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Simple Lure and Bait Holders

Randy from Elk City, Idaho, put together this well illustrated article on useful additions to your pack basket.  Randy is a professional hunting guide and trapper who spends a lot of time in the field.  Thanks, Randy, for sharing your insights! 

Packbasket or pail, these holders are affordable, convenient and usually nearby. All can be found by making a short trip to Lowes or Home Depot.
Lure Holder Tip #1). A light, two pocket nail apron can be purchased for less than a couple of bucks. First I cut off the two strings that tie around your waist. Then I cut the two pockets separately (if you desire more pouches than two, then do not cut these, but just purchase another apron). When these two pockets are separated, you will have to sew/stitch one side of each pouch. After doing so, make two 2" slices (smaller/larger depending on the web belt on your basket or pail), opposite each other on both pouches. Leave at least a half inch of apron above these cuts. A comparison would be that of a knife sheath for your belt loop. Before threading your belt through these slices, I like to turn the "Home Depot / Lowes" imprinted logo within the pouch rather then let it be seen. The photos show the belt threaded through the pouches. Keeping pouches opposite each other on the packbasket, distributes any weight proportionately. Simple, useful & effective.

Lure Holder Tip #2). The larger bucket tool apron is a true welcome. A bit more spendy than the waist apron, however the multiple pockets make it very attractive and practical. So simple, "Even A Cave Man Could" insert this apron into a bucket. Here is an option I adapted for using this apron on a bucket or basket. Obviously the inside diameter of a 20" packbasket or larger could accommodate a 5 gallon pail, making this apron somewhat very small. Similar to the prior waist lure holder example, I will remove the inside portion of the bucket apron totally. So as not to interfere with the handles of the original bucket, the manufacture provided two gaps in this apron. It is here I cut this apron in two. Again I make the same type of slices as with the two pouch nail apron. The only exception is that because these are larger pouches, weaving in and out of multiple slices (generally 6 cuts per lg. pouch is advised) prevent the pouch from sagging. One note: if I use this apron for which it is intended for (a 5 gal. bucket), I prefer to remove all pockets within the bucket from their stitching. This is to avoid any unnecessary hang ups with traps and/or equipment. Speaking as a trapper and a carpenter, one cannot have too many pockets.

Lure Holder Tip #3). Now if you are any kind of a carpenter, you are no doubt without a carpenter's tool belt when working. Here is the perfect lure/bait holder. Best thing is with this, it requires no modification. On the other hand, some can be expensive if you do not already own one. They come in all sizes, even those without belts. These have the slits in them for the purpose of a belt. In any case, I truly love this lure holder. Many times over I need a staple, nail, wire pliers, etc. to complete a set. Instead of bringing the entire packbasket to the location, I simply unbuckle the belt from the basket, put it around my waist and I am off creating a set with minimal effort & time. Everything is within hand's reach. Time is money on any trapline. No matter what gadget works for you, the important thing is that it makes trapping more enjoyable. The belt shown here has two metal holders for carpenter hammers. An added bonus to the trapper. I dislike digging through traps and equipment in search of a hammer or hatchet. With this belt, it is carried on the side of the basket, freeing me up with more space and easy access.

The end result of a good lure pouch:

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