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Topwaters Box meltdown! #13256657 08/22/19 09:48 PM
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Okay, it's been hot. We all know that. But imagine my dismay when I opened the bait locker in my boat, took out the topwater 3700 box, and saw that EVERY BAIT IN THE BOX HAD MELTED into the most grotesque shapes imaginable. Like monsters. And there were 26 baits in there, including 9 whopper ploppers, a half dozen R2S Rovers, some not-inexpesive lures. I figured about 300 bucks worth.

I've never had an entire box of baits get destroyed like that. I opened up my other hard bait boxes and they were all good to go.

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Re: Topwaters Box meltdown! [Re: herbsteiner] #13256718 08/22/19 11:11 PM
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WOW! Those are some good looking baits now with crinkle pain and all. Here are a couple of "Worm Spooks", that will catch fish, to go with them.

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Originally Posted by Donald Harper
WOW! Those are some good looking baits now with crinkle pain and all. Here are a couple of "Worm Spooks", that will catch fish, to go with them.

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Ought to be some wild action with that one!


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Re: Topwaters Box meltdown! [Re: herbsteiner] #13257106 08/23/19 12:02 PM
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Holy batman balls!!! I haven't ever seen a lure do that!! Even if it did get super hot while in the boat how could it do that?!?! Looks like a dang blowtorch was taken to them. WOW... I'd contact the lure manufacturers and just show em! Maybe they could answer as to what temp it takes their plastic bodies to MELT...


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I'm going to contact R2S about those Whopper Ploppers and Rovers. Them were pretty costly baits, right there.

Re: Topwaters Box meltdown! [Re: herbsteiner] #13257128 08/23/19 12:33 PM
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Do you store your boat outside?

Re: Topwaters Box meltdown! [Re: herbsteiner] #13257135 08/23/19 12:40 PM
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Did you happen to use some kind of cleaner to clean the inside of the box? Maybe chemicals plus heat. Did you paint any of those baits recently?


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First I've seen do that. Bad deal. cry


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Re: Topwaters Box meltdown! [Re: herbsteiner] #13257196 08/23/19 01:31 PM
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Do you still have a boat?

Re: Topwaters Box meltdown! [Re: herbsteiner] #13259114 08/25/19 04:11 PM
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No chemicals in the bait locker, baits in watertight Plano box. Still have boat, stored outside. smile

I contacted R2S and the very nice fellow on the other end said "wow," and admitted that he'd rarely but occasionally experienced such an occurance on very hot days, and that it was very weird to actuall watch, especially with the bait still in the packaging. He allowed as how he couldn't tell me what the company policy is but that I should contact customer service. So I sent an email to James@river2sea and we'll see what they can do for me. Fingers are crossed.

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Do you store your boat uncovered in direct sunlight?!? I’ve stored my boat outside for almost a decade and have never had anything close to that happen to my baits before.


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Boat stored outside, sometimes covered and sometimes not. All baits stored in a dark bait locker, as explained in above posts. No other hard baits affected, only the topwater box. Which is a Plano 3700 watertight, like the rest of them. This has never happened before, and we've had some hot summers down here on Lake Travis.

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I'm guessing its from that watertight box. Plastic baits, specially new ones let off gasses when heated. That combined with being in a sealed box created enough heat to melt them.

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Originally Posted by tmd11111
I'm guessing its from that watertight box. Plastic baits, specially new ones let off gasses when heated. That combined with being in a sealed box created enough heat to melt them.


That sounds very plausible, wouldn't be surprised. Waiting to see what R2S will think of the situation and how I'll make out. I like the company, regardless.

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The only time I’ve had any do that was when I’d cleaned some traps and put them on the tailgate in the sun to dry. They looked like cousin Darryl had come by and got em pregnant.









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