from my work and this was a great opportunity to create something handy. This project took me about 45 minutes.
I measured the rack length that fit in my storage compartment. Keep in mind that you will need to have some way to mount it under the door. My Stratos happened to have a support bar and have the rod locker doors made from aluminum. I settled on a 36′ spinnerbait rack. I decided to drill 5/16 holes about an 1 1/2 inches apart to hold spinnerbaits. I can hold about 30 spinnerbaits on this rack.
I drilled out holes along one side of the bead with a 5/15″ drill bit, spaced out evenly. Make sure that the hooks of the intended bait rotate as you close the lid and don’t interfere with the barb. Use a good bit designed for steel and apply drilling oil if needed. This will help reduce steel shavings that are sharp.
I drilled out mounting holes carefully
I measured where I wanted the rack mounted and drilled pilot holes. BE CAREFUL! do not drill through the compartment lid. Only drill into the support brace.
I mounted the rack using nylon lock nuts to prevent the rack loosening from vibration. If you can’t get behind the support bar, use stainless steel screws and apply some Lock-tite.
Enjoy! The baits should rotate as you close the lid and remain hung upright.
My rack ended up being practically free. I know similar ready-made products are already out there on the market, but this works just fine for me. I also can hang soft baits in their original packaging by using shower curtain hooks… in the summer I will post pictures of that idea. I also made a shorter rack to hold jigs and tools that goes in another compartment. I highly recommend picking up stainless steel bolts and nuts for this project as you don’t want this stuff rusting. I also recommend that you get the nylon lock nuts to prevent loosening. This is really going to help de-clutter my boat big time! So far I have no regrets and it works great!
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci