The best system for storing your hooks.
How long have you struggled with finding a way how to store your fishing hooks that eliminates rust and the chaotic mess that traditional keepers deliver after hours of preparation is wrecked in one 65 mph run across some chop? You get to your first spot, break off a big one, go to grab a new hook and find a heaping pile of spaghetti where your hooks used to stand at attention. Or you think you have an answer but some rust shows up to quickly remind you there’s a continuous learning curve to embrace? This was me, for years, until a friend of mine gave me an idea that I tweaked and have found solves every issue I ever had with hook storage. Now that the offseason is underway for most people, this is the perfect time for you to implement this system for yourself. What you’ll get out of it is:
Here’s what you’ll need to start:
- 1 Plano 3700 series box
- 1 package of 4mil ziplock bags (commercial grade) (3″ x 5″) 500 count
- Packages of Trokar Hooks (assorted to suit your personal preference)
Step 1. Arrange Dividers
Proper hook storage is an essential component to landing big fish. Points need to stay sharp and rust free, and you can’t waste time searching for new hooks when you’re trying to stay on the school and on the pattern! Your 3700 box should be arranged so that there are three sections across each horizontal row. Two sections will perfectly hold the bags, one section (I make this the middle section), will be slightly smaller and require some folding of the bag to fit. This middle section is where I place the hooks that I use most often, so they’re most accessible.
Step 2. Create A System
I like to have different sizes of the same style hook, so that I can have a particular presentation to meet the needs of different baits. To put that more specifically: a plastic worm comes in many different sizes, and will require different size hooks. So I use each divided section as a place to put each category I create. Some examples might be flipping, offset worm, swimbait, wacky, drop shot, etc. That way I will have a filing system similar to an upright cabinet full of folders. I then take a label maker, mine happens to be a p-touch, and create stickers for each of these labels and place them on the inside of the lid, in the corresponding location, so that when I open the box fully I can see what each divided section contains. *Side note: after getting used to this system you won’t need the labels anymore, but your buddies will be glad you have it.
Step 3. Identify
This is my favorite part of the system. I take a bag, I empty a package of hooks, put the hooks in the bag, but then I take a pair of scissors and cut the paper from the hook packaging in half. I take the bottom half that tells me the model number, and will often have a qr code (those weird black and white boxes that look like melting cookies and cream ice cream), and put that in the bag as well so that I can easily tell what I’m using, but more importantly what to reorder to be sure I don’t get the wrong hook. It also lets me put each bag in order 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, etc, so I can get right to the hooks I need without fumbling around and searching. I can easily fit multiple packages of hooks in one bag.
There you have it! My personal preference for storing my hooks. If you have a method of your own, leave a comment and share it! Maybe I’ll learn something from you that’ll help me improve this system even more! For more tips and articles check out my website www.jimrootfishing.com