- Shimano Baltica Bags
- Includes Four Tackle Trays
- Two Models: Medium (MD) and Large (LG)
- MSRP: $69.99 (MD) / $79.99 (LG)
- Shimano Blackmoon Backpacks
- Includes Three Tackle Trays
- Two Models: Front Load (FR) and Top Load (TP)
- MSRP: $149.99 (FR and TP)
- Shimano Bhaltair Reel Bags
- One Model: Medium (MD)
- MSRP: $79.99
- Shimano Brutas Silver Nickel Split Ring Pliers
- One Model: 5″
- MSRP: $14.99
- Shimano Brutas Stainless Steel Power Pro Scissors w/ Sheath
- One Model: 5″
- MSRP: $19.99
- Shimano Brutas Silver Nickel Needle Nose Pliers
- Three Models: 6″ / 8″ / 11″
- MSRP: $12.99 (6″) / $13.99 (8″) / $18.99 (11″)
General Overview/First Impressions:
- If you’ve ever fished as a co-angler in a tournament or otherwise, you understand the difficulty of developing a proper organization system for your gear. From keeping your things sorted in the back of your vehicle to not taking up all the space in your buddy’s boat; Being a co-angler takes some forethought. The products that Shimano have developed to combat your storage woes are the focus of this week’s spotlight.
- Shimano hasn’t spared anything in their development of these bags. The quality is exactly what you’d expect from a company that is as critical about their production as even their harshest critics. The bags feature heavy TPU corrosion-resistant zippers, robust “Rip-Stop” polyester fabric, and reinforced double-stitched seams. There isn’t much you can do to hurt these bags.
- My favorite of any of these bags is the Blackmoon Top Load Backpack. This thing has every feature you could think of along with a few that you’ll be glad Shimano thought of for you. The semi-rigid shell of the bag will protect anything inside from getting crushed if you were to drop it. The spooling station on the side of the bag allows for easy access to filler spools of line if you need to spool up or retie your leader. The front storage container has four binders with zipper tops (Not like the old school binders with wimpy ziploc-esque plastic closures) that will keep your favorite plastics or spinner baits organized and easy to access. The feature that I appreciate most on this backpack is the front webbed “Dry storage” pouch. This resilient webbed material is similar to the heavy duty plastic nets that are designed to easily remove treble hooks from. This pouch will allow you to easily store baits that you have used throughout the day rather than throwing them back into your tackle tray to rust. Like the other tackle bags, this backpack has ample external storage to hang your pliers, scissors, and other tools on so that they’re always at the ready. Speaking of tools…
- Shimano’s revamped Brutas Tools are simply badass. These are without a doubt the best braid scissors I’ve yet to see. The two key factors I look for in a pair of braid scissors are durability and, most importantly, their ability to cut braided line without fraying. The new Brutas Braid Scissors tick both of these boxes.
- All three of these bags have a niche in my mind. I personally like to take my reels off when traveling so I can more compactly stow my rods without my reels banging together, so the Bhaltair Reel Bag is a good solution for me. I think the perfect system for anyone who is fishing out of someone else’s boat would be to keep a Baltica Bag in your vehicle at all times to keep the bulk of your gear and then put what you’re going to use for the day in your Blackmoon Backpack. In my experience, there is absolutely no need to carry around more than what you can fit into the backpack. Trying to bring multiple bags with you while pond hopping is not an option for any location that requires you to hike into. Trying to do the same in someone else’s boat will likely lead to you being cramped and potentially pissing off your boater. Nobody likes the guy who rolls up on tournament morning looking like they’re prepared for a week long stay. Don’t be that guy.
- I genuinely wish that I had these bags when my vehicle was doubling as my garage. The headache it would’ve saved to have a hassle-free AND durable system would’ve been priceless. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to give their storage system a face lift. You won’t be disappointed.