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October 25, 2001

Safety Bucket for Offshore Rigs

Keep all your rigs safely stored awaywith this homemade organizer. All you need is a five-gallon bucket, lid, 10-feet of rope, and a drill.

When running offshore on a rough day, things in the cockpit can get a little bouncy - even to the point where rods fall into the water and hook rigs fly around the cockpit. Once you've secured your fishing rods, here's a way to keep the rigs safe and organized.
Get a bucket with strong snap-on lid. (You can find good-sized buckets at a construction site.) Depending on how many rigs you use, cut notched slits into the rim of the bucket about 2 inches apart. Make the notches about 1/4 inch wide at the top and 1 inch deep, or deep enough for your rigs' hooks to slide into and stay secure.
Drill about a half-dozen small holes in the bottom of the bucket so it won't hold water and rust the hooks. Make the holes small enough so any tackle that falls into the bucket won't fall through the holes.
Rig your leaders, coil them and slide each hook into a slot with the leader hanging inside the bucket.
To keep the bucket from flying around, cut two holes in the lid and tie the end of a 10-foot rope through them. Snap the lid onto the bucket and secure the rope to a cleat, railing or chair stanchion.
The boat may bounce on the way out, but your rigs will be separate and in order when you get there. - Capt. Scott Stelling, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina