Fishing Tackle Box Labels: A Guppy of a Guide

Old fashioned metal tackle box. Tackle includes red and white bobbers, fishing hooks, rubber lures, metal fish stringer.

By: Naomi J. Myrick, Staff Writer

Goin’ fishin’? Whether you’re angling for a walleye, or a solo afternoon of calm casting, an organized tackle box makes fishing a heck-of-a-lot easier. And while it doesn’t guarantee you-catch-any, it can make ya feel better than you tried.

In this guide, I’ll explain how to make custom labels and also teach ya:

  • How personalized labeling will help you keep track of your stuff

  • Graphics and material tips

  • Good ole’ fashioned Minnesotan Organizational ideas (don’t cha  know)

Chapter One: Lure Labeling 101

Large question mark shape lit up with interior light bulbs on black metal background.

Instead of just slapping labels onto every smooth, non-porous plastic surface (wink) in your fishing toolbox, be strategic! For starters, fishing lures, bobbers, and fishing line are the essentials, so label these compartments right away.  

Oh ya! Remember to make a label for the special compartment where you keep your nail clippers & pliers. Those items will eventually go “missing” just like socks in the dryer.

You can also print a custom fish measurement label for the side of your boat. Then you can produce evidence of the length of your catch, you know, for story time (it was THIS big). Now that you have a list of tools to label, you can start thinking of fishy and aquatic label designs.

Chapter Two: Personalized graphics let people know whose spoons belong to whom

Colorful fishing lures including spinners, rapalas and tailed jigs  on a wood table.

You can easily personalize your labels. Use our online design tool to upload an aquatic design or choose some fun fin clip art. Your tackle box is like a picnic basket of tools. Customize it to fit your habits and needs.  

This is important in the event of group fishing trips and the very rare occasion you lend out gear to buddies and pals. 

The skinny? Labels can help ensure that you'll get your stuff back!

Chapter Three: Finishing and material options

Middle-aged man in camo shirt and hat and blue jeans fly fishing in a river.

You can choose from two material options: removable and permanent. You may eventually want to reorganize your tackle or rearrange containers. So, we recommend the removable options for this activity. Either the permanent or removable options are available in a gloss or matte finish. 

The matte laminate may be easier to see on a sunny lake, while the gloss option may be easier to see in lower light situations, like inside of your boat house — or ice house. 

Chapter Four: How to organize your tackle box

Old fashioned tackle box full and messy with different kinds of insect fishing lures.

This is a sacred activity. As a Minnesotan, I totally get it. I merely offer some neighborly organizational suggestions— I swear to the Fishing gods and Lady of the Lake herself. 

Anywho, organization always boils down to practicality’s sake — and a favorite or two from Grandpa.

So ask yourself:

  1. What do you use the most?
  2. Are you a bobber fiend, do ya need extras?
  3. Do you fish trophies or just panfish for supper?

Your toolbox is beholden to your angling habits. So often, the “kitchen sink” mentality is employed in situations where less is more. Be that as it may, listen to your heart and the cool lapping lakeshore, and you’ll be just fine.

Catchin' any? You betcha! Order your labels today!