I had a sneaking suspicion that the e-mail I’d received was possibly a generic mailshot to any fishing related blogs so I replied asking if they knew I was UK based and would they still be interested in collaborating in some way. A lovely lady called Claire replied and as I suspected she hadn’t realised I was in the UK but was still keen to send me out a box to review and asked which one I would like. Looking at their website revealed they have a varied range of boxes and subscriptions,
- Tournament Series ($50 per month)
- Bass XL ($25)
- Bass ($15)
- Multi-species ($25)
- Saltwater ($25)
- Crappie, Panfish, Trout ($15)
- Walleye ($25)
- Ice Fishing ($15)
- Fly Fishing ($25)
I decided to go for the Walleye box as I thought it would be suitable for pike fishing in the UK, the box arrived just after Xmas and it was in perfect condition which shows their packaging is spot on.
|My Lucky Tackle Box|
I opened the box and it was very well put together, there was a LTB sticker, a little calendar plus a few promotional bits before I got to the lures themselves, included in my box were three plug type lures, two little spoons, a packet of Mustad hooks for soft plastic baits and two packets of soft baits. Also included was a little sample bottle of Clenzoil (a one-step cleaner, lubricant and rust preventative for reels, tools, engines and other equipment).
|It’s like Xmas!|
|Loads of lures|
Now I don’t profess to know much about lure fishing as it’s something I’ve never done much of (maybe this year I’ll do more!) and I’ve only ever caught one fish on a lure and that was from a lake in Thailand! but the lures certainly look like quality and according to the website you get tackle to the approx value of $40 which is a great deal. A closer look at some of the lures below,
It’s a real eye opener seeing some of the kit they use on the other side of the pond but what I found interesting was that some of the soft baits are stored in a liquid additive and it seems to be something they do a lot of in the States, according to the packaging, one of the spoons has a little jelly lure that is infused with an attractant ‘proven by independent laboratories to be 143% more effective than other leading brands’ so the lure has scent, colour and action. It’s not something I hear much about here, I know we do flavour and colour deadbaits but could we add another level attraction to our lures, something to think about perhaps?
Subscriptions are available for one, three, six and twelve months and looking at the websites online shop, you can also purchase limited edition boxes like the Holiday Gift Box or the Breast Cancer Awareness Box along with LTB clothing, gift cards, rods and lures.
I do think subscription boxes are a great idea and work particularly well with something like lures, there have been similar things based in the UK but they haven’t really worked which I think is down to the vast array of terminal tackle that coarse and match anglers use so with any subscription service there’s a good chance a lot of the stuff you’d receive would never be used. Things like hooks, line and floats are a very personal choice with people having their favourite brands and they can be fiercely loyal to them to the point of not using anything by another firm, but for things like lures and flies, I think these boxes work really well.
There’s loads of other stuff on the website from reviews and blogs to instructional videos and there’s even a loyalty points rewards scheme and a tournament that anglers can get involved in.
I have to say I’ve really enjoyed doing this review because, even though it’s not particularly relevant to the fishing I do or indeed fishing in the UK as a whole, it’s given me a flavour of how massive fishing, and bass fishing in particular, is in the States. I’d love to have a go at it!
*Lucky Tackle Box sent me this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions contained in this post are my own.