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Old 12-31-2018, 08:02 PM
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Default How are ya'll storing pre-made bottom fishing rigs/deep drop rigs?

What's the best way to store pre-made bottom fishing leaders/deep drop leaders?
I have been using the binders or ziplocs...but making sure there isn't something I am missing. It would be nice to be able to rinse them while stored/organized, similar to a mesh trolling lure bag or mesh jig bag. My mesh roll-up bags are all a little 'shallow' to coil a leader, without getting small coils and a bunch of memory in the leader material.

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Old 01-01-2019, 03:41 AM
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I use ziplocks too. I don't put more than a couple of rigs per bag so I don't end up with a tangled mess. When I get them home, I wash them off and hang them in the garage for a few days, then put them back in a ziplock. It's not a perfect system, as I still get some tangles, but it does work. I'm interested if there is a better way too.
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I do 1 per sandwich bag. It's the best I've found
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I haven't found a better system than the binders you mentioned. I just bought 2 made by shimano. Roughly 10" x 10".

I was disappointed to learn (after I bought them) that Shimano does not sell replacement zip style bags to be able to add "pages" to the binder. Luckily, the quart size freezer bags fit perfectly in these binders so I'm good!

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Old 01-01-2019, 05:17 AM
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As others said, ziplocks work fine for rigs with just two or three hooks. For rigs with more hooks I use pieces of styrafoam or short sections of pool noodles, although these take more space but keep anything from tangling.
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I've been using zip locks and binders and am actually shopping for a new and larger "quality" binder that doesn't rust up and the bags rip open (academy brand sucks). I've even taken it a step further and started shrink wrapping my higher-end rigs in food saver bags. It keeps them nice and fresh and corrosion free and I don't have to worry about leaving them on the boat.

I keep my wind ons in binders for easy access. Same with my wire king and ballyhoo rigs.

I usually tie bottom rigs on-the-fly, so I just keep spool of leader and a hook assortment on board.

I rinse anything I want to re-use with fresh water and throw them in a bucket. I either clean them with salt-away and soap, or drop them in the sonic cleaner if they are small enough when I get home.
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Binders and ziplock bags
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:40 AM
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Bass pro makes a binder with ziplock style bags in it. They make different sizes and sell extra bags. I tried uploading pictures but the pictures are way to big and I can't figure out how to make them fit.
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RE: DEEP DROP RIGS
I can humbly submit that I've been using and storing for many years and this is never an issue. I can store multiple bags in a larger plastic bag, tackle box/holder, sleeve, etc. Whatever is most convenient for you.

First, I make mine so that they form back into a circle easily. See the pic how the branch lines match up and easily form a loop to store. Second, I use a heavier weighted bag. It's 8X8 and it's 4mil thick to add body. I intentionally use something that will continue to be their "storage". For me, the mesh bag gets bulks, water collects and they always seem to attract a morsel of something. Wherever you buy (or make) your rigs just buy thicker mil bags for them that will hold the test of time. It's cost effective and very functional.

The key is to fresh water rinse and then let dry before storing. Hang them first or whatever is most convenient for you.
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Let me know how the heck once you have 1-2-4 pounds of lead hanging on the bottom you still have memory in the leader. Don't over complicate a uncomplicated situation. Put them in bags throw them in a drawer or just use new ones. Texas blue makes them everyday easy peasy.

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My father would wrap his walleye rigs over a piece of foam swim noodle, inserting the hook points into the foam. Easy to rinse, easy to store.
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I do 1 per sandwich bag. It's the best I've found
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Originally Posted by glacierbay2 View Post
My father would wrap his walleye rigs over a piece of foam swim noodle, inserting the hook points into the foam. Easy to rinse, easy to store.
I've done this in the past. If you cut the swim noodle into sections you can hold a lot of rigs in varying sizes per segment.
Most of the time I'm in a hurry and when making my rigs so I just drop 1 per sandwich bag to avoid tangles. Now they make multi colored sandwich bags. So you can use green for snapper rigs, red for grouper rigs, yellow for yellow tail rigs etc..
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I use the zip log bags for pre-tied leaders, but I put everything in a 1 compartment, 3" high, 3700 series plano box - snapper rigs, AJ rigs, grouper rigs, etc. Binders kept rusting so I got something that doesn't rust to hold it all. Also have the same 3700 box for wire leaders - single strand and multi. Keep both in leaning post storage. And I use the Costco plastic nut containers (they are flat sided, not round, to stack against each other) to hold bank sinkers and other weights - tops are labeled for the size weights in the the container. Couple pics below.

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I loosely coil then fold a wax paper "pocket"..write on what size hook leader. By using paper it is a cheep throw away. Store in plano boxes in flip outs by BoatOutfitters.com
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I use vinyl CD sleeves with flaps. I also had a full sheet of 1/16" thick plastic panel from Homey D that I cut into 4-3/4 squares as needed to give the sleeves rigidity. Then I hole+punch the whole shebang and put them on stainless shower rings by size. I used to make leaders as I went, but my wife thought that it was a terrible waste of fishing time

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Pool noodle.
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