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Real World Test: To test the Columbia Custom Tackle Boxes we loaded them up with an assortment of swimbaits, even some that were beyond the product’s rated specifications in type and size just to see how the boxes handled the baits. We then fished with the boxes for a period of three months at a combination of local lakes in the Bay Area as well as the Northern California Delta.

Stowed and ready to go our baits are held in place perfectly spaced

Operation: Even though Columbia warned us that their boxes were really designed for top hook plastic swimbaits we wanted to see how the complete range of swimbaits worked in the boxes. The standard box was able to hold the treble equipped swimbaits and we didn’t have too many tangling problems until we started carrying the boxes in our backpacks while fishing from shore. In this application the baits would all lean towards the bottom and would indeed tangle up. With plastic swimbaits like Hudds and Baitsmith lures the box did a great job holding the baits safely and it was actually quicker and easier to draw the right lure. Our only complaint with the standard box is that the clips are a little tricky to fiddle with on the 6” version since the lid opens downwards (or towards you)

Yes it floats and remains watertight

We liked the standard version but found it very similar to implementations we have seen in the past, the major difference is the use of a waterproof box and the option of a 6” or 10” version which basically is the same box with the bar and clips either installed horizontally or vertically. The 6” version is able to hold 12 six inch baits while the 10” box is able to hold eight full sized swimbaits.

Ms. Casey helps us test a variety of different baits

Next we moved on the line-through version. From the outside the box looks pretty much the same, in fact both boxes feature the same brand label on the outer right corner. In place of the metal clips are 4.25” wires coated with plastic. These wires are easy to bend into any position anywhere down the length of the wire, they are also easy to straighten simply by pinching the wire and pulling downwards. Like the standard version the wires are separated with one inch plastic spacers.

The standard version makes use of clips

I tested a number of different line-through swimbaits including Osprey Talons and Castaic Catch 22 trout lures. The Osprey Talons have a very long line through section which requires you to thread the wire through the front of the bait all the way through the belly. Sounds hard, but to our surprise this was surprisingly easy with this box. The wire is just the right thickness and the black coating makes it easy to see and guide the wire from start to finish. Once threaded through the bait an upwards bend will hold the line through swimbait in place securely.

Testing the seals on the box, we were pleasantly surprised

The nice thing about this implementation is that the box is able to hold all types of line through swimbaits. For example the Castaic Catch 22 swimbaits only require threading through the head portion and this is not a problem with the flexible wire design.

A rubber gasket lines the entire edge of the box

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