Tackle Box/Bag for Flights

crazypopie1

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Hello,

I am wondering what people are using for transporting tackle by plane. I have a SKB 7200 and a 7100 that I use for trips leaving out of SD but they are big and heavy (when loaded up). What do you guys/gals use to transport your tackle when traveling by plane to fishing destinations (i.e., Mexico)?

George
 
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AKSalmon

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    I wish I had an answer for you. The SKB boxes don't work for airline travel because they are so very heavy; you just can't load much before it is too heavy to check without penalty. Lately I've been using an Open Water backpack bag. It's no longer made but there are a couple in production that are very similar. It works although a couple of the Plano boxes get broken every trip. An advantage is that I can put it on my back and still carry my clothes duffle and reel case (which is a carry on) through the airport. I ship my rods via Fedex because a friend has a business account with a discount. The fact is traveling for long range trips is a hassle, and expensive.
     
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    MBennett

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    I fly down from NorCal a few times a year for shorter trips (2.5 day usually)and have yet to find a good, easily checkable solution. My SKB 7100 is way overkill- too heavy and a little rude for shorter trips.
    I’m currently putting together a pelican 1500 case for my next trip, and we’ll see how it works. It should check easily, and AK airlines lets a tackle box and rod tube check as one item.
    I currently have it loaded with 1 deep and 1 regular 3600 tray, leaving room for a row of leader spool and space for hooks, tools, and misc tackle stuff. My heavy nighttime jigs will be in my carry on sans hooks.
    It may be tricky to find a spot on the tackle racks that allows good access.
    I’ll report back on how it works.

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    nicodemus

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    I have a Predator Tackle Bag -


    I pulled out the rod tubes and plan to close up the top zipper and side zippers with a TSA lock. The bag isn't too heavy and I'll load it up to just shy of 50lbs. Will be my first time flying with it. I sent my rods USPS to a buddy in SD fishing on the same trip leaving next week.

    On a side note, since I come in from New Mexico and my fishing buddy comes down from AK, we're looking into a small 5x5 storage unit up near 5-Star Processing (which we use). We're thinking of keep our rods and heavy tackle bags there. Yeah, we limit the ability to "play" with our gear at home, but if we have a good idea of our tackle (so we know what more we just "have" to have), it shouldn't be a big deal. We'll keep our reels so we can clean/maintain them. At $75 per bag and/or rods each way, the cost is a wash if we do more than 1 trip a year. Unit is only $40 a month.

    Any out of state LR guys ever considered this?
     
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    ricogrande

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    One trick I’ve used is to put a bunch of my heavier iron and wahoo bombs in heavy duty zip plastic bags and slide them into my rod tube with my rods. Might be a bit risky but allows my tackle box to save weight. Whichever box I’m using, nomad, borona or Plano gets put in a large pelican box. Rod tube and pelican box go as one piece of checked luggage with Alaska.
     
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    lastcast619

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    In one check in bag, I put my Daiwa D Vec Tactical Backpack, duffle bag for clothes and xtratuf boots. Fits nicely. If it goes over the weight limit, I take the hooks off my heaviest jigs and put them in my carry on. Second check in is the plano jumbo airliner rod tube for rods. Reels go in a shimano bhaltair reel case that fits nicely in my carry on. Anything else like gopro, passport, toiletries, etc. go in my personal item backpack. When I get to SD, I unpack everything I need and the carry on bag is put inside the check in bag, and is placed in the storage lockers that the landings have along with the rod tube.
     
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    surfgoose

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    It's probably the laziness of getting older, but after a couple of dozen trips down into Mexico I find myself taking less and less tackle. Four rods at most, often three plus a light travel rod for shoreline fun, and four reels. I have a light canvas tackle bag that holds one thick Plano and one regular Plano, plus room for gloves and hand towel and pliers kit. The thick Plano holds several trolling lures all set up, and a lure holder with a half-dozen of my absolute favorite lures for both surface and deep jig fishing. And a couple of dozen hooks and several sliding sinkers. It goes into a regular sized suitcase, and isn't overweight. The reels are in my carry-on backpack, with my fishing hat and rod belt cup. I have not needed anything else in the last dozen trips on either pangas or cruisers.

    If I was going to be chasing giant tuna out of PV, I would just use the boats' gear. But I don't enjoy getting beaten up by big tuna or billfish any more, playing with roosterfish and dorado is way more fun now.
     
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    jer dog

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    Hello,

    I am wondering what people are using for transporting tackle by plane. I have a SKB 7200 and a 7100 that I use for trips leaving out of SD but they are big and heavy (when loaded up). What do you guys/gals use to transport your tackle when traveling by plane to fishing destinations (i.e., Mexico)?

    George
    when I went to East Cape years Ago ,
    I use the Plano Box , the one that the Sides open up ,
    and you can see what's in it ,
    plus the middle opens up, and I put A small Fillet knife ,
    for the Lime's for the Beers, and i just put it in with my clothes ,
    so it wouldn't get bounced around ,
    and I didn't get hassled .
     
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    michael e. bingham

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    Check out Nomar store in Homet Alaska , best water proof and storage bags ever , they also have the best fishing clothes for cold weather , iv`e been using there bags and clothes fir 30 plus years , also the bags are great for hunters as well
     
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    Steel Seeker 40

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    I fly with my large rolling tackle box all the time. Alaska Airlines count one fishing rod tube, 115 linear inches, and a tackle box as a single checked item.
     
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