Suits My Needs...
June 2, 2014
I bought this bag primarily for Spring/Summer surf fishing, and to act as a wader belt. It does get the job done, though I do have some issues with it. It is able to hold my packable surf top, and a (1) Plano 3600 Tray in the large pouch. It can hold 2 3600 boxes, without the top. In the smaller pouch I keep a Plano Gulp box. Same size as a (1) 3400 box. On the outside, it holds my pliers, and has a D Ring to attach the lanyard to. There is also a D Ring on the opposing side as well. Though they are small size rings. It also has a drink holder and 2 rod holders. The rod holders does work, but with some limits. For instance, if you need to change lure or tie on another leader. But I would not use it to store a second surf rod, as the description states. I believe if you use the rod holders constantly, the Velcro that keeps the diameter of the holder would wear quickly and fail to stay intact(hard to explain without a picture of it). And it has a small pouch for one jar of pork. However, with all of this gear in it, as the other reviewer pointed out, it will weigh down on us narrow hipped men! You can tighten the straps, which do not slip by the way, as much as you want, and still find yourself moving it up every so often. Suspenders would quell this issue. It also does not offer any lower back support at all. You are able to add items to the adjustable strap like a tin or bucktail holder for instance. However, the size of your waist will determine how much strap area you have for adding items. Larger waist, more strap area, and vice versa. This bag suits my needs when fishing from the shore during the Spring and Summer targeting Fluke. During the Fall Run, targeting Stripers, I do not believe this would be the bag of choice. Simply because of the vast array of lures, apparel, and equipment one must carry when walking the beach. I would look elsewhere in this case. This bag is not recommended for the angler that finds himself/herself carrying a lot of gear.
Pros:A lot of storage space, can fit 2 3600 boxes and 1 3400 box, plier holder built in, rod holder works with limited use, Water bottle and jar holder respectively, ability to add items to tightening strap, strap does not slip, ability to spin bag
Cons:Weight of your stored items weighs bag down, Offers no lumbar support, 2 small size D Rings, Rod Holder is not practical for manufacturer's intended uses,