Plano Elite Spin/Buzzbait Organizer - 3707-05
Best Spinner/Buzz Bait Organizer
I love this box and how well it organizes the spinners that I have, albeit after I figured it out. Now the most common complaint that you read here is about getting these to fit into the retainer system correctly and the big thing is to stay locked in place and not come free. Initially I had the same problem, I tried to lock them in and they would come loose very quickly or after a little jostling around. If you think you have it figured out grab your box and hold it vertically and shake it up and down quickly. If they are all over the place or start to come loose you haven't placed them in correctly. You should be able to shake this box up and down vertically and horizontally and nothing should really come loose. There are no instructions on how to get these to fit and many of the pictures really obscure how to get them in correctly. I had this problem until I figured it out by watching a video on the old Falcon FTO jig cases they produced a few years ago.
Once I saw the video and saw how the jigs fit into that particular system I realized the mistake I was making when I saw how those jigs were placed into that organizer. To lock the spinner baits in you need to position the weighted head of the spinner bait just past the plastic latching arm that has the indention's in it to secure the wire. The best way to do this is by starting out like another reviewer states, grab the skirt collar with your left hand and pull it back towards the hook point so it doesn't go beyond the head, This protects the skirt and allows you to have full visual of the head. Now place that head down into the slot where it will go and you will feel the head of the spinner bait lock in. Once you have that locked in keep pressure on the spinner head and pull the wire arm back tightly until you can snap it into place in one of the indentation's in the plastic retaining arms. Be careful not to stick your thumb or finger into the hook because it will require pressure and if the wire snaps back the hook point can come forward. You will need to put a lot of pressure on the wire to have it bend back. The stiffer the wire the greater pressure required to secure the wire. Now I use a lot of titanium spinners and buzz's so its no issue bending the wire but those using heavy gauge steel wire and using heavy spinners may fear bending them too far. I haven't had any issues with those spinners and those only need the normal required tuning one does. They will not bend them out of tune, unless the spinner is too big and by that point you should know it doesn't belong in the box.
Those of you that are having issues securing your spinner baits these might be the instructions you needed. Also take a look at some of the few videos on you tube that goes over some of the older Falcon FTO boxes and you might see it clearly like I did.
Now the issues pertaining to buzz baits and the blades is true, the more blades you have the less likely it will fit, especially if you try to force in multiple buzz baits with these 3 or 4 prop style blades. You have to separate these baits further apart and it reduces your total storing capacity for the rest of your buzz baits. Now I have been able to get a few muli-prop baits in but they can break if they are made of plastic as they will make contact with the top of the box. Also if your spinner bait has a large weighted head it likely will not fit. I have a few 1oz spinner baits like stanley wedges that fit but others didn't. most tiny spinner baits for crappies with small frames will not stay put but i have a few that can that have slightly longer wire frames arms.
My solution to organizing my total collection is to purchase another one of these and take out the buzz bait latching insert and swap it out and create a dedicated buzzbait box and spinner box. When this thing is chuck full and staked one after the other it can be hard to distinguish each individual bait. Its better for those who want to grab baits quickly if you fill the box half full. Each bait is separated from the next bait and your less likely to get hooked when grabbing one quickly. You can also see the individual skirts easier by limiting the amount of spinner baits you put in. If you got a lot of spinners in the weight range of 1/4 to 3/4 oz you shouldn't have an issue getting them in if they have a normal sized frame. If you got more than 15 buzzbaits and 30 spinnerbaits do what I'm doing and get 2 of these boxes and swap out the inserts to create a specific buzz and spinner box that is easily accessible.
hope this helps
January 11, 2014
Love this box, only reason for me to give only a 4 star its that sometime skirt got tanle under other spinnerbait, but i can live with that lolll
September 13, 2013
This is junk .Bigger Spinner Baits work until you close the lid . I love the 3 blade Strike King Buzz Baits with 3 blades won't work has 2 be 2 blade 2 work .
July 19, 2013
love this box .. holds all my spinners and buzzbaits perfectly . only took 3 seconds to figure out how to install them properly . the only thing I didn't like much was the trays don't snap down . sometimes on the bigger spinnerbaits they are alittle tight and when you pull them up the tray could come loose . but I gave it 5 stars because its the best box on the market that fits in 3700 bags . and my baits do NOT fall out . love it ,,, thnx plano
June 18, 2013