We’ve collected some of the best tackle boxes on the market for a thorough group review.
We all have different requirements when it comes to a carp tackle box, but these eight options should offer something for everyone.
We let tackle editor Marc Coulson lift the lids…
When it comes to carp-fishing essentials, as far as I’m concerned, a decent tackle box is right up there with rods, reels and something to sit on.
Okay, so you can chuck all of your terminal tackle into a soft pouch or a Tupperware tub, but with a huge range of tackle boxes available to the modern carp angler, there’s really no excuse for not being more organised.
KORDA TACKLE SAFE
RRP: £24.99 | www.korda.co.uk
Although the shallow profile doesn’t cater for larger items such as hooklinks and the like, the brand new Tackle Safe is designed to be used with the new EVA pouches which have just been released.
The magnetic closure is secure and the build quality throughout is first class.
A total of 25 compartments vary in size and those in the lid are slightly shallower than in the base.
The finish is the same as Korda’s Rig Safe with an 8ins measure on the lid to help tie consistent rigs and an extremely durable outer.
I couldn’t wait to empty my old tackle box and fill this one with all of my terminal gear, which I’m pleased to say fit in nicely, with the exception of the larger items I mentioned earlier.
If I could change the Tackle Safe in any way it would be to make the base section just a tad deeper, but that’s quite picky for what is otherwise an excellent tackle-storage solution.
NASH BIVVY BOX TABLE
RRP: £49.99 | www.nashtackle.co.uk
How about this for a great concept – a bivvy table with drawers incorporated and now with a free medium tackle box included.
While it’s one of the more expensive of boxes here, when you consider what you get I feel it the price tag is justified.
The tackle box fits neatly inside a compartment in the table, which boasts folding legs and top divider, and the small drawer in the table itself will house hooklink spools and larger items.
Both the tackle box and the drawer are kept closed by retaining clips to stop everything emptying out in transit.
It’s well made and feels solid throughout, and despite the plastic body feeling a little more brittle than some others, it coped with plenty of abuse on my bench tests.
If you use a bivvy table you’ll know that the thing which takes up the most room on it is usually your tackle box.
Being able to store it within the table itself, keeping just the vital few bits on the table is, I think, a great idea.
PROLOGIC TACKLE ORGANISER (L)
RRP: £24.99 | www.prologicfishing.com
I’ve chosen the larger of two versions of this tackle box as it holds plenty of kit and there are several extras included for a very reasonable price.
Well made and with secure clips, inside there are four smaller compartment boxes for swivels and suchlike, as well as two rig boxes which will take lots of made-up rigs.
This will doubtless appeal to many anglers who keep everything in one place, but I’d prefer to have this as usable space and keep my rigs separate.
That said, they’re included so you could do just that and take them out and keep them in your bag, still packed with rigs.
They’re a nice additional whichever way you look at it.
The dividers inside the main box offer numerous configurations and will help swallow up rig tools, terminal bits, hooklinks and even leads if you are indeed one of those anglers that likes to literally keep everything together.
There is a smaller version of this box available, which sells for around £14.99. It doesn’t include the rig boxes but the smaller accessory boxes do come with it.
NASH TACKLE BOX
RRPs: £23.99 & £16.99 | www.nashtackle.co.uk
Sometimes in life you find yourself wanting something nice and simple without any unnecessary frills.
The Nash Tackle Boxes, which come in medium and large versions, are exactly that.
Well constructed and with simplicity in mind, there are plenty of removable dividers to allow your own configuration, but no additional extras.
You might think this falls a little short, then, but I know plenty of anglers who use these boxes and do what they want with them in terms of storage.
They’re not expensive either, so you could use a couple and have them filled with the correct gear for certain angling situations.
A mate of mine does exactly that, using one box for autumn/winter and one for spring/summer, which house the sort of stuff you’d imagine using in those times of year.
A simple box, but does exactly what it needs to.
KORUM MAXI RIG MANAGER FULLY LOADED
RRP: £29.99 | www.korum.co.uk
For a penny under 30quid you get a heck of a lot in this deep box, with plenty of compartments, additional flip-tip boxes and even rig tools clipped into the lid.
Three colour-coded baiting needles and rig scissors are always going to come in handy, although the disgorgers are aimed more at Korum’s all-rounder market.
The removable rig board is a nice touch which, provided you don’t hoard your terminal tackle, will comfortably house what you need for even the longest sessions.
Build quality is good throughout and the clips, importantly, are positive and secure.
The shape is very different to a traditional tackle box, which may actually sit inside some luggage items, especially the modern stackable-type rucksacks, without having to go on its side.
While Korum is known very much as a pleasure angler or all-rounder’s brand, carp anglers would do well do consider this and many other of its products for their own fishing.
I can’t put my finger exactly what, but there’s something about this box that I really like.
FOX ROYALE SYSTEM BOX
RRP: £37 | www.foxint.com
The original tackle box that every carp angler either owned or yearned for, these have long set the standard when it comes to storing your terminal tackle.
The Royale is basically the old System Fox Box, as it was, the top-of the range version of which was then superseded by and upgraded to the F Box range.
I chose the large version (there’s also a medium) for this test as it’s packed with removable dividers, additional boxes and houses a mountain of gear.
It is Tardis-like in that respect and if you can fill one of these and still have stuff left over then you’re taking too much kit!
If you haven’t ever owned a Fox box then you’ve missed out, or maybe haven’t been able to afford or justify what were once an extremely expensive option.
However, the Royale box has brought Fox boxes will within the budget of most anglers and is well worth checking out.
There are also a huge range of compartment boxes available separately which fit this and the other Fox System Boxes, so you can always change the way you set yours out if you want to.
NASH TT BOX LOGIC RIG STATION
RRP: £84.99 | www.nashtackle.co.uk
The daddy of tackle storage, the Rig Station broke the mould when it first launched and it continues to be popular with anglers who like to take lots of gear with them.
Similarly, I know a few lads who have one of these at home and use it to house all of their spare terminal gear which they need a place for but which they don’t take on every trip.
There is a mass of room inside this bad boy and the clip-on accessories such as the rig testing ‘tank’ and side trays transform it even further.
Nash also produces a dedicated carry bag to keep it safe between trips.
Like the Bivvy Box Table, there are four adjustable legs beneath the Rig Station, complete with swivel feet for uneven ground.
There’s also an integral drawer complete with rig board and additional storage area, plus neat rings on the outside that can be used to hang rigs on.
The lid has a measuring area for your rigs and also doubles up as a work area or table-top, with its deep lip stopping items rolling off and into the grass.
Internal dividers are movable so you can configure it to suit your own tackle and the 10cm depth of the main body will house bigger items as well as smaller terminal tackle.
If you take the kitchen sink and then some, or just like to have everything with you for those ‘just in case’ moments, then the Rig Station has got you covered.
WYCHWOOD TACKLE BOX COMPLETE
RRP: £24.99 | www.wychwoodcarp.co.uk
Of all the tackle boxes in this review, this one really impressed. The combination of what’s included in the box itself and the excellent price made an immediate impression.
I cannot label any as the ‘best’ here as many of them are so different in style, but if you want a traditional-style box without spending too much money then check it out.
Inside the box, there are four small compartment boxes which house all the smaller stuff like swivels, beads and rings.
Cleverly, however, Wychwood has made the dividers in these smaller boxes adjustable, something not seen in any of the others.
This means that not only can you configure the main box but you can also create personalised compartment boxes too.
As well as these four small boxes, there are also two larger boxes, which in themselves are almost like extra tackle boxes.
They’ll swallow up larger items and can be removed and used separately, therefore opening up a large internal space for use too.
Clips are both sturdy and reliable and the entire construction is of shatterproof materials, so it should last a while, too.
There’s a smaller version of the same box available for £14.99, but I’d spend the extra tenner and get one of these.