Best Tackle Backpacks Reviewed
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The first thing you need to decide is how big of a backpack you want. The size it is from top to bottom will almost always be the same, no matter which backpack you choose. However, what is different is how deep your backpack can be. There are some that are not very deep, which means you will not be able to carry many items at once. If you are only going out for a couple of hours, then this kind of bag might work for you, as you will not need to have a lot of items. However, if you are going out for a longer period of time, you will want to have a deeper backpack. The deeper backpack will ensure you have enough room to store as many different items that you need so you can enjoy your fishing trip without having to worry about running out of any particular items.
Another item to consider which will determine the longevity of your bag is the type of material the bag is made out. If you are going with lightweight fishing back, you want to ensure the backpack is not made from a flimsy material which could easily tear. Not only do you need to make sure the outside shell of the backpack is made from a strong material, but you also need to make sure that all of the pockets are comprised of the same durable material. You could have a backpack which is very strong on the outside, but if there are holes all along the inside of the bag, then it defeats the purpose of having multiple pockets so you can separate out the necessary items you need for your fishing trip.
In addition, if you go with a larger and heavier backpack, just because it weighs more does not mean the material is more durable. When you look at the material on the backpack, you need to mentally figure out how well it would survive a cut from a knife. If the material looks like Swiss cheese, then that backpack is not the right one for your fishing trip. However, if it looks like it could be trampled on and still survive, then that would be your best bet on finding a durable fishing bag.
The next element you should consider is the waterproofing ability of the bag. Because you are going to out fishing, more than likely you will be doing this from a boat. Even if you typically fish from ashore, there is still a good chance your backpack will get wet, even if it is incidental. Most items you will be used for fishing purposes are intended to be wet or get wet; however, if you are carrying non-fishing items with you on your trip, you will want to make sure they are safe and secure. If there is any chance of the backpack getting wet, then you need to know if that backpack is fully waterproof or not. And once again, even if the outer shell of the backpack is, you still need to make sure the inner pockets and linings are as well, as there will always be a chance that the backpack will be open while you are fishing, which will allow water to penetrate into the bag. You just need to think thru how often things within the boat or the shore get wet and make a determination on how waterproof of a backpack you will need for your future trips.
The next thing you will need to consider is how many pockets it comes with, along with the size of the pockets. You might have a very deep backpack, but if the pockets on the bag are all very small, it will actually defeat the purpose of having a deep backpack. The same is actually true if you don’t have enough pockets; imagine if you had a deeper backpack, but only had one pocket. This would mean that you would have to stuff everything into that one big pocket, which will make your bad cluttered and hard to navigate thru. Ideally, you will want between 6-8 pockets on your backpack, each of varying size, so you can store the variety of items you have for your fishing trip and have the right spot for each item.
Along with the pockets, you will want your backpack to have some area which has loops and hooks on it as well. These loops and hooks will allow you to store some items on the outside of the bag which might not fit well within the pockets, and will also allow you to access them easier for when you need them. These items could be a knife, pliers, extra hooks, etc. How you use them will be completely up to you, but you should have them available for you, as you will figure out the right way to stock your bag to make it work for you, and the more options you have, the better the bag will be at meeting your needs and the longer you should be able to keep the backpack.
Top 10 Picks
1. Wild River by CLC Lighted Backpack
This large backpack has eight different pockets, all of which are different sizes and shapes to allow you to store a variety of items for your trip.Read more
The main pocket on the backpack actually opens up to the front and is large enough to carry 4 medium size trays. Along with the pockets, there are various loops and straps so you can carry even more items in an area that is easy to access. The backpack also comes with an LED lighted system, so you can easily fish from dusk until dawn if you desire. The top pocket on the backpack is a protective sunglass holder, so you can easily store your sunglasses while also feeling very secure in knowing they will stay safe. The shoulder straps along the backpack are fully adjustable and padded very heavily so your shoulders and back will not get sore from wearing the backpack for long periods of time.
2. Piscifun Sports Shoulder Bag
Available in seven different colors, this sling bag from Piscifun is made from a Waterproof Nylon 1000D material.Read more
The shoulder strap is fully adjustable and has an ergonomic design so you can be assured your shoulder and back will not be sore after a long day of wearing it. There are four different pockets, all with a zipper enclosure, which is comprised of different sizes and shapes. A couple of the pockets have either a mesh design or some loops on the front of them for you to clip items onto the outside of the pocket.
3. Fiblink Waterproof
There are four different pockets on this single shoulder strap backpack, which allows you to carry a variety of items with you.Read more
All of the pockets are zipper enclosed, allowing you to keep the items safe and protected from the assortment of weather elements you may run into. The shoulder strap is fully adjustable and is padded in a way that allows you to carry it either along the left or right shoulder. The outer shell is comprised of a tightly woven nylon material, which will help repel any water from entering the backpack. There is also a side pocket which will hold a water bottle, so you can easily take it in and out when needed.
4. Wild River CLC WT3605 XP
This large backpack has a three-level pocket system to allow you to store items and accessories in the right place for you.Read more
The main storage pocket is big enough to store up to four medium size trays, which means you can store as many different items as you need in an organized and efficient manner. Not only will this backpack store a large assortment of items for you, but it has a rechargeable USB power supply, allowing you to power a variety of portable objects to ensure they don’t run out of power. There are also four power adapters as well, which will allow you to charge a large assortment of different items. The backpack can be powered by either plugging it into an outlet, or you can use a small solar panel, which is optional, so you can power the bag while out in nature.
5. Wild River by CLC WT3503
This backpack comes with seven pockets, each of which has a zipper enclosure to help keep the pockets airtight and protected from the weather environment.Read more
The main storage compartment can store up to four different trays (3500 model), or two of the larger tray styles (3600 model). Two of the pockets have a mesh exterior, allowing you to clip different items onto the bag so you can have different items stored where you need it. There are also a variety of different loops and storage bangs as well, so you can place tools exactly where you prefer for each access. This bag also comes with an LED system which is fully integrated, so you can fish while the sun is up, or while the moon is out.
6. Madbite Slingback
As a single shoulder fishing backpack, this style will allow you to easily switch which shoulder you are carrying the backpack on while using the fully adjustable shoulder strap.Read more
This backpack is available in two colors and has four different pockets which have zipper enclosures. The front pocket has a mesh design, so you can clip different items onto it as needed. The backpack is ergonomically designed and is made from a canvas design which is fully waterproof to help protect the items which are stored inside. There are numerous extra loops, hooks, and straps so you can store a variety of different items in places where you can reach them when needed.
7. Shimano Blackmoon
This large backpack has a front pocket which can store four medium size trays within it, so you can make sure you have the bait and tackle you need at any time to catch any fish.Read more
There are also two large size pockets which are fully zippered and can lay down flat so you can store a large assortment of different items within the full-size side pockets. This backpack has two shoulder straps, which are adjustable to meet the needs of your body type. Some of the pockets are dual zippered, which makes it more convenient to open the pockets as needed. There is a carrying strap along the top of the backpack as well, which will allow you to move the backpack easily when you don’t want to carry it by the shoulder straps.
8. Spiderweb Black Sling
Coming with a single shoulder strap, this very compact backpack has five different pockets of varying sizes and shapes to allow you to store different items in a manner that is most convenient for you and your needs.Read more
The outer shell is made from a polyester material, which will wick water away from the bag and help keep the items safe and secure from the weather elements. The largest pocket has the capability of holding one medium size tray, which this bag comes equipped with already. The single shoulder strap is fully padded and adjustable and can be worn on either your left or right shoulder. The very top pocket is fully padded and is a great place for you to store your sunglasses.
9. Wild River by CLC WN3605
This very large backpack has eight different pockets which are of varying sizes and shapes, so you can store an assortment of items within this backpack.Read more
The largest pocket can house up to (2) 3600 large trays or (4) 3500 medium size trays, which are not included. This bag also has a power supply system which can be charged by plugging the bag into an outlet. This power system will allow you to charge your portable electronic device by using the four different power adapter tips which are included. The power supply can also be charged with an optional solar panel, so you can keep the power supply charged while out in the sun all day. The bag also comes with a separate LED light system, so you can fish at whatever time of the day is best for you.
10. Fishing Tackle Shoulder Bag
Available in three different colors, this single shoulder strap backpack comes with four pockets of different sizes and shapes so you can store a variety of different items within the backpack.Read more
The shoulder strap can be worn on either shoulder and is comfortable due to the padding along the strap. This strap also comes with a lock which secures in place so the bag doesn’t continue to shift on you while you are wearing it. There are numerous hooks and stretchable loops so you can store smaller items along the outside of the bag so you can gain easy access to them as you need.