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Swimbait Storage: (Columbia Tackle Line-Through and Standard Boxes) So you've got a lot of swimbaits, how do you store them all? Columbia Custom Tackle is a new company on the scene and modifies Plano boxes to hold both hard and soft swimbaits. They have two versions including a standard version which is good for soft bodied swimbaits (though we found it was able to hold hard swimbaits as well if you didn't mind some limited treble hook tangling) and holds them via a traditional clip attached to a rod through the box. The 6" version holds up to sixteen baits side by side neatly. The line through version makes use of a wire attached to the rod instead of a slip to easily attach swimbaits.

Columbia Custom Tackle has a safe place to stow your big baits

 There are different versions to hold 6" or 10" baits. These boxes are easy to load and make identification of your baits fast and easy in the field and because you baits are held side by side they do not become damaged or deformed under pressure and remain in pristine swimming condition when it comes time to tie them on. Both versions of Columbia Custom Tackle's boxes are available now for prices ranging from $31.99-$34.99 depending on version at Tackle Warehouse.

There are two versions, the standard or line-through, and both are available in configurations to hold 6 or 10" swimbaits

Fishing Line: (Daiwa Samurai Braid) Daiwa's Samurai Braid is among the most supple braids we have ever fished. It is so supple it feels quite unlike any other braided line on the market. It is noticeably thinner and more flexible than ordinary braids. Samurai features more strands than other brands, and this eight-strand weave allows this line to have a reduced diameter so it is possible to get more line on lower capacity reels. 

A new choice in braid, Daiwa Samurai is an eight strand weave braid for a softer feel and increased sensitivity

Samurai Braid is available in traditional green and hi-vis yellow which is great for topwater applications. We have been testing this line and are absolutely loving it for fishing frogs in the Delta. Daiwa Samurai braid comes in spool varieties ranging from 150 and 300yd filler spools to massive 1500yd service spools. A 150yd. spool of 40lb. braid retails for only $24.95 at Tackle Warehouse.

Samurai braid paired with a Daiwa Alphas Ito and the new Steez XBD frog rod makes for a deadly topwater frog fishing combo

Terminal Tackle: (Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Weedless Hook) The Gamakatsu Wide Gap Weedless Finesse Hook was designed for situations where you need a big hook but a long shank worm hook would be too much. One of the best uses for the Gamakatsu Wide Gap Weedless Finesse Hook is wacky rigging stickbaits like Senkos. The best part of these hooks is that they are weedless so it is possible to get worms into the nastiest brush. Gamakatsu Wide Gap Finesse Weedless Hooks come five per pack and retail for $4.49. These hooks are available now at Tackle Warehouse.

Get into the thick of it with Gamakatsu's new Finesse Wide Gap Weedless Hooks



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