How To Store Soft Plastics To AVOID Them Melting Together
Have you ever reached into your tackle bag to grab a soft plastic lure just to find that it was melted to another one?
It’s an unfortunate, but common event that soft plastics melt together, but here’s the good news:
It’s totally preventable!
All you need to do is store them correctly.
What makes this a little more difficult is that there are several types of material these lures are made of, so in this video, I’ll show you how to properly store each type of soft plastic, plus some other tips on keeping your lures in good shape.
Check it out below.
How To Store Soft Plastic Fishing Lures [VIDEO]
Before we get into the three types of soft plastic lure material, here are some general tips to help you keep your lures like new:
- Don’t store soft plastics in direct sunlight
- Keep them in their original packaging
- Avoid storing them in tackle trays (depending on the tray material, it may melt with the lure)
- Put an oil-based fish attractant like menhaden oil or Pro-Cure in the bag to keep the lures slimy (dried out lures can become deformed)
- Use a worm binder to save space and keep lures organized
The tips above are best practices for any type of lure, but now let’s get into some specifics.
Storing Plastisol Lures
Plastisol is what your standard soft plastic lure is made out of.
These lures are ok to store together, as long as the colors are the same because the colors will bleed together.
For instance, if you have several packs of Slam Shadys, you can store them in one big bag, but you wouldn’t want to store the Slam Shady and Alabama Leprechauns together.
Storing TPE Lures
TPE, or thermoplastic elastomer, is a very tough material that some of the higher-end soft plastics are made out of.
Brands that use TPE include:
With these lures, you don’t want them touching any other lures, no matter what they’re made of because they will melt together.
That includes other lures made from TPE.
To keep these lures in good shape, keep them stored individually.
And the best way I’ve found to do that is to keep them in their original packaging.
Storing Z-Man ElaZtech Lures
Z-Man lures are made of the really stretchy and durable ElaZtech.
They’re similar to plastisol lures in that they can be stored with other lures made of ElaZtech.
Also, the colors will bleed, so keep them stored with lures of the same color.
And finally, don’t mix them with any other type of soft plastic lure because they will melt together.
If you don’t store your soft plastic lures correctly, they could easily melt.
The easiest way to remember to store them correctly is to just keep them in their original packaging.
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Or any other tips to keep them safe?
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