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Cal positioned the Bait Coffin at the end of the bridge and I proceeded to drive the 4300 pound Jeep over the box. As the front tire rolled over the box I heard a satisfying crunch so I backed the car back over the box and stopped it right on top to take a look at the carnage. The Bait Coffin looked like it was smashed and torqued to one side under the weight of the tire.

Time to put the hurt on this box

I got back into the Jeep and backed the car completely off the box and got back out to take a look at what was left of the box. What I found completely surprised me. The box had a tire mark on the top and the bottom was scratched up from contact with the road but the box had returned back to its original shape! 

Crushed under the weight of the Rubicon

The hinges were completely intact and the latches functioned just like the box was new. Other than some more superficial scars the Bait Coffin was fully functional and ready for more punishment.

A closer look shows the box under pressure, notice the latch is fully intact

Price & Applications: The Bait Coffin proved to be tough in our tests and as you might expect all of this comes at a price, and each box retails for $27.99 each. This is roughly 4 times the cost of a standard Plano 3700 series box, but as our tests have shown this is not standard run of the mill utility box. The Bass Mafia Bait Coffin is without a doubt the toughest 3700 size box that we have seen and tested to date. This box is built for serious abuse and it will take a whole lot more than standard fishing applications to put this box six feet under.

Backed off the box it has a few scratches but reverts back to normal shape

While durability and organization on this box are excellent at this expensive price anglers will have a hard time justifying switching out all their standard boxes with Bait Coffins.  But if you are looking for a box or two to shield your favorite baits from UV or shock damage, or want a special box to hold a vast assortment of compact baits like jigs then you might just want to invest in a Bait Coffin, or two.

The Bait Coffins are stackable

While good this product isnít perfect and we did observe some leakage through the gasket when the box hit the water and the sloppy label implementation on the back of the box isnít what you expect on a premium box at this price point. But at the end of the day the Bait Coffin is so tough that not only is it a good tackle box it also can serve as strongbox to hold valuable tools like folding knives or even used as an emergency kit in the back of your truck.  

This box is so durable it can be used to house more expensive gear securely

(We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Bass Mafia Bait Coffin Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good overall construction and very high end plastic used throughout. The only complaint here is the application of the bottom label. The label is not necessary but affixed the way it is on the box is not what you expect from a more expensive product 8
Performance The box is ready to use right away and is very configurable. We had some minor leakage in the box when submerged but when it came to durability this box was absolutely exceptional. There are not many boxes that can survive getting smashed under a vehicle and not only protect the contents but still remain fully functional 9
Price Expensive compared to traditional 3700 boxes but reasonably priced when you consider the differentiation 7
Features The best feature on this box is the durability but when it comes to holding tackle the configurability of this box is also excellent 8
Design (Ergonomics) There are a few things that anglers sacrifice however including the ability to see through the top of the box and also the increased weight of the box itself, which is not an issue if you are on a boat but can be an issue for shore anglers 7.5
Application This is a great box for smaller baits like jigs where the 48 dividers allow you to organize and store 48 different baits. This box is so durable and configurable it can also be used to store tools or emergency kit 8.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Unique looking, not a "me too" box - Expensive when compared with standard 3700 utility boxes
+ Dividers already come populated - Not transparent so boxes need to be labeled
+ Flexible configuration options for storage - Heavy
+ Is both corrosion and water resistant  
+ Extremely durable! This box is hard to kill!  


Conclusion: The Bass Mafia Bait Coffin takes something as simple and unassuming as a 3700 series box and transforms it into a container that looks as hardcore as it performs. Not just a bright colored box with a fancy name, the Bait Coffin walks the walk and delivers both rugged durability and flexible lure organization.


The Bass Mafia Bait Coffin is a quality box with plenty of personality and exceptional durability, this is the box you want to hold your most valuable tackle


The fact that you can drop this over the side of your boat, off a bridge or even run over it with your car and still recover the box and successfully shield the internal contents from damage is reason enough to make the investment, but letís not forget the fun factor. The Bait Coffin is for those anglers that donít want just another ďme tooĒ box, it is for anglers looking for something truly unique. Each and every time you open the Bait Coffin you feel like you are drawing a new weapon in your hunt for big bass. Yes, fish everywhere should be afraidÖ the Bass Mafia is in town and this is one box that dies hard.   


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