The Tackle-Rack LMS keeps lures in easy reach and virtually
Total Score: 8.08
There are a lot of tackle boxes out there, and while some tackle solutions
aim to do it all, the Tackle-Rack LMS is designed for one main reason...to keep
your lures within easy reach, and snag free at all times. This trouble-free
tackle solution brings a innovative patented design to anglers that utilize a
wide assortment of lures.
17" x 12" x 10"|
Clear/Translucent Grey Lid|
1 Year Limited Warranty|
Impressions: When I first set eyes on the Tackle-Rack my first thought was
that it looked very similar to a conventional tool box, but upon closer
examination it was apparent that this box was indeed designed for anglers. While
straightforward in design the Tackle-Rack addresses the age old problem of
keeping lures organized, easier to locate, and tangle free. How many times have
you gone to grab that perfect crankbait only to find it tangled among a sea of
treble hooks from your other lures? In a tournament situation this not only is
frustrating, but can cost you valuable time. The Tackle-Rack is more then just a
polypropylene box, it is actually a cleverly designed tackle solution.
The Tackle-Rack may look like
a toolbox, but it houses a innovative tackle organization system perfect for
The Real World Test: We conducted a series
of lab tests for durability and water resistance, as well as real world tests
that consisted of both shore and watercraft applications. Here's what we found:
10 second water tests showed
the tackle rack taking on water, luckily the design included 4 pop out
Materials/Durability: The Tackle-Rack is made out of extremely thick
polypropylene that is both scratch and impact resistant. Sharp hooks barely
scuff the surface of the box, and an impact from a hammer did almost no harm to
the box at all. Polypropylene is a medium-soft material that will not shatter,
or easily dry out and become brittle from contact with direct sunlight. When we
dropped the box from a 6 foot height the lid popped off a couple times, but
there was absolutely no damage to the structural integrity of the Tackle-Rack.
This a tough box that can really take a pounding to protect your valuable
collection of lures.
The Tackle-Rack is great for
watercraft anglers that want quick access to their lures. The boxes fit
easily side by side and can even be stacked
The Tackle-Rack would be considered a large tackle box with a overall length of
17 inches. One of the reasons for the large design is to allow easy
identification of lures and quick access to all of them. The box is designed
with four adjustable hanging dividers. These dividers can come out of the box
with ease, and can be positioned in various areas of the box. (More about lure
management system below) The lid can either be opened one half at a time, or
entire lid can come right off the top Tackle-Rack and snap on the bottom of the
box to provide added base support. We found that once the lid was on the
underside of the box the Tackle-Rack held snug to the marine carpet of our bass
boat even with good sized swells coming in contact with the vessel.
During our water resistance tests we noticed that
when splashed with water the box was not able to hold much of it out, and the
water began to well up inside the base of the box. To manage water buildup the
Tackle-Rack has a pop-out drainage hole in each corner of the box. Once these
holes were punched the box drained quickly, and with the lid removed the top the
moisture evaporates quickly. This is important because it allows your lures to
dry quickly, preventing any of your terminal tackle from rusting.
The lid can be opened one half
at a time or can be completely removed and snapped on the base of the box
for more grip
Tackle Rack Lure Management System: "LMS"
stands for "Lure Management System." This system consists of a completely open
design with patented "Hook-Nook" notches all over the box. These notches allow
anglers to vertically hang everything including cranks, spinners, and jigs.
Hanging lures enables anglers to quickly identify and remove lures quickly. They
can be organized into sections so that anglers waste no time making speedy lure
changes. Hanging lures also makes it so that the hooks are all turned safely
inward. This configuration also allows lures to be spaced apart so they do not
become tangled with one another.
One of the greatest innovations that the Tackle
Rack LMS has to offer is a very functional handle. Pliers can be stored
vertically in the top so that they are always just a grasp away. In addition
this is a great spot for small tools, bobbers, knives, and even a light.
The Tackle-Rack can
accommodate almost any type of lure safely and easily
Setting up the Tackle-Rack is extremely easy. All it takes is positioning four
hanging dividers in your desired location, then organizing and hanging all your
lures. We recommend breaking your lures up by style and application. For
example, we put all of our crankbaits in one hanger and our spinners another.
This allows you to pull out an entire hanger to quickly select among a number of
lures. Plastics can rest in the bottom or side of the box. The Tackle-Rack
contains no elements in its construction that will react with plasticizers found
in many plastic baits, so there is no dye-through.
The dividers can be pulled out
for quick lure organization or identification
Total Storage Capacity: The Tackle-Rack can retain between 50-70
lures, depending on size and spacing. In addition the Tackle-Rack has two small
compartments to hold your smaller terminal tackle. We found that you can also
store bags of plastics and tools like scales and weights at the base of the box.
This is a great box for lures, but not as good for bait fishermen or anglers
that have a wide assortment of terminal tackle as the box really is designed for
a variety of lures, and has limited space for the division of smaller tackle.
The Tackle-Rack has 2 smaller
trays for terminal tackle
Cleaning: As you might expect this is
probably the easiest box there is when it comes down to cleaning. Remove the
contents and you can spray the box with water and wash all components with light
soap. Saltwater anglers will appreciate the ease of maintenance, as there are no
parts of this box that will become corroded with saltwater. Even the hinges on
the door are made from the same durable polypropylene as the main shell.
The Tackle-Rack has room for
other misc. storage after it is filled with lures
Fishing at Night: As we mentioned earlier
the handle of the Tackle-Rack is ideal for a light. Tackle-Rack designed the
handle to easily accommodate either a six inch fluorescent light or a
glow-stick. This option allows anglers on both the boat and shore to easily
identify tackle in the dark. Since the handle holds the light in a concave
design the light is held low to the box, lighting up the entire rack's contents.
We tested both a fluorescent light and a glow stick and found the light to be
much more effective at lighting up all the contents of the box. This integrated
light holder-handle essentially frees up a hand for anglers to tie on their
lures, and keep fishing long after the sun goes down.
With a glow stick placed in
the handle the box is lit bright enough to identify lures in the dark
Applications: The Tackle-Rack was designed
to hold and organize lures, and does a great job at this. The anglers that will
benefit most from this tackle system are watercraft, shore lure-fisherman, and
tournament anglers. When quick identification and easy access are key demands of
your tackle system then the Tackle-Rack truly delivers. Bait fisherman on the
other hand may find the box too limiting in small storage capacity. Also anglers
that hike to fishing locations will not benefit from this box since it can only
be hand carried in an upright position. During our tests when the box was tilted
it had no problems, but if turned upside down many smaller lures would become
LMS Ratings (?/10)
Good solid construction that can really take a beating. Will protect all
Good performance in terms of organization, could be slightly more
weatherproofed, but does well in all areas that it is designed for
reasonable price for a tackle solution that works
a number of useful patented features like the "Hook-Nook" system and the
flexible handle design
Designed more for stationary and watercraft applications. Comfortable in
your hand for short carries, and a good size for boat tackle lockers
tackle system is great for fishing saltwater and fresh, but limited to
anglers that fish mostly with lures over short distances that require no
hiking or scaling of rough terrain. Great for watercraft owners
Pluses and Minuses:
Not for all applications, best for lures
Finally, Tangle free lure storage
More waterproofing |
Quick and easy to use
Not for anglers on the go|
Fish in the dark
Conclusion: The Tackle-Rack LMS is more a "tackle system"
rather then just another box. Anglers that enjoy fishing lures will relish the
speed and ease in which you can locate and tie on the right lure. Tournament
bass anglers with boats will definitely benefit from the Tackle-Rack's
organization and open design. While not for everyone, this box will appeal to
anyone that is looking for a better way to organize, protect, and handle lures.
If these are important factors for your tackle box then the solid construction
and innovative design the Tackle-Rack might just be the solution you are looking
Until Next Time....Tight Lines!