- provide an easy way to rinse salt off lures;
- allow lures to dry effectively.
Now you might think with such minimalist requirements, this problem of rinsing and drying lures easily would have been cracked a long time ago. The fact that it hasn't indicates that a solution may be more difficult than first appears. Most manufacturers solution is to simply drill holes at the base of the box or bag to let water flow out. Except what generally happens is that you get a sodden wet bag or box that doesn't really dry, and quite often, small areas of salt remain stubbornly present in corners and crannies. If you leave salt present anywhere, it draws moisture to it. So what is apparently dry can mysteriously become damp over time. This lets the salt go to work rotting whatever it is in contact with. That means you open your bag and discover to your horror that your lure hooks are covered in rust. And you thought you had rinsed and dried them!
I've tried several lure boxes and not cracked this problem yet. My best solution to date had been the Shimano Lure Bag:
Now when I first realised the tubes could be taken out, and they had a hole in the bottom of them, I thought great, I just take them out and rinse! Unfortunately the hole in the bottom of the tubes seems to be a magnet for trebles, causing lures to get hooked in the tube, and forcing you to lift the entire tube out of the bag sometimes to get the lure free. That can be a major pain when the fish are going nuts and you are drifting over them at speed. Secondly, I have rinsed these tubes under the water many times. Yes water drains out of them. No, the water doesn't dry in the tubes in time to prevent rust forming on your trebles. Time to get a pair of split ring pliers...
So when I saw the Sakura Lure Washer Bag on Bass Lures I was delighted. A bag specifically designed for rinsing lures after fishing! Let's have a look:
But how does it perform when you want to rinse your lures? Well, pretty good. There's a lot more space for air to get down the tubes, and if you can put the tubes on a wire rack, then they do seem to dry much better than the Shimano Lure Bag ever did.
So, do I recommend it? Well, it's a mixed bag, if you'll pardon the pun! Some good features:
- the ability to rinse and dry the lures easily, but I hope that sellotape isn't meant to do the job of holding the tubes together;
- the longest lures can be stored without a problem.
- very little storage for accessories you need when lure fishing;
- no options for soft lure storage;
- if lures drop down the tubes they are difficult to retrieve.
As always, I'll post an update on how the bag holds up at the end of the season. But I suspect that the ultimate, saltwater lure washer bag or box is still out there waiting to be designed...
Bad news I'm afraid at the end of season update for this piece of kit. Two of the zips have corroded inside their plastic sheath and broken off, and all three zips periodically corrode and jam shut, even if rinsed in fresh water. This lure bag is just not fit for saltwater use.
The netting on top of the bag is ripped and untrustworthy. The plugs don't really dry that well in the tubes either. All in all, I'd have to give a thumbs down to this bag.
Looks like I'm still on the hunt for a decent kayak lure box, either that or I'll have to make one myself... ;-)