Inside Elite Boats: Jeff Gustafson

Meet Jeff Gustafson from Keewatin, Ontario, Canada. Take a look inside his 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series rig.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Meet Jeff Gustafson from Keewatin, Ontario, Canada. Take a look inside his 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series rig.
He runs a Lund 2075 Pro-V Bass boat.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He runs a Lund 2075 Pro-V Bass boat.
Let's start at the front of his rig and what he has mounted there. He has a Minn Kota Ultrex.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Let's start at the front of his rig and what he has mounted there. He has a Minn Kota Ultrex.
On his Ultrex he has the Humminbird Mega Imagining Transducer built in to the trolling motor so there is no need for mounting wires, and it's all self contained.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - On his Ultrex he has the Humminbird Mega Imagining Transducer built in to the trolling motor so there is no need for mounting wires, and it's all self contained.
He mounted a T-H Marine Hydrowave on the trolling motor shaft.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He mounted a T-H Marine Hydrowave on the trolling motor shaft.
He also is utilizing a Humminbird 360 on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He also is utilizing a Humminbird 360 on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
He uses one of his graphs to keep an eye on his Humminbird 360 when he is fishing on the front deck.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He uses one of his graphs to keep an eye on his Humminbird 360 when he is fishing on the front deck.
He runs the 112 Ultrex and loves using Spot Lock.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He runs the 112 Ultrex and loves using Spot Lock.
He has a T-H Marine G-Force handle for his trolling motor. It's a coated steel cable that won't break like some rope pull cords.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has a T-H Marine G-Force handle for his trolling motor. It's a coated steel cable that won't break like some rope pull cords.
He jumps in the boat as we check out what's inside its bins.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He jumps in the boat as we check out what's inside its bins.
Up front he runs two Humminbird Helix 10s.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Up front he runs two Humminbird Helix 10s.
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His Talon anchor buttons are on the left of his trolling motor foot pedal.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His Talon anchor buttons are on the left of his trolling motor foot pedal.
He has his Hydrowave tucked by his electronics.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has his Hydrowave tucked by his electronics.
Both of his graphs are on T-H Marine mounts like this Kong graph mount.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Both of his graphs are on T-H Marine mounts like this Kong graph mount.
In his passenger side box he has a mix of soft plastics and other tackle.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - In his passenger side box he has a mix of soft plastics and other tackle.
It may not look organized, but everything is in a package or box where Gustafson can find it.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - It may not look organized, but everything is in a package or box where Gustafson can find it.
He shows off his Plano hook box and how he stores them.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He shows off his Plano hook box and how he stores them.
He has everything from offset worm hooks...
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has everything from offset worm hooks...
To Superline offset EWG hooks...
Photo: Ronnie Moore - To Superline offset EWG hooks...
To finesse flipping hooks for finesse techniques.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - To finesse flipping hooks for finesse techniques.
Next he shows off how he stores spinnerbaits, which isn't the easiest thing to do. But these Plano tackle boxes are up to the challenge.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Next he shows off how he stores spinnerbaits, which isn't the easiest thing to do. But these Plano tackle boxes are up to the challenge.
This Z-Man Sling Bladez Double Willowleaf combination is one of his favorites.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This Z-Man Sling Bladez Double Willowleaf combination is one of his favorites.
He likes the white split tail trailers for a spinnerbait.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He likes the white split tail trailers for a spinnerbait.
His treble hook box, made by Plano, is also organized to his liking. He puts the label of each size and type on the underside lid of the box.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His treble hook box, made by Plano, is also organized to his liking. He puts the label of each size and type on the underside lid of the box.
He has foam padding under his locker lid. He will hook used baits there for the next day of fishing. He has one chatterbait there, but it will have a lot more as the season progresses.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has foam padding under his locker lid. He will hook used baits there for the next day of fishing. He has one chatterbait there, but it will have a lot more as the season progresses.
We take a look at his jerkbait arsenal and how he organizes them in a Plano tackle box.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - We take a look at his jerkbait arsenal and how he organizes them in a Plano tackle box.
He puts a small rubber band around the treble hooks to keep them from getting tangled in the box.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He puts a small rubber band around the treble hooks to keep them from getting tangled in the box.
Before sorting his chatterbaits into a divided box, he keeps them in the packaging and has the similar sizes and colors zip-tied together.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Before sorting his chatterbaits into a divided box, he keeps them in the packaging and has the similar sizes and colors zip-tied together.
This makes it easy to open them and sort them how he wants them.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This makes it easy to open them and sort them how he wants them.
His Z-Man Jackhammer Chatterbait box is one of his favorites.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His Z-Man Jackhammer Chatterbait box is one of his favorites.
As we go deeper in his box he shows off some storage bags of Elaztech plastics he has stored.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - As we go deeper in his box he shows off some storage bags of Elaztech plastics he has stored.
He keeps soft zippered bags with a marker for labeling what is inside. For instance, jig trailers and fluke style baits.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He keeps soft zippered bags with a marker for labeling what is inside. For instance, jig trailers and fluke style baits.
Gussy shows off a delivery he recently got in the mail.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Gussy shows off a delivery he recently got in the mail.
It's a shipment of tungsten!
Photo: Ronnie Moore - It's a shipment of tungsten!
Keeping them packaged until the necessary time helps keep the sizes separated and the tungsten protected.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Keeping them packaged until the necessary time helps keep the sizes separated and the tungsten protected.
Now it's time to store the tungsten in the proper slots in his Plano terminal tackle box.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Now it's time to store the tungsten in the proper slots in his Plano terminal tackle box.
Gussy heads to the center compartment to show me his rod and reel combos.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Gussy heads to the center compartment to show me his rod and reel combos.
He likes having the center box for rods and shows me how many combos he keeps at a given time.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He likes having the center box for rods and shows me how many combos he keeps at a given time.
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He says he likes to keep 20 to 30 at most and there are plenty of slots to keep them from getting tangled.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He says he likes to keep 20 to 30 at most and there are plenty of slots to keep them from getting tangled.
He loves the Shimano Expride rod.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He loves the Shimano Expride rod.
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This is one of his favorite setups in his rod locker. It's a Z-Man Jackhammer Chatterbait with a Razor Shadz as the trailer. Thrown on a Shimano Expride rod and Metanium DC reel.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This is one of his favorite setups in his rod locker. It's a Z-Man Jackhammer Chatterbait with a Razor Shadz as the trailer. Thrown on a Shimano Expride rod and Metanium DC reel.
He also keeps a paddle in the rod box for safety regulations.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He also keeps a paddle in the rod box for safety regulations.
As we dug around his boat he found a few bananas in the cooler. He said his fiancé Shelby must have brought them on a fun fishing trip because he doesn't usually have bananas in the boat.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - As we dug around his boat he found a few bananas in the cooler. He said his fiancé Shelby must have brought them on a fun fishing trip because he doesn't usually have bananas in the boat.
So on tournament day he won't be having this in here.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - So on tournament day he won't be having this in here.
Sorry banana, no hard feelings.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Sorry banana, no hard feelings.
All jokes aside, he along with plenty of other fisherman believe in the superstition about having bananas in the boat means bad luck on the water.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - All jokes aside, he along with plenty of other fisherman believe in the superstition about having bananas in the boat means bad luck on the water.
In his driver side rod locker he has some necessary things for a day of fishing.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - In his driver side rod locker he has some necessary things for a day of fishing.
He keeps his life jackets in that box.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He keeps his life jackets in that box.
And that is also where his Humminbird network is secured and all of his graphs connect into.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - And that is also where his Humminbird network is secured and all of his graphs connect into.
Unlike standard rulers that come in a boat, a Lund has a huge ruler for Walleye and other fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Unlike standard rulers that come in a boat, a Lund has a huge ruler for Walleye and other fish.
He hopes to catch a few bass that touch that far on his ruler.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He hopes to catch a few bass that touch that far on his ruler.
It has a nicely concealed place holder.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - It has a nicely concealed place holder.
At the console he also runs two Humminbird units as well.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - At the console he also runs two Humminbird units as well.
They are the MEGA Helix 10s just like the front.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - They are the MEGA Helix 10s just like the front.
He has one mounted to the console and the other on a T-H Marine Kong Mount.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has one mounted to the console and the other on a T-H Marine Kong Mount.
Instead of buttons, he has switches for his livewells, lights and other accessories on the boat.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Instead of buttons, he has switches for his livewells, lights and other accessories on the boat.
He has his T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate gauge mounted on the dash as well.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has his T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate gauge mounted on the dash as well.
In between his seats there are handles for the passengers.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - In between his seats there are handles for the passengers.
Right behind the sets is a handy rectangular box just in front of the livewells.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Right behind the sets is a handy rectangular box just in front of the livewells.
This is where he stores a few things that need to stay dry like mapping chips.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This is where he stores a few things that need to stay dry like mapping chips.
He has SD cards with previous tournament history and waypoints from when he has fished lakes in the past. One is for all the Florida lakes and the other for Lake Hartwell.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has SD cards with previous tournament history and waypoints from when he has fished lakes in the past. One is for all the Florida lakes and the other for Lake Hartwell.
Then he has all of his Humminbird Lake Master chips in a form fitting case.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Then he has all of his Humminbird Lake Master chips in a form fitting case.
He has a box with his culling equipment so it's easy to find and use.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has a box with his culling equipment so it's easy to find and use.
He shows off the T-H Marine Conservation cull clips that are non-penetrating.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He shows off the T-H Marine Conservation cull clips that are non-penetrating.
He also has all of his boat paperwork and information there as well.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He also has all of his boat paperwork and information there as well.
He has a dry box with sunglasses, cleaners, batteries, medicine like Aleve for headaches and muscle soreness from being on the water.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has a dry box with sunglasses, cleaners, batteries, medicine like Aleve for headaches and muscle soreness from being on the water.
He also stores all of his dye pens, super glue, pliers and double-A batteries in this box.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He also stores all of his dye pens, super glue, pliers and double-A batteries in this box.
Back at the livewell he has two places with a moving divider so he can fish with co-anglers but can remove it for the Elite Series events if he wants the fish to have more room.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Back at the livewell he has two places with a moving divider so he can fish with co-anglers but can remove it for the Elite Series events if he wants the fish to have more room.
Behind the passenger seat he has a spare prop, a weigh bag and other things.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Behind the passenger seat he has a spare prop, a weigh bag and other things.
The bag is important because if he breaks down for any reason and needs to jump in with another angler he can bag his fish and keep them separate from the other anglers catch.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - The bag is important because if he breaks down for any reason and needs to jump in with another angler he can bag his fish and keep them separate from the other anglers catch.
Jumper cables...
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Jumper cables...
An inconspicuous marker buoy to stay stealthy on a spot if he wants to throw one and mark his area.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - An inconspicuous marker buoy to stay stealthy on a spot if he wants to throw one and mark his area.
One of the most important things to have in the boat is a block of wood and a prop wrench. It can take a minute or two to change a prop with these tools, but without them it's basically impossible.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - One of the most important things to have in the boat is a block of wood and a prop wrench. It can take a minute or two to change a prop with these tools, but without them it's basically impossible.
In his driver side rear box he has a tool box and it's also where one of his batteries is located.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - In his driver side rear box he has a tool box and it's also where one of his batteries is located.
He uses a T-H Marine Hydra Battery Terminal Multiplier which helps keep his wires separated so they are neat and tidy instead of pushing them down on one terminal and hoping it's as tight as possible.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He uses a T-H Marine Hydra Battery Terminal Multiplier which helps keep his wires separated so they are neat and tidy instead of pushing them down on one terminal and hoping it's as tight as possible.
Gustafson also has plenty of tools. He realizes he probably has more than most anglers, but he also needs to ensure he is prepared because he often leaves his boat in the United States and flies home. He never has to worry about where he put his tool box because the one in the boat has everything he needs while at an event.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Gustafson also has plenty of tools. He realizes he probably has more than most anglers, but he also needs to ensure he is prepared because he often leaves his boat in the United States and flies home. He never has to worry about where he put his tool box because the one in the boat has everything he needs while at an event.
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He keeps a spare trolling motor prop for his Ultrex in his tool box as well.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He keeps a spare trolling motor prop for his Ultrex in his tool box as well.
His other battery box contains three more batteries. He runs four Optima 31 AGM's.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His other battery box contains three more batteries. He runs four Optima 31 AGM's.
In the back he has a Mercury 250 4-stroke to power his Lund. He also has two Minn Kota Talons for shallow water anchors.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - In the back he has a Mercury 250 4-stroke to power his Lund. He also has two Minn Kota Talons for shallow water anchors.
There is a handy light that comes on the new Talons, which helps early in the morning.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - There is a handy light that comes on the new Talons, which helps early in the morning.
He shows off how his Talons deploy. They go straight down from the case and they have models that reach 8, 10, 12 and 15 feet.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He shows off how his Talons deploy. They go straight down from the case and they have models that reach 8, 10, 12 and 15 feet.
His gas fill-up is on the back end of his Lund.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His gas fill-up is on the back end of his Lund.
He has a T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate and that's also where he mounts his Talon brackets.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has a T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate and that's also where he mounts his Talon brackets.
When he is towing his boat he uses two
Photo: Ronnie Moore - When he is towing his boat he uses two "My Wedge" motor supports to keep the motor supported from bouncing too much.
He has two different sets of transducers mounted. Here are his Humminbird MEGA transducers which give him his down and side imaging.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He has two different sets of transducers mounted. Here are his Humminbird MEGA transducers which give him his down and side imaging.
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Then he has the traditional 2D Sonar transducers mounted as well.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Then he has the traditional 2D Sonar transducers mounted as well.
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His Talons breakaway and fold forward if he is ever trying to get under a tight bridge or into an area.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His Talons breakaway and fold forward if he is ever trying to get under a tight bridge or into an area.
Simple breakaway mount pushed with your hand or foot will do the job.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Simple breakaway mount pushed with your hand or foot will do the job.
He's very impressed with the Mercury 250 4-stroke and its performance already.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He's very impressed with the Mercury 250 4-stroke and its performance already.
He runs a four-blade prop on his rig. Helps with holeshot and stability in rough water. Matches perfect with his Lund.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He runs a four-blade prop on his rig. Helps with holeshot and stability in rough water. Matches perfect with his Lund.
Thanks for the tour of your boat Gussy! Good luck on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Thanks for the tour of your boat Gussy! Good luck on the Bassmaster Elite Series.