Remember the good old wooden tackle boxes. They were great, just impractical, and awfully expensive. Then along came Mark Pack with their soft-sided component style bags. They introduced a different style of tackle box to fishermen. But, many of us wanted the extra protection a hard case offers. You can fly with these checked into baggage, I’d not do that with a soft case. Back in 2000 SKB introduced their hard case, and I was probably the first guy with ’em. The owners son dropped by my barn/warehouse before I had our retail shop opened the following year. I was impressed, as were our most serious clients. SKB combined some of the best aspects of both styles of tackle storage – hard and soft pack. SKB has produced an excellent tackle box. I think it’s the definitive hard case.
If you’ve ever wielded an ax…make that guitar, you probably have heard of SKB. They make some of the finest hard cases around. Well, as so often happens in this business, the owner of the firm is a fisherman. In fact, he recently picked up a nice little 50′ Viking as I hear it. The guy wanted a tackle box, not a tackle bag. So, he built one, a really good one. No matter how good a Mark Pack Hippo or Long Ranger are there really are times a hard case can be a plus. Sure, weight favors the soft case, but the hard case’s weakness of high weight lends to it’s incredible strength. For instance, there have been times I’ve used my own SKB at the warehouse as my step ladder…and I go in over 200 lbs. these days. It’s a better tackle box, but it’s a secure step too with the rubber feet and indestructible rotationally molded construction.
Let’s just quickly go over some of the features: rotationally molded construction, top lid opens 90-180 degrees for easy access to a storage compartment behind a clear acrylic door, four Plano 3700 boxes, high quality stainless steel hardware, hanging jig area and travel cover to keep ’em in place on the airlines…(handles up to 40 jigs), padded removable shoulder strap, two outside box pockets (great for glasses or sunscreen), and there’s obvious attention to detail demonstrated in the fit and finish of these serious tackle storage devices. Oh, I almost forgot, there’s also a lifetime SKB warranty on the box, too!
For 2003/4 SKB made a change in the big box. It now can accommodate rocket launchers! Just like their 7100 and 7200, you can bolt on rod holders!