Inside Elite Boats Inside Elite Boats: Cliff Crochet The 'Cajun Baby' Cliff Crochet shows off the gear and goods packed in his tournament rig. Posted on January 28, 2015 Photo: Seigo Saito - The "Cajun Baby" Cliff Crochet joined the Elite Series in 2010. As you'll see later in this boat tour, this Louisiana angler is a big fan of flipping frogs. Photo: Seigo Saito - Cliff Crochet's Skeeter FX 21 is powered by a Yamaha 250 SHO. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet considers Biobor EB fuel additive the "security blanket" that helps him guard his outboard against the effects of ethanol in his fuel. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet trolls with a Minn Kota Fortrex 101. Photo: Seigo Saito - The front deck of Crochet's boat features a Hydrowave Electronic Fish Stimulator, a Lowrance graph and up-down foot controls for his Power Pole shallow-water anchors. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet said he usually uses a "dozen or so" rods for each tournament. Photo: Seigo Saito - He normally carries about 40 rods - many of which are very technique-specific - that stay in the boat all the time and serve mainly as backups. Photo: Seigo Saito - Known as "The Cajun Baby," Crochet is a noted shallow-water frog fisherman. Photo: Seigo Saito - A closer look at the frog box. Photo: Seigo Saito - "In the right situation, there's nothing I'd rather fish than a frog," Crochet said. Photo: Seigo Saito - One of the boxes Crochet keeps filled with square-billed crankbaits. Photo: Seigo Saito - A box filled with Crochet's favorite lipless crankbait, the Rat-L-Trap. Photo: Seigo Saito - A Rat-L-Trap with more than a few teeth marks. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet uses the center box closest to the front of his boat as "just an extra box." "It's not for the main stuff, but support stuff," he said. "Every box changes every week at every tournament. The stuff in that box, thatâs the stuff I MIGHT need." Photo: Seigo Saito - The center box closer to the driverâs seat is the "work box." "Whatever Iâm throwing that week, thatâs where it'll be," Crochet said. "If I'm on Okeechobee, it'll be big weights, hooks, plastics, swim baits, big jigs. If I'm on Guntersville, it'll be crankbaits and chatterbaits and so forth." Photo: Seigo Saito - The right-side rod locker is for miscellaneous items like clothes, measuring boards, crackers and bulk baits. "God knows what youâll find in there," Crochet said. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet calls his day box a "Bomb Box." "It looks like a bomb went off in there," he said. "Plastics, a lot of what I cut off during the week ends up in that box. Iâm supposed to pick it up later, but I never do. So I end up with this weekâs junk, plus next weekâs junk, plus the next weekâs junk. It just builds up in there." Photo: Seigo Saito - The storage compartment in the floor holds used fishing line. "It's supposed to be for a spare prop, but I donât carry one. Thatâs gonna burn me one day," Crochet said. "I throw all my fishing line in there. Fishing line in the water is the worst thing. Thatâll tear up a lower unit real quick. I can keep it contained in there. I should just throw it in the trash can, but cleanliness is not my strong suit." Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet uses two Lowrance graph units on his console, and always keeps plenty of Diet Mountain Dew on hand. Photo: Seigo Saito - A K2 Cooler never leaves Crochet's boat because he hates running out of ice during the heat of summer. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet says the compartments behind the seats in his boats are proof that he's a typical angler. "Those compartments should be empty," he said. ""But as anglers, we always carry way too much. Those compartments hold all of the off-the-wall things I might need someday." Photo: Seigo Saito - One "off-the-wall" selection for Crochet is a box filled with old-school topwater plugs. Photo: Seigo Saito - More boxes are filled with floating plastics like Flukes and Senkos. Photo: Seigo Saito - Another box is filled with hard-plastic jerk baits. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet considers his "Hot Foot" throttle-control system to be one of the most important safety features on his boat. "At the Sabine River, for instance, we'll be running little bayous and sharp turns. That Hot Foot allows me to keep both hands on the wheel and control the throttle with my foot. I wouldn't run my boat without it." Photo: Seigo Saito - Crochet keeps a culling system in his livewell - always five tags for five fish. Photo: Seigo Saito - Yeah...Crochet likes his Power Pole shallow-water anchors. Photo: Seigo Saito - Thanks for the tour, Cliff! Good luck on the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series.