Gear

Inside Elite Boats: Clent Davis

Alabama native and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Clent Davis takes us on a front-to-back tour of his Phoenix 21 PHX.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Alabama native and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Clent Davis takes us on a front-to-back tour of his Phoenix 21 PHX.
His tow vehicle is a Ram dually — a big rig with plenty of muscle.
Photo: Thomas Allen - His tow vehicle is a Ram dually — a big rig with plenty of muscle.
Starting at the bow of the boat, the trailer features an innovative step system that makes it easier to climb inside.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Starting at the bow of the boat, the trailer features an innovative step system that makes it easier to climb inside.
The new Lowrance Ghost trolling motor provides the drive power at the front.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The new Lowrance Ghost trolling motor provides the drive power at the front.
Even though this trolling motor is new, it has been getting rave reviews across the board. Davis said he's in love with it.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Even though this trolling motor is new, it has been getting rave reviews across the board. Davis said he's in love with it.
Here'a look at the ergonomically friendly and highly responsive foot pedal for the Ghost.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here'a look at the ergonomically friendly and highly responsive foot pedal for the Ghost.
A Lowrance HDS 12 is the information center at the bow of his Phoenix.
Photo: Thomas Allen - A Lowrance HDS 12 is the information center at the bow of his Phoenix.
Power-Poles are activated by either of these foot pedals in the event he needs to anchor down in shallow water.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Power-Poles are activated by either of these foot pedals in the event he needs to anchor down in shallow water.
The Lowrance GPS puck is positioned near the other Lowrance equipment for precise GPS locations.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The Lowrance GPS puck is positioned near the other Lowrance equipment for precise GPS locations.
Above the cup holder is a pair of switches for motor trim and navigation lights.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Above the cup holder is a pair of switches for motor trim and navigation lights.
The front deck provides plenty of room to effectively and safely find, fish for and catch fish. Another feature of Davis' Phoenix that he loves.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The front deck provides plenty of room to effectively and safely find, fish for and catch fish. Another feature of Davis' Phoenix that he loves.
Digging into the starboard side rod locker, Davis finds a few necessities.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Digging into the starboard side rod locker, Davis finds a few necessities.
Raingear and life jackets.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Raingear and life jackets.
Tie-off ropes are always handy.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Tie-off ropes are always handy.
And in case he needs an extra life jacket, he has a few options. This one is his personal favorite.
Photo: Thomas Allen - And in case he needs an extra life jacket, he has a few options. This one is his personal favorite.
Moving back to the small storage locker directly in front of the Captain's chair.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Moving back to the small storage locker directly in front of the Captain's chair.
He pulls out a package of Mister Twister finesse worms.
Photo: Thomas Allen - He pulls out a package of Mister Twister finesse worms.
The inserted tray can be removed for even more storage.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The inserted tray can be removed for even more storage.
Davis always keeps a few Nichols Lures Pulsator spinnerbaits handy.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Davis always keeps a few Nichols Lures Pulsator spinnerbaits handy.
Moving to the center storage box, Davis reaches in looking for some important tackle trays.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Moving to the center storage box, Davis reaches in looking for some important tackle trays.
Lots of options at his fingertips.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Lots of options at his fingertips.
The first box is a Cal Costal Battle Box. A very durable and unique way to store terminal tackle.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The first box is a Cal Costal Battle Box. A very durable and unique way to store terminal tackle.
Secure and organized.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Secure and organized.
Inside one of the
Photo: Thomas Allen - Inside one of the "film canisters" he keeps hooks neatly organized. No change of a giant tangled mess.
You can bet the seasoned angler keeps swim jigs handy. Word is they'll eat that at his home fishery, Lay Lake.
Photo: Thomas Allen - You can bet the seasoned angler keeps swim jigs handy. Word is they'll eat that at his home fishery, Lay Lake.
Plenty of Yo-Zuri crankbaits in assorted colors are always within reach.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Plenty of Yo-Zuri crankbaits in assorted colors are always within reach.
Moving to the port side rod locker.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Moving to the port side rod locker.
It's loaded with Phenix rods ...
Photo: Thomas Allen - It's loaded with Phenix rods ...
... of course there's one rigged with a swim jig.
Photo: Thomas Allen - ... of course there's one rigged with a swim jig.
He grabbed another one he's quite fond of.
Photo: Thomas Allen - He grabbed another one he's quite fond of.
The Phenix Feather FTX series paired with an Abu Garcia Revo is his preferred combo for using a jerkbait.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The Phenix Feather FTX series paired with an Abu Garcia Revo is his preferred combo for using a jerkbait.
Like any busy angler, there are plenty of scissors and pliers nearby.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Like any busy angler, there are plenty of scissors and pliers nearby.
Next to the console is a tool holder that helps him move fast and keep organized.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Next to the console is a tool holder that helps him move fast and keep organized.
In the middle as you step down from the front deck is another small storage box that holds a few items. He said it fills up during a tournament and gets cleaned out after each event.
Photo: Thomas Allen - In the middle as you step down from the front deck is another small storage box that holds a few items. He said it fills up during a tournament and gets cleaned out after each event.
The next compartment over has a collection of Gamakatsu G Finesse replacement hooks that feature Aaron Martens on the front.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The next compartment over has a collection of Gamakatsu G Finesse replacement hooks that feature Aaron Martens on the front.
Photo: Thomas Allen - "He's one of my heros, and I'm glad I get to see his face on these packages," he said.
The cooler is already loaded with drinks, and there's still room for snacks.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The cooler is already loaded with drinks, and there's still room for snacks.
The next storage box is one of Phoenix Boats' most unique features. It's built for more rod storage, especially spinning rods due to the shape and likelihood for tangles. This storage box works for that, or anything else an angler needs to keep handy but out of the way.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The next storage box is one of Phoenix Boats' most unique features. It's built for more rod storage, especially spinning rods due to the shape and likelihood for tangles. This storage box works for that, or anything else an angler needs to keep handy but out of the way.
Davis keeps a few extra rolls of toilet paper in that box. A guy has to be prepared.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Davis keeps a few extra rolls of toilet paper in that box. A guy has to be prepared.
Here's another look inside the box.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's another look inside the box.
Moving to the console where Davis spends a bunch of time scouting out new waters and looking for schools of feeding or staging bass.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Moving to the console where Davis spends a bunch of time scouting out new waters and looking for schools of feeding or staging bass.
Dual Lowrance HDS units provide the necessary information to find fish and to mark new spots for a return visit.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Dual Lowrance HDS units provide the necessary information to find fish and to mark new spots for a return visit.
Inside the console next to his seat is a plethora of important items like sunglasses, culling equipment and ...
Photo: Thomas Allen - Inside the console next to his seat is a plethora of important items like sunglasses, culling equipment and ...
... snacks.
Photo: Thomas Allen - ... snacks.
Just like an office on the water, he said.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Just like an office on the water, he said.
Here's a brief look at the durable and stylish steering wheel.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here's a brief look at the durable and stylish steering wheel.
The overall view of the cockpit is comfortable and reliable.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The overall view of the cockpit is comfortable and reliable.
The command center is easy to reach and full of options.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The command center is easy to reach and full of options.
The throttle handle still features a trim switch, but it doesn't get as much use as the trim switch conveniently located around the steering wheel.
Photo: Thomas Allen - The throttle handle still features a trim switch, but it doesn't get as much use as the trim switch conveniently located around the steering wheel.
In the back of the boat, the port side storage compartment is usually left empty for co-anglers or camera dudes.
Photo: Thomas Allen - In the back of the boat, the port side storage compartment is usually left empty for co-anglers or camera dudes.
On the opposite side he keeps a few tools and necessary items.
Photo: Thomas Allen - On the opposite side he keeps a few tools and necessary items.
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Photo: Thomas Allen - ...
One item is a Cul-Em-Right XL Tournament Scale.
Photo: Thomas Allen - One item is a Cul-Em-Right XL Tournament Scale.
Important items can be found here, such as tools, paperwork, fire extinguisher ...
Photo: Thomas Allen - Important items can be found here, such as tools, paperwork, fire extinguisher ...
And an old fork. You never know when a casserole might break out. A man's gotta be prepared. I'd clean it off first, Clent.
Photo: Thomas Allen - And an old fork. You never know when a casserole might break out. A man's gotta be prepared. I'd clean it off first, Clent.
Spacious livewells keep fish lively and healthy.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Spacious livewells keep fish lively and healthy.
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Photo: Thomas Allen - ...
In the rear of the boat, Davis keeps additional tools.
Photo: Thomas Allen - In the rear of the boat, Davis keeps additional tools.
Here are the main power sources for trolling motors and cranking batteries.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Here are the main power sources for trolling motors and cranking batteries.
Power-Pole hydraulic pumps.
Photo: Thomas Allen - Power-Pole hydraulic pumps.
A Bob's Machine hydraulic jack plate allows for finite adjustments to the motor's height.
Photo: Thomas Allen - A Bob's Machine hydraulic jack plate allows for finite adjustments to the motor's height.
His Phoenix is powered by an Evinrude 250 E-TEC.
Photo: Thomas Allen - His Phoenix is powered by an Evinrude 250 E-TEC.
Plus, the boat is rigged with 10-foot Power-Pole Blades. </p>  <p>Thanks, Clent!
Photo: Thomas Allen - Plus, the boat is rigged with 10-foot Power-Pole Blades. Thanks, Clent!