The 8 Best Fishing Subscription Boxes of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Mystery Tackle Box

"The boxes are delivered monthly, and include perfectly paired lures and tackle and a magazine filled with tips on how best to use them."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Lucky Tackle Box

"Members have access to more than 400 helpful videos on YouTube in addition to exclusive tutorials from fishing personality Travis Moran."

Best for Saltwater: Coastal Fishing

"With this box, you can choose whether you want tackle for back bay or inshore fishing."

Best Fly Fishing: Postfly

"Options include trout, saltwater, warmwater, steelhead and salmon, and fly tying."

Best Ice Fishing: Reel Tackle Box

"Reel Tackle Box prides itself on only including top quality baits that have been tried and tested by its team of expert anglers."

Best Multi-Species: Warriors Tackle Supply

"Boxes feature tackle from both small and industry-leading companies, with brand names like Rapala, Berkley, and Strike King."

Best Budget: Outlet Bait & Tackle

"There are two types of boxes to choose from: one for bass specialists, and one for multi-species fishermen."

Best for Hunting Fishermen: The Sportsman’s Box

"Hunting options include turkeys, waterfowl, elk, and many more; fishing choices include saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, ice fishing, and bowfishing."

Our Top Picks

01 of 08

Best Overall: Mystery Tackle Box

Mystery Tackle Box

Mystery Tackle Box

Known as the very first fishing subscription box, Mystery Tackle Box has shipped over 4 million boxes featuring over 100 different brands—ensuring that you always get something new and exciting.

The boxes are delivered monthly and include perfectly paired lures and tackle and a magazine filled with tips on how best to use them. Often, your box will include exclusive or limited edition items like lures, bait, tackle, and lines, and you can expect to receive up to 40% off the retail price.

There are three plans to choose from: Regular, Pro, and Elite, with each costing around $20, $30, and $40 per month, respectively. And if you pay for a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription, there are additional discounts, going all the way up to $5 off for the 12-month option. Shipping is also free.

You can tailor your subscription box to the type of fishing you most enjoy, and the gear you get will reflect that. Options range from bass to walleye, panfish, trout, and inshore saltwater fishing. You can change your preferred species at any time, and you can also pause or cancel your membership whenever you like.

02 of 08

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Lucky Tackle Box

Lucky Tackle Box

Lucky Tackle Box

Lucky Tackle Box is another popular option for anglers. The brand offers a monthly delivery of carefully curated name-brand baits, lures, and tackle, as well as other fishing accessories like pliers and attractants. It also includes an educational magazine to teach you how to use each of the items to catch the most fish.

There are two boxes to choose from. The Classic XL includes seven baits and costs around $27, with an approximate value of $40. The Classic Extreme includes 13 to 16 baits for about $46, with an approximate value of more than $85. Both boxes give you the choice of bass-specific or multi-species tackle, depending on the type of fishing you like to do.

You can pay each month, or make additional savings by committing to a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription, with the cheapest option being around $23 a month. Your first box will be shipped five to seven business days after placing your order, even if you order halfway through the month, and shipping is always free within the United States.

As an added bonus, members also have access to more than 400 helpful videos on YouTube in addition to exclusive tutorials from fishing personality Travis Moran.

03 of 08

Best for Saltwater: Coastal Fishing

Coastal Fishing

Coastal Fishing

While several fishing subscription box companies offer an inshore saltwater option alongside their freshwater species selections, Coastal Fishing focuses purely on saltwater fishing.

There are three boxes to choose from, all of which include a range of premium saltwater gear including hard and soft lures in all sizes, hooks, rigged line, and other accessories. The Standard box costs around $30 and has an approximate value of $50. With this box, you can choose whether you want tackle for back bay or inshore fishing. The Pro option costs about $50 and has an approximate value of $100, and the Tournament option costs around $70 with a value of $150. These boxes also include options for inshore and offshore saltwater fishing.

You can opt for a one-, three-, six, or 12-month subscription, with orders auto-renewing as they expire. You can pause, skip, or cancel at any time. No matter which box you choose or when you order it, the Coastal Salt Box is delivered at the end of the month, and the subscription includes free shipping throughout the United States.

04 of 08

Best Fly Fishing: Postfly

Postfly

Postfly

Postfly is the original and most-loved fishing subscription box specifically for fly fishermen, offering a fun and easy way to discover new flies. Each box is chosen by expert guides to give you the best chances to catch great fish according to your location, target species, season, and hatch data.

The Original Box costs around $25 per month, with further discounts available for three-, six-, and 12-month subscriptions, with the price going down to around $23. The box is valued at over $35 and content options include customized flies for trout, saltwater, warm water, steelhead, and salmon, and it also includes fly tying kits.

For trout, warm water, and saltwater fishermen, Postfly also offers a Guide Series box starting at about $45 per month. This box includes double the number of flies in a variety of different sizes as well as premium fly fishing accessories like flies and lines, and fun goodies like stickers.

Whichever you go for, your box comes with a 100% happiness guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, you can return it for a full refund. You can also pause, change, or cancel your subscription at any time. Shipping is free, and unlike most of the other companies on this list, Postfly ship all over the world. 

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05 of 08

Best Ice Fishing: Reel Tackle Box

Reel Tackle Box

Reel Tackle Box

Reel Tackle Box offers 10 different fishing subscription box options based on species and style of fishing. These include typical options like bass, walleye, catfish, and fly fishing, but also more unusual choices like shark and saltwater fishing. Options include the Big Bass Mini box for around $19, the Big Shark Box for about $40, and the Big Crappie Box starting at around $29.

The company also offers a specialist box for ice fishermen, appropriately called the Big Ice Fishing Box. This box comes in six different sizes, ranging from the Original for about $33 per month to the Lunker for nearly $100 per month.

Whichever box you choose, you can get even better value by opting for a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription. For example, a year-long subscription gives you a 14% discount on the overall monthly price.

Instead of fancy packaging, stickers, and how-to videos, Reel Tackle Box prides itself on only including top-quality baits that have been tried and tested by its team of expert anglers. Boxes ship out on the 10th of every month, and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

06 of 08

Best Multi-Species: Warriors Tackle Supply

Warriors Tackle Supply

Warriors Tackle Supply

Many of the companies on this list offer boxes that are great for catching multiple species, but Warriors Tackle Supply is unique in that it allows you to complete a survey of your favorite species during the order process, allowing you to optimize your ability to catch your preferred fish. The Pro Staff team then uses this information to personalize your box, so that the tackle and lures you receive match your style of fishing. Options include bass, perch, walleye, crappie, pike, and trout.

Boxes feature tackle from both small and industry-leading companies, with brand names like Rapala, Berkley, and Strike King. Most lures have top-quality Mustard or VMC hooks.

There are three box sizes to choose from; Standard for around $27, XL for around $35, and Pro for about $50. There is also flexibility in the ordering process, as you can opt for a one-time purchase, or you can save a further 15% by signing up for a monthly subscription. You can skip a month or cancel your subscription at any time.

Standard shipping is offered free of charge, but if you want your box sooner, you can pay for expedited service. To top it off, Warriors Tackle Supply guarantees 100% satisfaction or your money back.

07 of 08

Best Budget: Outlet Bait & Tackle

Outlet Bait & Tackle

Outlet Bait & Tackle

Outlet Bait & Tackle is known for its incredible deals and rock bottom prices, which are made possible by selling tackle and bait that are either discontinued or overstocked, but still perfectly functional. The company offers a Secret Bait Box with six lures or more for just around $19 per month. If you sign up for a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription you’ll receive further discounts, with a 12-month subscription being just under $17 per month.

There are two types of boxes to choose from: one for bass specialists and one for multi-species fishermen, with tackle and bait specialized for each.

Outlet Bait & Tackle allows you to cancel, swap, or pause your subscription at any time. You can also purchase subscriptions as a gift for someone else in either three- or six-month installments. Unlike regular subscriptions, gift purchases will not automatically renew.

Shipping is always free, so you don’t need to worry about any hidden costs. And if you’re not completely satisfied, the company offers a money-back guarantee on all its products.

08 of 08

Best for Hunting Fishermen: The Sportsman’s Box

The Sportsman’s Box

The Sportsman’s Box 

If you’re an all-around outdoor lover who enjoys hunting as well as fishing, the Sportsman’s Box gives you the best of both worlds. Each one includes field-tested and guide-approved gear for both sports and uses a detailed questionnaire to tailor the contents to your personal preferences and the upcoming season. You’ll also be asked what other outdoor activities you enjoy, what weapons you have, where you live, and your clothing size amongst other things.

Hunting options include turkeys, waterfowl, elk, and many more, and fishing choices include saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, ice fishing, and bow fishing.

There are three box categories: The Starter for about $25 per month, The Original from around $42 per month, and The Denali from around $83 per month. Boxes differ in tier and pricing due to the number and type of items included. The first tier includes tools, bait, and tackle, while more expensive options contain all of that plus cameras, apparel, and lifestyle items.

You can choose to receive your box once a month, with monthly and yearly plans available. You can also get boxes once every three months, with quarterly and yearly plans available. All memberships include access to insider savings and entry into gear giveaways, as an added bonus for the community. Boxes ship between the 15th and the 28th of every month.

How We Chose the Best Fishing Subscription Boxes

There are dozens of companies offering fishing subscription boxes for fishermen in the United States and Canada, and in order to narrow down the competition to the final selection you see above, we read countless reviews by real-life users and independent experts.

We also carefully researched exactly what each box offers in terms of contents, quality, and price. We used our findings to determine not only which boxes are best, but which are best for different types of fishermen. We wanted to choose the companies on this list to provide for a variety of different anglers, not just fly fishermen or deep-sea fishermen. So, each box either has multiple options, or there are boxes specifically for your type of fishing.

Likewise, these boxes provide different functions based on your needs—there are boxes for hunters and outdoorsmen, boxes for those who need lures, and boxes for those who want fun gifts that might not be just useful for fishing.

Fishing can be an expensive hobby, so these boxes all offer great value, and some even offer values that are nearly double their cost. Similarly, we tried to choose boxes with minimal or no shipping charges.

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