Plano 3630 Prolatch Carrier: Keep Those Lures Dry
Written: Jul 7, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Durable, Good for backpacking fishing, Cheap
Cons:Heat issues, Dividers do not hold a lot of weight
The Bottom Line: Keep your weights, lures, and other gear ready in your Plano 3630 Prolatch container.
Usually when I go fishing, I break out the tackle box. However, for quick trips, or when I'm just going down the street, often I'll throw my Plano Prolatch 3630 in my beat up backpack. A fishing pole, some lures in here, and a few hooks can make all the difference when out by the lake. This carrier is meant for huge tackle boxes, or how I carry them. A lot of folks use this as a supplemental way to carry even more gear, but I like it as a "go pack" of sorts. It easily holds what I need, and no more than that, as I like its lightweight and versatility.
First of all, this is 11"x7"x3" in size. This allows it to go into my backpack, with room for other gear that I carry. The adjustable dividers are made of cheap plastic, and are my only real area of concern. You can move these to fit whatever gear you have, whether that be hooks, weights, or lures. These are a bit on the flimsy side, and I do not think this is a long term solution for any angler. Be careful with how much weight you put in each compartment, or you might have the dividers broken, and a mess on your hands. That can be a pain, if you know what its like to grab those small clamp on types of weights.
Another issue, is that this is clear plastic. On hot days, expect your gear to heat up. The weights and certain lures, can generate surprising warmth in no time, and this can dull the color of some of those artificial fish and worms. Keep this in the shade if possible. I do like the latches. These are made of durable plastic, and you will know when they shut. There is a loud snapping noise, leaving no doubt in your mind, that it has been secured. I have dropped this several times, and have been surprised, that the case did not come falling apart. It is waterproof, and I've had mine for over a year now. There is minimal scuffing.
For $8, this has been a pretty good value. Sure, its nothing special, but its been helpful for short fishing trips. I plan on purchasing more ,as my lure and weight collection grows later this fall. If you were guessing Largemouth Bass season in Virginia, you are correct. You can find these at sporting good stores, or through on line retailers. I think its a good addition to any bag, and especially for "fishermen on the go." It saves you time, and you can pack away a decent amount of fishing supplies, into just one of these containers. Will it be confused with a tackle box? No, of course not. However, its the next best thing.
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