If you are one of the many thousands of people who enjoy fishing, then we are here to help! This engaging and enthralling sport and pastime is one of the biggest participation sports in the world, and in the UK we are blessed with some fantastic places to get out the gear and set about angling for quality fish.
Whether you enjoy carp fishing or sea fishing, you will always be looking for ways to cut down on the amount of gear and tackle you carry. You can often find yourself walking a long way to reach the best spots, and it pays to travel light!
Of course, you need the essentials, your rods and poles, reels and tackle, but it’s the extra bits and pieces that make life easier once you are there that can add weight. For example, you need to be able to sit down, as you will be spending a long time in one place, and thus you might carry with you a chair.
However, many people are choosing to do away with the chair, and to instead use a seat box. This is a great way of combining tackle box and somewhere to sit, and can be especially useful if you are fishing, for example, from a boat.
So, that’s why we have taken a good look at some of the best fishing seat boxes available right now. Are you interested to learn more? Here are our selections!
1: Roddarch Seat Box
Our first example is a typical fishing seat box from a maker, Roddarch, with a wide range of fishing gear and a reputation for quality and value for money. We think this is a great starter as it gives you a very good idea of what these items are about. You get a very nice, strong and solid box that features an 18-litre main section, which is great for storage. It also has further 3-litre centre section for added storage.
The top layer is made up of four separate tackle boxes, which should be enough for all that you carry with you, and the centre section is also able to be divided with the sections included. The overall measurements are 38x38x23cm, which makes it surprisingly compact yet big enough for the purpose, and it is constructed from very robust and hard material, and designed to handle up to 20stone. A seat pad sits in the box when not in use, and is very comfortable when used, and a padded strap is also a welcome feature. Buy this, it’s not expensive, and do away with your other boxes, and you cut down on what you need to carry.
Key Features – large main space, added smaller space, tackle boxes, cushion, 20-stone
2: Madfish M2 Seat Box
Whereas the above model is a simple and straightforward design that is perhaps inspired by sea fishing experiences, this design is something else altogether. For a start, it comes with four detachable mud feet that make it the perfect choice for the riverbank, and it is actually a very stylish item in its own right. In fact, we think it one of the most innovative items of fishing gear we have reviewed, and it makes a strong case for being an almost essential purchase.
It is beautifully designed with a couple of neat slide-out drawers that are perfect for storing some of your tackle and it also has a large tray immediately beneath the seat. The deep cushioned seat stores away when not in use, and is very comfortable when sat upon, and the entire package weighs just 5.5kg, and measures only 41x29x29cm when in carrying state. It comes with a padded strap for ease of movement. However, if you want large amounts of storage space, this is not for you as that is limited. It is more of a dedicated seat, and as such is a very good one, if a touch on the expensive side.
Key Features – dedicated seat, adjustable mud feet, compact size, light, slide out drawers
3: Koala Products KS5 System
The serious angler needs to be comfortable, and to know where everything is. This, from Koala, is for the serious angler. We have come to realise that there are two types of fishing box: one is a box that you can sit on when you want, the other – like this one and that above – is a more sophisticated seat that has additional storage space. There is no doubt that this very stylish aluminium-framed seat and box is a superbly stylish item, but is it practical? Indeed it is!
This one has a large space in the base for storage of major items, plus a total of 5 drawers that are perfect for tackle storage. It’s neatly designed with various external accessories, and comes with a deeply padded seat that will remain comfortable for many hours. A padded carry-strap means you have added comfort for when transporting it, and as it weighs less than 7kg you will not be over-burdened, and it also has a very neat pole storage rig that can be folded away when not in use. It’s great, innovative and original, but expensive.
Key Features – padded seat, plenty storage, pole storage system, very stylish
4: Roddarch Rucksack Fishing Seat
Our second model from the Roddarch brand is, in fact, the same model we opened the review with, except this one comes with a fitted rucksack. That means it is easier to carry, and you get additional storage pockets for more tackle. The box itself is a very nice, strong and solid box that features an 18-litre main section, which is great for storage. It also has further 3-litre centre section for added storage.
The top layer is made up of four separate tackle boxes, which should be enough for all that you carry with you, and the centre section is also able to be divided with the sections included. The overall measurements are 38x38x23cm, which makes it surprisingly compact yet big enough for the purpose, and it is constructed from very robust and hard material, and designed to handle up to 20stone. A seat pad sits in the box when not in use, and is very comfortable when used, and the rucksack is an excellent, durable model that will stand the test of time. If you want convenience over style, have another look at this one at an excellent price.
Key Features – box with rucksack, loads of storage, easy to carry, very robust
5: Octoplus 6-Drawer Strongbox
We are back to the more sophisticated style of seat box with this one, from Octoplus, and it is a very neat and stylish model, if very expensive in comparison to some of the others here. This one is another aluminium-frame model with the obligatory mud-legs and feet – which are fully adjustable and therefore perfect for the riverbank – and it comes complete with six drawers for plenty of storage space for tackle and smaller items. However, there is more storage space in the cheaper type of box, so bear that in mind.
The seta itself is a deep-padded design that offers excellent comfort, and the accessories and design touches that come with this one are very impressive. We do have a gripe, however, with this type of box in that it can be tricky to put all the parts together to get it into a usable state. That’s up to you, and if it’s this type of box you want – and you’re willing to pay the rather high price (although we can’t deny the quality) then it could be the one for you.
Key Features – mud legs and feet, adjustable, six drawer design, padded seat
That’s five excellent fishing seat boxes for you, of varying styles and designs, but which is for you?
As we have mentioned, there are two distinct types here, so the main think to consider is this: are you looking for a large capacity box that can replace your various tackle boxes and that you can sit on when you get to where you are going? Or are you after a more sophisticated set of drawers with a dedicated seat that is very comfortable? Next, we offer you our verdict on each type.
First, for the dedicated seat with mud-legs and frame, we can recommend that you look at all three again as each is very good. If we have a favourite, it’s the Koala KS5; it has a reasonable amount of storage space, excellent framework and accessories including pole storage and, for one of this type, offers the best value for money.
If you want a simple box to replace your various tackle boxes, that has plenty of internal space and that can be used as a seat, we suggest you pay the little extra and buy the rucksack version from Roddarch, as it really does have everything you need at a sensible price.