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How many times has the question been asked in this magazine. “What is the best way to carry bass plugs?” There is always something new to be tried out, or your friend tells you of a bait which was the only thing “they” would look at on a certain lake. Of course, you bay one to add to the collection and then wonder where you are going to put it. I used to carry mine around packed in their original boxes in a small leather grip.

Usually the bait I wanted was at the very bottom, and more than once I would find that it had come out of the box and mingled lovingly with several others that were rattling around loose. So I decided that it was about time to figure out some better method. I picked up a small leather case which had been discarded by a traveling salesman and started with that as my base. The outside dimensions were 12 3/4x9x3 inches. From a tin shop bought some sheet zinc, the cost. by the way, being thirty cents.

A wood block or form was made to fit the case and the zinc shaped over it to make the lining. The corners were soldered and the zinc box then fitted snugly into the case with two rivets to hold it on each side. The form or block was then planed a little on the sides and ends and the tray made over it. In the tray I lapped the corners and turned back the edges so as to make it stronger and leave no sharp edges.

Then came the partitions. In the tray the compartments were holds eleven baits, each in its own place and everyone in sight. The lower part has wider compartments and holds extra baits, leaders, snelled hooks, a pair of pliers small file, spoons, bucktails, extra hooks and spinners for the baits, etc.

As everything fits tight there is no rattling and nothing loose. A set of brass corners cost 40c more, and with a couple of coats of spar varnish I have the handiest combination tackle and bait box for less than $1.00 and all the fun of planning and making it. The zinc is light in weight and will not rust. Solder runs very easily and smoothly on it. All rough or sharp edges can be taken off with a file. The brass corners are riveted to the zinc on the bottom of the case and on the cover they are just nailed with small brass brads and clinched on the inside.

As the case itself was only 4-in. wood the zinc lining has made the whole thing exceptionally strong and it can stand some hard knocks. Of course, you can’t put it in your pocket, but it takes up very little room.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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