Kill, the Bass Mafia Bait Coffin (continued)
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
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
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
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 isn’t 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
isn’t 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
Ratings: (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
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
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
Expensive compared to traditional 3700 boxes but reasonably priced when you
consider the differentiation
best feature on this box is the durability but when it comes to holding
tackle the configurability of this box is also excellent
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
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
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
Pluses and Minuses:
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
both corrosion and water resistant
Extremely durable! This box is hard to kill!
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 let’s not
forget the fun factor. The Bait Coffin is for those anglers that don’t want just
another “me too” 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 afraid… the
Bass Mafia is in town and this is one box that dies hard.
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