Mystery Tackle Box (MTB for short) is the most popular Fishing Subscription Box in the tackle industry. The company really seems to have a passionate following online, especially on YouTube. I’m sure you have seen some of the gazillion MTB Unboxing, or MTB Slam videos, they are hard to miss :).
Doubters and haters might dismiss the popularity as marketing hype, but MTB has been steadily growing its business since it started in 2012. Which brings us to this review. Our goal is to answer the number one question anglers have when considering buying into the monthly subscription box:
Yeah it looks cool, but is Mystery Tackle Box worth it?
To answer that question, we purchased the Pro monthly box for bass fishing. As we get each MTB box, we’ll add it to this review so you can get the picture of its value over time. We also subscribed to the equivalent box from Lucky Tackle Box, MTB’s main competitor. It’s only fair that we do a largemouth to largemouth comparison of the top two tackle boxes.
How Does MTB Work? What Does it Cost?
MTB is very simple. You choose a plan, your preferred species, payment frequency, and then you checkout. All that’s left is to wait for your first box to arrive (they’ll send you a tracking number).
- MTB Regular ($14.99/mo) – Choose from Bass, Inshore, Ice Fishing, Walleye, Panfish, Catfish, and Trout.
- MTB Pro ($24.99/mo) – Choose from Bass, Walleye, or Inshore Saltwater. Each box has an approximate retail value of $40.
- MTB Elite ($???/mo) – This new level is rumored to be $50/month premium box.
- MTB Gift ($43 to $276) – Get the same selection of species and box level, in a convenient gift card form. They can be had in 3, 6, and 12 month packages.
The sign up process was as easy as 1-2-3. But what if you don’t like it, or don’t want a box every month? MTB makes it easy to cancel, pause, upgrade or downgrade at any time. You can even change target species, which I imagine would be nice for multi-species anglers and ice fishermen.
Mystery Tackle Box Review – Box #1 (February)
- Lucky Craft Pointer 95 ($15.99) – The Pointer 95 is a 1/2 ounce, 3-3/4″ long silent jerkbait. It runs 4-5 feet deep. The Ghost Threadfin Shad color looks great and should work well on most lakes with shad.
- Bill Lewis Floating Rat-L-Trap ($5.49) – This rattle bait is intriguing, in that it floats. Instead of aggressively working the bait like you would on a heavy lipless bait, it’s going to be worked much closer to the surface. I can’t wait to try this one out.
- Castaic Boyd Duckett BD Squarebill ($6.99) – This is a nice looking squarebill crankbait. The hooks look quality, and the shallow 3-4 foot running depth should work great in the spring.
- Carolina Rig Kit ($3.00) – Beads, swivels, and brass weights for assembling two Carolina Rigs.
- Catch Co. Gator Hawg ($2.99) – 6 pack of baby Brush Hawg style soft plastics.
- Catch Co. Stickies Hooks ($2.10) – 3 pack of 3/0 offset worm hooks.
- Blakemore Randy’s Swim’n Runner ($6.49) – A nice little underspin bait that should work great for spotted bass. The 1/4 ounce size should catch a lot of fish.
Thoughts on Box #1: This box was received in February, and it’s a nice selection of lures for early spring bass fishing. The hard baits are spot on for things I would use around the old grass beds, and shallow hard cover. The other pieces are basically everything you would need to fish a Carolina Rig, which is a nice touch. Overall this was an excellent box of tackle.
Waiting on Box #2…