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Saturday, March 8, 2008

• Plano Spool Box


After doing all of these line reviews, I've found that keeping spools organized to be somewhat of a nuisance. Then Plano came out with this see-through plastic spool box that holds up to six 1" wide x 4 1/4" diameter spools. It has small holes along the front side to feed line through so you can fill up a reel without even removing the spool of line from the box.

I filled up the box in no time at all. That leads me to wonder if there would be any demand for a larger capacity box, perhaps double sided for 10-12 spools. I know I will be buying some different line in the near future and my box is already full. The box works great for me though. I can fit it into my extra bag and have almost all of my 1" spools with me just in case. It allowed me to free up some space in the tackle box. It's a huge time saver. All I have to do is feed the free end through the small hole in the front and onto my reel.

Any problems or complaints? A few. The free end of line on any of the spools can freely move around inside and come off. I haven't made a mess yet, but it could potentially happen. Some companies make small notches on spools to hold line in place. I could see Plano placing something similar at the front of the box near each of the holes. Even some sort of clip would be helpful. Tape or a rubber band will have to do for now.

I can tell which line is which inside the box, but if you've got line that looks a lot alike or have different lb test side by side, you may have to pull out the spool from its slot to check to make sure you're using the right stuff. I've read some people take some tape and label everything from the outside. One last problem I have that may be of no consequence to anyone else is that as the spool turns, it makes noise from rubbing against the plastic slot. I'm sure it's loud enough to transmit through the bottom of a boat. In future revisions of the product, maybe Plano can coat the slots on the inside of the box with something soft that still allows free movement, yet maintains line tension.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much was the Plano box? I saw a similar arrangement at Bass Pro from another brand that was something like $15 or $25 - pretty steep IMO.

BassFishingDem said...

Anywhere from $5 to $7 depending on where you shop. Academy had it on sale for a while.

South Georgia Fisher said...

I really need one of them to hold all my spools of line. Thanks for all the information about it. Ill probly go get one one day so I can keep my line organized.