How bad do you have it? Come on, really how bad are you addicted to the sport of ice fishing? Well if you have half the sickness that consumes me, here are some helpful hints for keeping your ice fishing panfish jigs organized and protected.
I started out with the small fly fishing boxes to keep things organized, but quickly realized that after four boxes, it could lead to dilemmas down the road. When the opportunity arose to purchase these bass plastics bags (meaning when they were on sale) I jumped at this new way to organize my pannie collection of jigs and lures. I even labeled them by species; bluegill, crappie and perch.
Each bag came with seven pages with a clear plastic window, zippered pocket on the outside for additional storage, and two more zippered mesh compartments on the inside. I keep diamond files, extra leader material and spare hooks each in bag.
This is the bluegill bag, and if you have been buying lately, you know that even the smallest ice jigs can cost you more than a few bucks. The foam inserts help hold the jigs in place, and protects them from bouncing around. In other words, no more paint jigs at the bottom of your Plano boxes. Each “page” in the book is by first brand and then style if need be.
Next up is the crappie bag. The nice thing about this way to organize your jigs is that they actually overlap in their use. There are times when bluegill jigs will catch more crappie, and times when the crappie jigs will catch more perch. It becomes a very versatile way to keep things organized. In this case I do have a couple of fly boxes in the picture, but they are actually for true flies that I use for dropping down the holes. Weighted or dry, they have thier place under the ice while putting more fish on the right side of the hole.
Last of all are the perch jigs, this is an expanded organizational method. I have a small Plano tool box to go with the bag, that also stores the 3500 trays and four more small jig boxes. I just don’t use them for jigs, they are my perch and crappie spoons, Jigging Raps, Chubby Darters, Northland Airplanes and small Nils Jiggers.
That’s the panfish jig arsenal, safe and protected, as well, as organized!