Bassmaster Elite Series pro Keith Combs’ office is on a Yamaha powered Ranger 520. Take a quick tour to learn how he sets it up to be an efficient work platform.
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A Minn Kota Ultrex provides all the power he needs to fish in any water condition, plus Spot Lock to keep him in place when he needs to stay put.
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In addition to the transducer built into the trolling motor foot, Combs also has a Humminbird 360 transducer mounted on the trolling motor shaft to ensure he doesn’t miss anything beneath the water’s surface.
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Two Humminbird Solix 15s are mounted on the bow of his Ranger so he can easily view charts, sonar, down and side imaging and 360 sonar.
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Just to the left of his front-deck electronics is the switch for his Talons so he can lower the shallow-water anchors quickly.
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His trolling motor pedal is recessed into the deck to reduce fatigue while he’s fishing. Of course, he can quickly initiate Spot Lock with the tap of his foot.
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A cup holder and tool slots are just in front of the trolling motor foot pedal to keep necessary equipment close at hand.
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His front deck offers a huge working platform, and features four huge compartments to store ample equipment for a long day on the water.
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Two cavernous compartments on the right side of the deck are used to store life jackets, rain gear, his running light and tons of other gear.
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An amazing number of trays packed with lures, terminal tackle and line fill the large center compartment.
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Rods are stored in the compartment along the left side of the front deck until they are needed.
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Pull-out straps secure rods on the front deck while running from spot to spot.
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A step at the rear of the deck reduce knee stress while moving from behind the wheel to the front deck.
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Beneath the lid of this compartment is a roomy ice chest in which Combs stores all the water he needs to remain hydrated during hot summer days.
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His measuring board is stored in a handy slot to the right of the front step, while pliers and other tools are held in slots.
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More tools are kept at hand in tools on the left side of the front step.
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A small, open compartment along the rear of the front deck in front of the passenger seat serves to hold extraneous lures and trash.
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A T-H Marine Hot Foot allows Combs to keep both hands on the wheel and still control his speed.
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Two more Humminbird Solix 15s are mounted on the console so he has ample display area to arrange charts and his various sonar views.
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Bass Boat Technologies mounts hold Combs’ electronics securely in place, even in the roughest conditions.
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An autism awareness bracelet from a campaign spearheaded by fellow Elite angler John Crews rides on Combs’ outboard control lever.
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Dual controls mounted on the steering column allow him to control his T-H Marine jack plate and outboard trim without taking his hands off the wheel.
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Another Talon controller mounted to the console allows him to stab in his shallow-water anchors before stepping onto the front deck.
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Comfortable seats provide a smooth ride in rough conditions, while a step allows easy access to the rear deck.
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Beneath the step between the seats is a compartment in which Combs keeps his balance beam, towels and other miscellaneous items.
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He has plenty of room to move around on the large rear deck when hard-fighting bass pull him to the back of the boat.
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A large compartment behind his seat is used to store extra tackle.
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A second compartment on the passenger side of the back deck is open for extra storage.
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There’s plenty of room for heavy limits of bass in the livewell.
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His cull tags are organized on the livewell’s divider.
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A roomy bilge compartment has ample room for his four batteries, a battery charger and spare prop.
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Dual Talon shallow-water anchors flank Combs’ Yamaha 250 VMAX to keep his boat perfectly positioned when activated. The Ranger is powered by a Yamaha 250 VMAX.
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Talon mounting brackets ensure his anchors are held securely in place when running through rough water.
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Talon’s tilt brackets allow Combs to lower his Talons when maneuvering beneath low bridges, trees and other overhangs.
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Combs controls the height of his Yamaha outboard with a T-H Marine Atlas hydraulic jack plate.
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A Humminbird down-imaging transducer is mounted to the jack plate.
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A ladder on the rear deck can be employed if Combs ends up in the water.