Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Punching heavy grass or hyacinth mats is one of my favorite ways to fish. Big fish live in heavy cover and hearing your braid scream when you set the hook sends your adrenaline into overdrive! I fish the California Delta as much as I can and therefore punch often so I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient and effective. The last article I wrote was on Tackle Organization/Storage so this one plays into that, but specific to one technique...punching/heavy flipping.
I am on staff with Cal Coast Fishing so I'll put that out there, but I'm a huge fan of their products. When they came out with the Battle Box I was all over it, but struggled to find a use that fit my storage style. People immediately started using these boxes for terminal tackle solutions, but as I stated in my previous article I was moving away from having one terminal tackle box. It hit me one day on the water when I got my punch set up stuck in between some rocks and had to retie. I had everything separated, my hooks in one box, weights in another, and you guessed it, plastics in another. It was lame, I know. Then I went on to put everything in a 3600 box and that worked for a couple of years, but when I picked up my Battle Box it all clicked!
I'm now able to keep everything I need to punch in one box! I did have to make one modification though, I had to glue some foam over the side where the plastics are to keep them in place (there's a gap). The days when I'm mostly punching, I'll put this box right on top so it's easily accessible. I seriously haven't found a better or more efficient box than the Battle Box! If you have one, try this configuration and you won't be disappointed. If you don't own one, they should be restocked soon.
-Tight lines everyone!