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I just like some thoughts on tackle boxes or rucksacks to carry your tackle in. I have a box at the moment but I’m planning a lot of fishing in the near future and will be getting there mostly on my bike (help lose some weight well that’s what I telling her in doors). So my question is do any of you out use a rucksacks and if so which one and what size is and how much did you pay for it and where did you buy it from? and if you can get a CANTILEVER tackle box inside it? Or do I keep the box and take the car? where i want to fish is accessable by car and bike.
Any ideas?
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I have the Imax 30 litre and I'd say that plenty big enough if you're on a bike! The bag is well made and well thought out - it even has a flasksized pocket and a rainproof cover! Can't think of a better one for what you describe! As for stuff inside a couple of tupperware/ice cream tubs will be fine and leave plenty of room for reels and other stuff!
 

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I use the Titan Matchmans rucksack which is plenty big enough for a sessions worth of gear- it hasnt let me down robustness wise but I dont find it the most comfortable of rucksacks as its not that steady on the back. I wouldnt fancy doing any long hikes using it as it doesnt spread a heavier load very well. Its not that easy to organise gear tidily in either but that could be just me being disorganised. I wish I'd got a box to be honest but I guess if you're biking it has to be a rucksack.

So I think what I'm saying(waffling on about) is - the Titans ok if you're not planning on carryng heavy loads but I'd personally go for something else.
 

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But if your doing some spinning or you are going to try more adventurous areas i would say rucksack. 9 times out of ten i use my breakaway conversion beta box. Stores everything you will need (probably too much actually), and you can keep anything you want left dry inside. Oh and you can sit on it :)
 
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why not try the beackaway backrest conversion? just my opinion
I don't think it would be suitable on a bike where you have to lean forward - you really need something like a rucksack that has a lap belt as well as shoulder harnesses.
 
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why not try the beackaway backrest conversion? just my opinion
I don't think it would be suitable on a bike where you have to lean forward - you really need something like a rucksack that has a lap belt as well as shoulder harnesses. Although I agree a box for non cycling trips!
 

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i have the 30ltr imax bag (new purchase) and think it's great if you've got a walk (or a ride) of anything over about 1/4 mile, if you can park up i'd stick to my shakespear box,

trouble with boxes is that you can never travel light, EVERYTHING gets put in there, for ALL eventualities !! i recently took out over 5lb of leads that i didn't need for a calm weather session, then put 2lb back in incase of a strong tide or wind !

the rucksack feels very secure, and if cycling then it's the only way to go, a box could easily swing around and drag you off the bike or into a hedge (speaking from boyhood experience here !),

also have a think on how you'll carry the rods, i use a quiver, but it doesnt sit happily over the rucksack, so perhaps knock something up on the frame to hold the rods.
 

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Some seem to like carrying loads of stuff and I don't like the boxes they are too heavy in themselves.
I get all the float and spinning gear plus bait, reel, spare spools, line and bit's and pieces easily into a black shoulder bag that's about 12 by 10 by 6 ins. Came from a bag store on a market. Made sure it had a good wide strap.
For beach fishing I use a trout shoulder bag. Pockets for everything and can be loaded with so much gear it gets very very heavy so if I need to carry that much I switch to a rucksack. It's an angling one but if I bought another I would get the walking/climbing type with a frame.

If I'm fishing out of the car I just take a fold out tackle box. Askari do a useful strong one for a very reasonable amount of money.

It's easy to find a light weight seat too but I usually stand.

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I know it may look a bit muggy, but how about some panniers on your bike, would be able to get most of your junk in there and then just bungy your box on top?
If you want a good pack, get an ex army 95 pattern bergan, will outlast all the fancy ones in the shops, we used to hang em out in all weather, chuck them out of choppers and generally abuse them, never saw one break!
 

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For rock marks i use a either a 25ltr Berghaus day pack or a Karrimor 55ltr if lugging loads of line, lead, spare reels, bait around with me. The ones built for the purpose of hiking and climbing i find have better quality straps and are more comfortable to use as they provide greater support to the lower back. For just a few hours spinning or jellying from the rocks i use a Titan waist utility belt which fits everything i need in. if i fish on a pier or a beach mark i take a Shakespeare team box with me so i can fit loads of gear in, with the added bonus of it also being a seat. On a few occasions i have thought about using my Milo Tardis or Matchbox coarse fishing tackle boxes. The legsystems, footplates and adaptor arms would make fishing more comfortable, the only issue i can see is how they would last in a salt water environment. however i do have an article in Sea Angler where an old boy is pole fishing in a creek for sat on a Boss tackle box, food for thought there!
 
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the new anyfish back pack system has waist straps for extra support plus all that padding you should be able to get away with that on push bike
 

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I use my bike to travel to marks whenever possible. A box isn't really worth considering for the reasons given in other posts on this thread. I found it frustrating trying to find an ideal rucksack. For riding purposes an Imax 30 litre rucksack would be ideal as they sit close to the back. However, I use a Titan matchman's rucksack which I find a good compromise between a rucksack and a box. Mine has a cool pocket at the front for bait and two side pockets. I find this plenty adequate for the average beach or pier session. If you're riding at night either get a brighly coloured one or fix reflective strips to it. Tutan currently have a sale on and at around £15 it's a bargain. For riding panniers are the best as they keep the centre of gravity quite low.

I find 3 and 4-piece rods very convenient for carrying on a bike along with a telecopic tripod when it's needed.

The only problem is where to put with the 20lb cod!

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John
 

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Hi there,

I use my bike all the time to get to remote fishing areas. I get all my gear in a small Tesco Rucksack. It was on special offer, maybe £5. The really good thing about it is that it is small, ensuring:

1 - I don't take the whole house with me!

2 - I clean and sort the thing out periodically!

This works well! A problem is with the rods and tripod, kept in a ski bag - damn thing is too long and gets in the way, so I plan to buy an old ladies bike - should rather suit me I think:) Actually much more practical, can barely mount my sports bike with the rods over the shoulder. Perhaps I can find 3 piece rods that work well?

My other half comes with me too on her bike, works very well - I have a gr8 excuse to buy all sorts of new gear! Actually she really enjoys it & makes fishing 2 rods manageable!
 

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Theres a good reason men don't ride womens bikes! I just would not want to fall forwards:(
Bassic m8 - dunno, but I think you got that one wrong - anyhow, the last time I had to get off in a hurry and landed on the crossbar I said to myself, 'Hmmmm Neil, (for 'tis my name), I think I'll get myself a ladies bike' - just before collapsing in a heap, screaming for 15 minutes!
 

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Good point, i never thought of that before. I suppose its further to fall, but less chance of making contact. Also i think a pink or purple bike would look rather kewl, its a must have for all the gluebags around my way. Is it just me, or does anybody seem to have noticed that chavs ride little girls bikes? Yes with a bell and a basket i think you would be the envy of all the anglers on the pier Neil mate!:)
 

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Good point, i never thought of that before. I suppose its further to fall, but less chance of making contact. Also i think a pink or purple bike would look rather kewl, its a must have for all the gluebags around my way. Is it just me, or does anybody seem to have noticed that chavs ride little girls bikes? Yes with a bell and a basket i think you would be the envy of all the anglers on the pier Neil mate!:)
Bell & basket, good point m8 - I'd forgotten those:)

Don't know whether chavs ride girls bikes or not, but I do know old fishermen with dodgy hips don't give a lying luck what people think of them on bikes with no crossbars bassic m8:bicycle:
 

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As a very experienced cyclist and sea angler one thing I have learnt is a rucksack unballances a bike and leaves a big sweaty patch on your back. I use panniers, they keep the centre of gravity lower and make falling off less likely. By the way one big problem with a ladies bike, no crossbar to tie your rod to, add to this the fact that ladies frames without a crossbar are significantly weaker than a bike with a crossbar, use a good quality bike with a crossbar.
 
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