Sticky Storage - Lure Lock
Keeps Tackle Secure and Protected
Total Score: 7.75 -
Lure Lock is a relative newcomer to the tackle storage scene, but brings a
number of new ideas to the category with their “TakLogic Technology,” which is
designed to secure lures inside boxes, and improve both tackle organization and
bait protection. The heart of this design is the company’s ElasTak gel which
possesses some interesting properties, and is integrated into the company’s
quality plastic outer box and snap-apart divider designs, and offering a fresh
approach to tackle management.
Large - 14"
x 9" x
Multiple - 4
Lure Lock offers anglers something
truly new in the tackle storage category
Impressions: So just what are these new boxes? The company’s name pretty
much explains what the brand’s primary product is all about, locking down your
lures. These boxes are designed to improve on traditional tackle storage by
providing boxes equipped a sticky ElasTak gel bottom layer to secure baits and
terminal tackle. The idea is that by holding your tackle in place items are not
only more organized, but also much less likely to get damaged, by reducing the
contact with other baits and hooks.
What is interesting about these
boxes is the TakLogic technology that uses ElasTak gel to hold baits firmly in
ElasTak gel is a proprietary soy-based mixture
provides enough cling to hold your tackle, but not too much that they are
difficult to remove. This gel is scent free and will not leave any residue on
your baits. The entire system was designed and manufactured in Lure Lock’s
headquarters, located in Ettrick, Wisconsin.
Lure Lock boxes feature thick
durable housings and reliable latches
While Lure Lock does offer a number of other products like their “Lure Locker,”
which consolidates boxes together for easier portability, or boxes that come
pre-loaded with a few select baits, just about all their products center around
execution of their TakLogic designs.
I employed the boxes for a wide
variety of bass fishing applications ranging from the shore to the boat
Real World Tests: For our tests we procured three different Lure Lock
boxes, in various configurations, and focused on bass fishing tackle and
applications. We made use of these boxes for a variety of different lures and
terminal tackle including hooks, sinkers, soft bodied lures, wire baits, and a
complete range of swimbaits. We tested these boxes over a period of four months,
utilizing them as primary storage boxes when fishing from a bass boat, as well
as when shore fishing.
I found the boxes very good for
holding terminal tackle and protecting more expensive ripbaits and swimbaits
Operation: The first thing I noticed about the Lure Lock boxes was not
what was inside but outside, as these boxes feature a very thick and durable
construction. The plastic used to create the outer boxes is pure polypropylene,
and I found both the base tray and the lids to be thicker than average, which
improves crush resistance and also gives the boxes a more solid and robust feel.
Even the latches on the boxes appear thicker and sturdier than many competitors,
and the signature bright green highlights the Lure Lock branding.
I found the boxes good for
organizing my most often used baits
Inside the boxes anglers will find a familiar
strip of sectional dividers, only these easy to identify bright green dividers
are designed to deploy quicker and more easily with a clever “snap-apart”
construction which provides clean edges without ever having to cut or trim with
scissors. Of all the boxes that I have ever used this system is by far the
easiest and quickest implementation I’ve seen to date.
Lure Lock boxes are best for
organizing a limited number of baits or terminal tackle
The real innovation in this box is the ElasTak gel which does a very good job
holding smaller and lighter baits in place as well as securing the complete
range of terminal tackle. At first I found it a little strange to experience the
resistance when trying to pull out lures or something as simple as a tungsten
weight, but this quickly faded as I began to appreciate how the box helps
isolate and organize key baits. Though there are larger boxes capable of holding
full sized swimbaits I found that 4oz. and heavier baits would sometimes peel
off if the boxes are held vertically and shaken aggressively, like when running
the boat hard or hiking the shoreline.
Overload the boxes and the baits
stacked on top will not even make contact with the gel
Key to the functionality of the Lure Lock system
is enough solid contact with the gel. Anglers that are focused on organization
will appreciate how the boxes secure all your prized baits or terminal tackle
firmly in place. No more rattles, scratched up baits, or wandering terminal
On the flip side, if you are an angler that likes to cram all your baits in the
smallest number of boxes then these boxes are not for you, as only the baits on
the bottom of each section will be locked in place, and the gel actually does
take some room which reduces overall storage volume slightly.
The soy based gel does a good job
holding most bait types and leaves no residue on the baits or causes negative
reactions with finishes or tails on traditional baits
Throughout testing we wondered how the gel would react with other plastics, and
whether it would remain sticky after repeated use, and would the properties
change in various temperatures? The soybean based gel has proven to be very
stable, and I didn’t experience any reaction, residue, or discoloration with
swimbaits, hollow bodied frogs, skirts, or traditional plastics. It is important
to note that some soft bodied swimbaits, especially those with a slick or
painted finish simply would not hold on the gel, and it really varied depending
on the exact type of material and finish on those soft bodied swimbaits.
Smaller or lighter baits hold
firmly in place when the boxes are jostled but heavier baits, like 5oz.
swimbaits, shifted or fell off the gel when hiking