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Old 04-24-2021, 10:41 PM   #1
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I usually stick a spoon or two in a shirt pocket and something in my pocket when I wade. I see dudes using fanny pacs and backpacks and just wonder whatís a good practice. What do you use for ď re rigsĒ when wading? Thanks in advance
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:44 PM   #2
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Shirt pockets.
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:47 PM   #3
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Wading belt with stringer and pliers.

A few lures in the belt and a few jig hooks and maybe some soft
plastics in the shirt pocket.

Keep it simple.
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Old 04-25-2021, 02:48 AM   #4
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Are you talking about saltwater fishing or wading a creek?
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:31 AM   #5
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:41 AM   #6
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I usually go minimalist and throw a few things in my shirt pocket and stick some plugs in my stringer float. The over the shoulder Wade boxes aren’t too bad either.
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:49 AM   #7
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The madre sling by coastal fishing gear is what I use.


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Old 04-25-2021, 07:27 AM   #8
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I used to carry a box on back of my wade belt with all kinds of stuff. Now days though I throw a few different plastics into one bag with some extra hooks and a topwater and put it in my shirt pocket. Much easier on the back to not have that water logged bait box hanging off my belt.


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Old 04-25-2021, 07:40 AM   #9
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Wading belt, pliers ,stringer , and an over the shoulder box
With the essential stuff.. We will wade for hours sometimes
So the pocket thing isn't practical especially if you are going through lures on fish...
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:02 AM   #10
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I found a cheap over the shoulder Magellan bag and it’s my new favorite. Easy to spin around and grab pliers/ lure boxes and stays dry.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:14 AM   #11
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Small box, couple of different weights of jig head, a few plastics of light and dark color, and one topwater or waker bait and a few feet of leader material.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:16 AM   #12
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My wading belt has one of those clear tackle containers. Works great! I do have to rinse it out every time I get back in as it is usually under water the majority of the time depending on how deep I’m wading.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:27 AM   #13
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I use a wading belt with pliers and stringer. Typically carry two rods, one always has a jighead/plastic and the other either a corky or topwater depending on the season.

Most times I just put spare stuff in a pocket, but on longer Wades or when heavily using hard baits I’ll carry an over-the-shoulder box. It’s hard to pocket a super spook with 3 trebles.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:35 AM   #14
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Wade belt with the box, pliers, stringer. Throw the box it comes with away and buy a waterproof one at Academy that fits in the pouch. Game changer.
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Old 04-25-2021, 09:52 AM   #15
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I use a belt for back support and a place for my stringer and pliers.

My tackle box is a DIY hook spit copy. I took a section of a broke ratchet strap and pop riveted it to one of those Plano boxes with gaskets on the sides. I don't like to fumble with the box that stuffs into the belt in deep water. Plus is not trying to escape in the surf

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Old 04-25-2021, 10:14 AM   #16
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I usually stick to two rods at the most.
A couple of packages of soft plastics I know that I’ll throw in my shirt pocket with a few jig heads inside those. Other rod is usually a jerk bait or topwater rod. I usually have a very small box in my wade belt with a few choice hardbodys in it.

That’s pretty much it. Keep It simple as possible. A lot occasions I’ll find myself just using one rod to keep from packing the second one along.
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Old 04-25-2021, 11:11 AM   #17
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Here is my deal - for $50 you can get a belt designed and set up for wade fishing. All I know is that it’s a lot of work and time moving out away from the boat and having everything right there at your fingertips sure is nice when you need it.
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Old 04-25-2021, 01:56 PM   #18
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I have an over the shoulder box (small with several holes drilled so water drains. 1-2 tops, 1-2 twitch baits, 1-2 jig heads, and a pack of plastics in shirt pocket. One rod, net, stringer, and my box. I don't want a lot of stuff dragging around or weighing me down.

I'll also add, get some fast drying fishing pants, not shorts. They'll keep the little jellyfish and crap off of you.

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Old 04-25-2021, 06:21 PM   #19
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I use a Grind TT double shoulder box. One box for plastics, one box for plugs. On the shoulder strap I have a sheath and pliers. Also on the strap I have a longline clip I clip my stringer to. I carry a pair of Boomerang line nippers in my shirt pocket along with a little spool of leader material. I attach my floating wade net to the float end of my stringer. That's it and that's all.

The only time I wear a wade belt is when I am using a shark basket/bucket and I have a velcro walk and wade belt I use to attach the shark bucket to.
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:41 PM   #20
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If you get a box make sure it's one of the ones with holes/perforations all over the bottom. That's the only way to go so your lures don't rust out!! I normally have box, as described above, and a bag or two full of plastics..... Then I throw the same soft plastic 99.9% of the time and just cary the box around for some unknown reason!

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Old 04-25-2021, 06:50 PM   #21
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:02 PM   #22
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Pretty much what I have. The first one I made had holes. The newer one doesn't. When I get home I fill the box of lures full of water, let it sit then air dry. No rust

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Old 04-25-2021, 07:12 PM   #23
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Pretty much what I have. The first one I made had holes. The newer one doesn't. When I get home I fill the box of lures full of water, let it sit then air dry. No rust

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Thatís how you do it. I was never comfortable carrying two rods, when I wade now I use a rod Iím comfortable throwing plugs or tails with, Waterloo hp slam mag does it for me.
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:17 PM   #24
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White skitterwalk- two jig heads and a package of plastic. Quart ziplock in pocket
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:02 PM   #25
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I have been wading salt for 40 years. Tried every kind of pack i could buy or make over those years. I hate my expensive baits soaking in saltwater all day in a plastic box. This rig goes over my shoulder and stays out of the way until i need it. It is 100% waterproof even with waves crashing into you. It easily holds two small boxes, pliers, lens cleaner, snuff etc.




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Old 04-25-2021, 08:16 PM   #26
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How do you fish your expensive lures without soaking them in saltwater?
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:47 PM   #27
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How do you fish your expensive lures without soaking them in saltwater?
Big difference between the one Iím using and 10 other corkies soaking in salt all day. It keeps everything else dry as well. Now if i could just find a way to keep the reds from destroying them.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:48 PM   #28
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Old 04-25-2021, 11:01 PM   #29
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Ok Iím gonna let you in on a wading hack....get a fish tote like the Foreverlast or Hookspit style with the Velcro top. Next, get you a good sized waterproof tackle box (whatever size you want, I use a single Plano) and put your gear in it. These are large enough for a few tops, jig heads, few different packages of plastics, etc. Now take your tackle box and toss it inside your fish tote and youíre done. Nothing hanging on ya, everything in a single location....easy peasy.
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:30 AM   #30
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Just get a foam hat kill two birds with one hat

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Old 04-26-2021, 09:43 AM   #31
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Most of the year I don't carry corkies in my wade box. They just don't hold up well anyway. I try to open as few of them at a time as possible. I usually use the same 3 colors anyway so I don't have to open many of them at a time. But the green goo monsters are going to get them one way or the other. Once they are fished the clock is ticking. I've never been able to keep the green goo at bay in Corkies. Even new ones in the package will turn green if you leave them in your boat.

Most of the year I just carry tails and hard plugs. I have used waterproof boxes and boxes with drain holes. Two different lines of thought. I find that I end up getting some water in my waterproof boxes when I change out lures and if I am not careful that little tiny bit of saltwater sealed up in there makes a nice humidified environment that rusts everything up. If you remember to pull out the plugs you used and wash them well and let the box totally dry out they are ok. I prefer the boxes with all the tiny drain holes. When I come in from fishing I flush them out with freshwater real well and then set it in the sun and let it dry. Usually I fill a 5 gal bucket with fresh water and throw my wade box, pliers and stringer in there and let all of that soak while I clean up the boat. I pull the box out and let it drain and drop it back in several times to flush out all the salt that I can, even pull it out and give it a good shake each time I drain it and put it back in. Then I pull it out, drain it well and shake out all the water I can and set it on the end of the dock in the sunshine with the boxes open while I finish up cleaning up the boat. And last I leave my wade gear in the floor of the boat so it gets plenty of air flow and dries out completely and put it away the next day. I still have to change out hooks once in awhile but I don't have near the rust issues doing that as I have had with other methods.
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