Never Store These Lures Together [Important Lure Storage Tip]
This quick fishing tip will show you which soft plastic lures to never store together in order to make sure none of your equipment gets needlessly ruined while in storage.
The good news is that the lure storage mistake is very easy to avoid. So the risk of any of your lures getting ruined will be extremely low by following the simple recommendations explained in the video below.
Note: Just two lures are featured in this lesson, but it applies to all soft plastics so make sure to watch even if you haven’t yet tried the two lures featured above.
Never Store These Lures Together
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Featured Lures In This Video:
Melted Lures Example
Make sure to never store different soft plastics together especially if they are made from different materials because they may end up getting completely ruined.
The way to guarantee that none of your lures have a chemical reaction with one another is to simply keep them stored in the baggy or box that they were sold in.
This easy tip will ensure that they are always kept together and out of harm’s way.
Please use the Comments section below to let us know of any brands, in particular, you have had melting issues with.
And as always, please do not hesitate to use the Comments section to ask any questions… we’ll be happy to help answer whatever is on your mind.
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Can you use plastic baggies like ziplock to store brand specific plastics. What about hard plastic tackle storage boxes. Will the soft plastics react with the hard plastic
Yes, you can use ziplocks and hard tackle trays without much risk of melting… just make sure to not store different soft plastics together.
Looks like Otis knows what to do!
Excellent advice as always. I also liked the 11 for1 pack for a handy variety easy to take on on yak or in my fishing bandolier when wading.
Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Oliver!
The 11 for 1 was a bit of a light bulb moment for me when a variety of the Salt Strong lures arrived in the same package. I set up a couple of these; one is in my wade fishing setup and the other I take in my kayak. I can grab the one package and switch lures while I find out (hopefully) what the fish are interested in. I have full packages of the reliables available but don’t have to look through all of them to make a quick change.
Glad to see that you participated in the 11 lures for 1 cent special promo!
Now you tell me after I wasted a lot of money
So sorry to see that some of your lures got ruined… I feel your pain because it has happened to me on several occasions.
The recommendation to store in the packaging they came in is practical for traditional soft plastics in baggies, but not so much for things like Chasebaits, Savage crabs etc. We all have boxes, trays and bags that organize our lures and adding bulky packaging just isn’t very efficient. 2 questions: Is it as simple as going by TPE or not? All TPE can touch and all non-TPE can touch? Second question is about the trays — are all of the new ones OK for all storage? It used to be that Zman would react badly with the plastic of the tray itself, but that seems to have been (at least mostly) fixed now.
I would not run the risk of storing the expensive chasebaits/savage gear crabs with anything else… for those lures, I store them (only with other crabs from the same make/model) in their own compartment in a waterproof Plano tray and I have not had any issues from doing so.
I don’t know of any TPE plastic that reacts with today’s tackle trays.
ElaZtech is partially TPE, and Z-Man’s proprietary formula. It’s a hybrid material that is 80% oil and 20% styrenic block copolymer (TPE) + a small amount of heat-resistance additives. So mixing various TPE baits together seems questionable to me – – might work on some, not on others. Z-Man will enter into licensing agreements with other companies so ElaZtech lures carry their own brand label. So if you see ElaZtech on the packaging, those should be safe to commingle with Z-man plastics. Strike King with their Redfish Magic Zulu, Redfish Magic Glass Minnow, and 3X Zero Sinking Stick worms are examples.
I stored two bait busters in the Plano 3700 series box, and they wrapped the grey sides of the row they were in.
So sorry to see that.
I have the Power Prawns in a tackle tray and they melted together…
Interesting! That’s the only soft plastic lure that I haven’t had melt (even after purposely leaving it exposed to direct FL sunlight in the summer for several days in a row on a plastic table).
Did you have any other lures in the tray with the Power Prawns?
Did you happen to take a picture of it? If yes, please send it to Luke@saltstrong.com so I can try to figure out how it happened.
Will do. They were in with just Power Prawns, large and small
All the slam shady stuff Saltstrong sent me melted together into a big glob of nothing. It would be nice if I hadn’t seen this video a month after joining… thanks Salstrong…NOT
Are ZMann lures and Brazilian Power Prawns made of the same material?
No. The Power Prawns from Brazil are made from a denser material compared to the Zman lures. I’m not sure if they react with each other or not because I have never stored them together. But it’s not worth the risk so I recommend storing them separately to be on the safe side.
I was well aware of this problem of incompatible plastics. I have globs of experience.
Sorry to see that you learned this lesson the expensive way like I did.
I thought all z-man plastics could be stored together?
Yes, the zman plastics can be stored together. But the two slam shady paddletails shown in this video are not both from Zman, so they shouldn’t be stored together.
Whenever in doubt, it’s best to just keep them stored in the individual packaging that they came in to make sure no lures get ruined while in storage.
Always good to remember! Great video!
Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Richard!