Uncategorized Truck Tool Chest Shopping

Truck Tool Chest Shopping

Truck tool chest shopping will turn your truck bed into a portable tool shed. I like to carry tools around but had a few things stolen. I love the range of cargo I can take in my truck but need some extra security to keep my expensive tools safe. Not only from theft but they shouldn’t be rolling around with all of the other things!

Now, shopping for a sturdy and secure tool chest can be challenging. There are so many options on the market it makes you wonder which will actually work. I split my search into specific categories to help me decide which truck tool chest would suit my needs.

Space: First, I measured the width of my truck bed. This tells you which tool chests will be able to fit. You should also keep the length of your truck bed in mind. You want to make sure your chest doesn’t take up the entirety of your truck bed unless you prefer it that way.

Plastic or metal? Truck tool chests are either made of plastic or metal. The plastic they use is actually pretty sturdy while not adding a lot of weight to your vehicle. Plastic is also the cheaper of the two options. Metal is obviously more durable and sturdier, and costs you more. They come in aluminum or steel.

Compartments: I want my tool chest to act like a mobile tool box. I want a large compartment, preferably with a light cover to handle smaller tools. I would also like it to have drawers. Make sure you buy one that will store all of the items you travel with but you can still easily find them.

I made a list of the items I am usually pulling in and out of my truck.

Weatherproofing: Most truck tool chests are weather resistant. Weather resistant doesn’t always cut it, especially if you live in an especially wet climate. People who will use it through winter or wet months will want to be sure their chest is completely waterproof. Check the seal. Some use rubber, while others use fabric or tape.

Lock: I need a tool chest with a sturdy lock and key. That is one of my main reasons for purchasing one!

Truck Tool Chest Styles

Now that you know the amount of tools and their shapes, this review of mounting styles will help you further narrow your search.

Top-mount: These mount right behind the truck cab. There are usually several compartments all under one lid. Some even have just one large compartment. It depends on the size of the tools you need to carry. You can find some models that go all the way down, while others hover. I like the ones with large compartments on top, but drawers under.

Side mount: There is a side mount tool chest designed to fit every truck bed size. These are mounted to one, or both, side rails of your truck, depending on your storage needs. You don’t have to climb into the truck to access them. They also usually don’t reach the floor of the bed. You can fit more long cargo with this mount.

Crossbed: These tool chests stretch across the width of the bed directly behind the cap. They are bolted to the outsides of the truck bed and usually leave space underneath for more storage.

Trailer Tongue: This is a perfect option for people who already tow a trailer around. It attaches to the trailer tongue for easy added storage. It isn’t great for people like me. I just want to keep the tools in my truck and don’t always like to pull a trailer.

Hitch mount: I like this option because it doesn’t actually take up any bed space. I can still move large objects like wood or furniture and have my tools on hand. It attaches to the trailer post and doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view.

If you are still unclear, here are more truck tool chest shopping tips!


Uncategorized Just Catching Bass

Just Catching Bass

I wish I could spend every fishing excursion just catching bass. I admit it still isn’t always, but the best bass lures have brought me a lot closer. There are so many out there, I was overwhelmed for years and just kept buying more and more expensive bait and presentations and only trying them a few times. There are a few that have stood out. These lures help me catch bass throughout the year in different conditions. I’m sure I have some other great lures, I just haven’t found the right conditions to unlock their potential yet.

You’ll be catching so many basses you’ll need a more effective way to clean them. Did you know you can use a pressure washer for yard cleaning to quickly remove the scales from bass? You just might have to try it thanks to how many basses this article will help you fish up.

  1. Jigs

Skirted jigs will give you great results no matter what time of year you use them. You can be catching bass in any water temperature between 40 and 90. They work in wooded, rocky, grassy, and open areas alike.

  1. Crankbait

These are also pretty effective no matter what time of year you are fishing. You just need to choose the right design for the season and water conditions you are fishing in. Slim cranks with flat sides and a slight wobble dominate winter fishing. In warmer water, use fatter cranks with more movement to keep the fish coming to your hook. If you are fishing for bass in the deep, use a big lipped plug to bring them from the depths. You should also consider the shape of the bill depending on the water conditions. Square bills work well to deflect wood and rock. Round lips dive deeper than square bills. Coffin billed baits combine the two styles into one.

  1. Jerkbait

Jerkbait is known for working well in the winter months. However, they can actually be effective in warmer months as well. The real reason nobody is catching bass with jerkbait in the summer is because nobody is out throwing them in! They take a little bit more skill. You should drag them through grassy areas quickly. You can’t really fish one of these too fast. Keep them twitching and gliding, and you’ll score a few good bass.

  1. Finesse worms

These simple worms may not have the fancy appendages but they can snag bass any and every day. With a few different weights and attachments, you can use your finesse worm every day of the year. Add one to a Carolina or shaky head in cold waters. Use them weightless in the summer near the dock or in thick water grasses. You can even use them in deep waters with a nose hook and drop shot rig. Keep all these items in your tool box and you’ll be ready to snag big bass with a finesse worm.

  1. Swimbait

Swimbaits are pretty new to most people’s tackle boxes. Even so, they have earned their keep as one of the best bass catchers on the market. You can emulate a wide range of fish bait species and that allows them to be effective throughout the entire year. Anglers often use them with an umbrella rig in the winter months to mimic a dying shad. You can use them effectively in the summer months in both grassy and open waters as well, without much alteration.

  1. Lipless Crankbait

These little guys are great in shallow or deep waters. The same reason they are effective in water of any depth also makes them a great choice for both summer and winter fishing. They can travel across the dying grass fields of winter, or cover a lot of water and target schools of active fish in the summer. Their shape makes them good for crowded grassy or rocky areas or animating in open water.

  1. Craw

One delicious treat a bass will never say no to is a craw. They eat a wide range of small fish, but they will eat craw as long as they are available. They are naturally found in shallow weeds or rocky depths until the absolute coldest time of the year. You can fish with a plastic craw in a lot of ways. Attach them to the back of a jig, throw to into some cover, drag it on a Carolina rig, or fish it on a shakey head. Because this is one of the most important foods in a bass’ diet, they will want to latch on, so long as it isn’t the only one active.