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Old 02-29-2008, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well you have all convinced me to buy some swimbaits, taught me how to fish them and givin me great ideas on what to use while fishing them. But how does everyone store thier soft plastic swimbaits? I am thinking of a plano plastic box and spraying them with some yum scent to keep them from drying? do i need to ? I always try to keep all my soft plastics in air tight bags, is this something i need to worry about with the swim baits?
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I keep them in Plano trays with bait slots to keep them separated, and keep them straight. So far every brand I've taken on tends to let them warp and lock in to whatever position they remain in a long time. None have dried out so far. I wouldn't spray them down as that would let them slide around like wet snot in there I like them laid flat and parallel, none able to fall out of position. Also, I've had some bleeding colors from putting used swim baits back in the tray with attractant on them. It might have been anise oil, or something else.

I clip the name tag off the bag and lay that under each model in case I want to know exactly what is or was in a slot.

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That's what I am going to have to do is to go get a new tackle box for the swimbaits that I got in yesterday.

Jim, I have 6 of this one kind of plastic swim bait, that is 4" long. Can I safely store them in one compartment of the tray and have them remain alright? Or do I need to lay them in a specific way, seperated from one another?
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Plano makes a large assortment of trays, some with compartments that are perfect for swimbaits, but each tray is all one size. I have several different trays I used to keep crankbaits in. from 7" long down to 2". Now the crankbaits are in one tacklebox where I can quickly change size/color,depth without having a bunch of trays out. Let's say we're storing the 5" swim baits. The closest tray has 6" long compartments. I pack one compartment with one color, all stretched out and in one wad, heads at one end alternated to the other end. If I use up some I add replacements to keep the wad tight enough to keep one or more from curling up. I store them in the boat on edge, so whatever is inside tends to glob to one end of the tray compartment unless it is full. That way, when I take one out, it is straight and swims right. It doesn't take much to ruin a tail, sometimes already warped out of the bag from someone taking one out and putting it back wrong on the shelf. I pick & choose from bags in a shop to be sure all are straight in the bag. I have recovered warped swim baits OK by dipping in boiling water about 30 seconds then cool down hanging.

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Thanks for the information, Jim. I just got back in from using the swimbaits I got and you will LOVE the results.
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