One of the most popular participation sports in the world, and in the UK, fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed by both youngsters and older people. It’s all about patience and having the skills to land that prize fish, and like all such pursuits, if you have the right gear you are going to have a more enjoyable and fruitful time.
The basic kit for an average fisherman – or woman, as it’s a sport enjoyed by the female population too – includes the usual rods, reels, line and also a fishing box. The latter is one of the most important of all items of kit, as it is not only used to carry your spares, bait and any other items you might take with you, but often the box doubles as a handy seat.
Some fishing boxes – those at the upper end of the market – can be surprisingly expensive, but it is not necessary to pay absurd amounts for a well-made, quality and practical fishing box. We have looked at the best models for less than £100, and we reckon there will be one among these that is just right for you.
1: TF Gear Deluxe Fishing Seat Box
The first one on our list is this very decent box from the renowned TF Gear brand, who offer a wide variety of such products and other fishing accessories and kit. This is a seat box, and comes with a free cushion seat to the size of 54x38x40cm, and as such is a good buy. It’s made from robust moulded material that is designed to be strong enough to withstand the elements and the wear and tear it will experience, but also to be light enough to transport.
This is a good sized box – measurements are 54x40x38cm, so it offers excellent capacity – and comes with a very strong and secure locking mechanism, so you can be sure it won’t spill open when you are carrying it from place to place. It’s supplied bot just with the cushion seat but also with a sturdy and comfortable carry strap. At the price – and we advise you to take a good look at that – it’s worth including on our list.
Key Features – cushion seat, capacity, 54x40x38cm, lightweight, carry strap
2: Fishingmad Tackle Seat Box
One of the advantages of reviewing fishing kit is that it’s a specialist market, so the makers know what the punters are looking for. This very cheap box is a prime example of that: it’s from Fishingmad, is a neatly made box – again from moulded plastic – and it comes with a wealth of compartments within that make it well worth a look. The 18litre main compartment is more than adequate for anything you want to transport.
The box itself measures 38x38x23cm – not as large as that above but still adequate – and in the lid are a collection of handy lure compartments complete with lids that seal tightly. The tray on top is divided and removable, and the box comes with a neoprene pad for added comfort when seated. With good locking tabs and a carry strap, this box is very cheap, but don’t let that put you off as it does the job.
Key Features – 38x38x23cm, lid compartments, removable tray, sturdy, very cheap
3: Koala Products KS3 System
With this box, from the extensive Koala range, we move into a different league entirely. This is a box for the serious angler, one that will satisfy professional match fishermen, and it’s very impressive indeed. It comes with an aluminium frame with adjustable mud feet so can be used on any terrain, is made from very strong material, and features a deep cushioned seat for added comfort. This box also has a pole retainer for added convenience.
The overall measurements of the box itself are 56x36x36cm, including the leg frame and system, and it features two drawers on the front and one on the side for tackle. Inside is a spacious cavity that is perfect for the storage of reels and bigger kit, and it is easily secured with good locks. It comes with a carry strap too, so you get the benefit of ease of movement, and is a serious piece of fishing gear n every way. It’s also at the top end of our price range, so bear that in mind.
Key Features – 56x36x36cm, aluminium frame, 3 x drawers, pole retainer, rig storage, mud feet
4: Fishingmad Seat Box
Another box from the good people at Fishingmad, and this one is an impressive size too. It measures 54x40x36.5cm, and offers a large internal capacity for carrying reels and larger gear, plus some smaller trays for tackle. Made from very durable moulded plastic – as is the norm with these items – it offers a combination of lightweight and durability, and is designed to take the knocks that it will likely endure when in transit.
Like all of these, this is a waterproof box with tight closing locks so will not open when being transported, and it has a seat cushion that is padded for added comfort. It’s a very nice box all round – it’s light enough to carry without being overbearing – and also comes with a carry strap so you get the best of all worlds, and you also get a choice of four different sticker designs to decorate your box! All in all, a good box that is a great size, and one that is sensibly priced in the middle of our range.
Key Features – 54x40x36.5cm, strong body, large capacity, padded seat, carry strap
5: Arapaima Fishing Box Seat
This very nice box and seat is a combination variety; what we mean by this is that it can be carried with the supplied strap as a shoulder bag, or it can be worn as a backpack. It comes with a decent size of internal capacity – it’s not the largest box at 39x36x22cm, but is easy to carry thanks to that compact size – and also a series of side pockets that are perfect for tackle boxes, drink bottles or any objects you may wish to carry with you on your fishing trips.
The inside of the lid features four very handy plastic boxes for smaller tackle, while a nicely padded seat makes it a comfortable seat when in place. It’s suitably light and finished in a nice green colour, and is very well made indeed. Price-wise, this one sits right in the middle of the range we are reviewing. We reckon that because of the many pockets and sections involved, and the clever design and quality build, it is certainly worth the money, despite being a compact size.
Key Features – 39x36x22cm, many pockets, decent capacity, padded seat, backpack option
6: Koala Products KS7 System
We’ve included this second model from Koala as although it is a little beyond the upper limit of our price range, it is as comprehensive a fishing box and seat as you will ever find. This is without a doubt a professional-standard box, and that shows in the build quality. It comes with an aluminium frame with adjustable mud feet so can be used on any terrain, is made from very strong material, and features a deep cushioned seat for added comfort. This box also has a pole retainer for added convenience.
The overall measurements of the box itself are 58x37x48cm, including the leg frame and system, and it features a total of seven draws for tackle and smaller items. Inside is a spacious cavity that is perfect for the storage of reels and bigger kit, and it is easily secured with good locks. It comes with a carry strap too, so you get the benefit of ease of movement, and is a serious piece of fishing gear in every way. If you can stretch your budget a little, we recommend you consider this quite excellent box.
Key Features – 58x37x48cm, aluminium frame, 7 x drawers, pole retainer, rig storage, mud feet
That’s six of the very best fishing boxes available right now, but is there one that is right for you? Let’s have a final look!
We believe that we have selected a range of boxes here that includes something for everyone. There is the basic, simple and usable Fishingmad model at number 2 on the list that will do the job if that’s what you want, and it’s bigger brother at number 4. If, however, you want a serious box we recommend you check out either of the Koala designs which, although more expensive, are very impressive items indeed.
We do feel that the middle of the price range box from Arapaima, number 5, is also worth a recommendation. It may be compact, but it does offer a wide variety of storage options, is nicely made, and can genuinely be worn as a backpack for convenience.
Have another look at our selections and we hope that we’ve helped find the right fishing box for you.