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Reef Runner Problem

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I had my box of Reef Runners sitting in the boat on Friday up at Rainy Lake while we were camping. It was a beautiful day, about 85 and sunny. I went to clean up the boat before a run to kettle falls and noticed that a couple of my clear plano style tackle trays were very hot from sitting in the sun but didn't think anything of it before putting them away in my boat storage.

Today I went to troll a reef runner and the entire box of baits is totally ruined. They all swelled up and morphed shapes. You would hardly recognize them.

Anyone else ever have this happen to them from getting too hot in the sun?

ccarlson

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Never heard of that before. That blows. I am really curious how hot it had to get inside the box for that to happnen????

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Never had that happen to any sticks/cranks no matter how hot they got. was there moisture in the boxes?

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I ran into this problem a couple of years ago. I had a bunch of reef runners, yo-zuris, and storm lures melt. Rapala husky jerk-baits too, but no balsa lures. I thought it was the mirror finish on the crystal minnows bouncing light in the box like a magniying glass, but then had it happen on dull lures too. I then suspected the boxes which where purchased at Fleet Farm in bulk on a sharp discount.

I would love to be able to leave tackle boxe in the bottom of the boat,isn't that what they are for?

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seen it happen with muskie baits as well, believers and rumblers to be exact

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thats crazy i have never had anything like that happen to my reefs, if you could post a pic please do i would like to see them

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I had some Fat Raps several years back that were in a box in the sun and the clear bills on them melted out of shape. Now I don't leave any of my crankbait trays out in the sun.

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Udate: Got a call today from the reef runner company and they told me to send them in and they will replace them. The guy was really good about it. He said it will occassionaly happen and is due to the epoxy they use. If it doesn't dry all the way before the paint is applied, some of the gasses from the epoxy will remain in the hollow plastic body and expand in the extreme heat.

So, I'm very happy and will send them off tomorrow. I will be sure to keep them out of the sun on very hot days from now on.

ccarlson

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Thanks for the update and the story. That is an interesting experience and it's good to hear they are standing behind their product.

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