Interchangeable as Legos, Storage Smart Like Plano

Those famous last words spoken from your x-fishing buddy: “No worries man, I’ve got all the tackle we need. Just meet me at the boat landing.” We’ve all been there. You’re looking for an Arkansas shiner pattern 5-inch fluke. He hands you a gnawed-on 7.25-inch mystery plastic in a color unrecognizable to both Sherwin-Williams and Dutch Boy. Hosed. You grimace, bare it, and kick yourself for not listening to the voice that said BYOB – bring your own baits.

Plano feels your pain. As a result, they’ve divined a solution – just like they do for every tackle storage quandary that plagues anglers.

This time, it comes in the form of a no-nonsense storage container developed for traveling with species and technique specific tackle. Plano’s fully interchangeable Flex ’N Go Tackle Satchel is precisely what the on-the-go angler asked for. Standing upright like a briefcase for fishing, the Flex ’N Go features adjustable built-in storage with a deep bin on one side and framework for a pair of swappable and legendary Plano 3600 StowAway boxes on the other – each Stowaway held securely with a flexible strap. (And unlike electronics that guarantee “batteries not included,” the Flex ‘N Go comes with the two interchangeable Stowaway tackle boxes.)

The overlaying philosophy behind Flex ‘N Go is creating an at-a-moment’s-notice tackle kit that’s clear, concise, and loaded for the way you fish. The mainframe can host bread-and-butter tackle for every occasion, while each StowAway is custom stocked and sorted. Ready one with crankbaits for bass; another for catfish; a comprehensive bank fishing kit; and one for fishing off the jetty.

Speaking of jetties, which segue to saltwater, the Flex ‘N Go also comes in a saline-specific version. The Hydro-Flo Flex ‘N Go boasts Plano’s exclusive drainage system meant to keep salt from crystallizing on your valuable lures. The duo of interchangeable Hydro-Flo boxes (included) are riddled with strategically located holes to encourage quick drying in a breathable environment. Rinse the boxes, corrosive salt cascades away, and your tackle is fresh-out-of-the-box for the next adventure.

Plano pro staffer Joe Balog was made for these satchels. A multispecies Great Lakes threat, Balog often finds himself switching species on a dime pending the prevailing bite. “It’s not unusual to bump into a school of walleyes while I’m fishing for smallmouth bass. When in Rome, well, you know… I opt for a StowAway specially loaded for walleyes, strap it in the Flex ‘N Go – then let the games begin.”

Plano puddle-jumper Brian “Bro” Brosdahl knows his way around the bank as well as the boat. Renowned for corralling panfish, secretly, he’s also an inshore demon. Stealthily, he breaks from the Ice Belt to thaw out on Florida’s Atlantic coast, where he hounds everything from permit with sand fleas to tarpon on topwaters. “Plano’s Flex ‘N Go lets me not only switch-up for my hometown freshwater species, but also ditch the ice fishing jigs for awhile and swap to saltwater terminal tackle, jigs and hardbaits.” (Let’s all promise to keep Bro’s saltwater fetish to a dull roar. Bad for his jackpine savage image, ya’ know.)

The Flex ’N Go Tackle Satchel 1123-00 (freshwater) retails for $24.99, while the oceanic Hydro-Flo Flex ‘N Go 1123-01 inches up to only $29.99, and includes the aerated Hydro-Flo boxes. Both models measure 15.375”L x 11.875”W x 4.875”H.

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