Inside Elite Boats

Inside Elite Boats: Jordan Lee

Rookie of the Year candidate Jordan Lee reveals the gear he depends on during the Bassmaster Elite Series.

Alabama angler Jordan Lee is currently ranked third in the Rookie of the Year standings on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Here's a look at the boat that helps him make it all happen...
Photo: Seigo Saito - Alabama angler Jordan Lee is currently ranked third in the Rookie of the Year standings on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Here's a look at the boat that helps him make it all happen...
Lee's Legend V20 powered by a Mercury 250.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee's Legend V20 powered by a Mercury 250.
When the outboard is off, Lee uses a Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor.
Photo: Seigo Saito - When the outboard is off, Lee uses a Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor.
Besides the trolling motor, the bow of Lee's boat features a flush-mounted Lowrance HDS-12 graph. It's one of two such graphs on his boat.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Besides the trolling motor, the bow of Lee's boat features a flush-mounted Lowrance HDS-12 graph. It's one of two such graphs on his boat.
Lee uses the box to the right of his trolling motor pedal for storing soft plastics.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee uses the box to the right of his trolling motor pedal for storing soft plastics. "Whatever I’m using for the day, I keep in there so I don’t have to run back and forth," he said. "I also have a cell phone charger with a USB port and a regular cigarette lighter plug in there. It's a good place to charge your phone and keep it dry."
A look at the convenient positioning of the storage box next to Lee's trolling motor pedal.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A look at the convenient positioning of the storage box next to Lee's trolling motor pedal.
Lee usually keeps about 15 rod-and-reel combos in his left-side rod locker.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee usually keeps about 15 rod-and-reel combos in his left-side rod locker.
His rod and reel selection includes EXO and Smoke models from Quantum. He uses rod socks to protect the guides on the rods and to make them easy to slide in and out of the locker.
Photo: Seigo Saito - His rod and reel selection includes EXO and Smoke models from Quantum. He uses rod socks to protect the guides on the rods and to make them easy to slide in and out of the locker.
A closer look at one of his Quantum rod-and-reel combos.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A closer look at one of his Quantum rod-and-reel combos.
Lee says he uses his center box for
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee says he uses his center box for "hard baits, hooks and tungsten -- pretty much everything except soft plastics." At BASSfest on Kentucky Lake in June, there were times when he had as many as 15 boxes in the compartment.
The Strike King crankbait box is one of Lee's most common selections.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The Strike King crankbait box is one of Lee's most common selections.
He's especially fond of this Strike King square-bill model in black back/chartreuse, but...
Photo: Seigo Saito - He's especially fond of this Strike King square-bill model in black back/chartreuse, but...
...he has plenty of other colors to choose from.
Photo: Seigo Saito - ...he has plenty of other colors to choose from.
A white Strike King Swim Jig is another of Lee's favorite selections.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A white Strike King Swim Jig is another of Lee's favorite selections.
Then there's the obligatory frog box.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Then there's the obligatory frog box.
Lee uses boxes from Bass Mafia to hold all of his tackle.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee uses boxes from Bass Mafia to hold all of his tackle. "I really like the boxes," he said. "They hold a lot of bait, have a lot of room and they're really durable. The one that holds my tungsten, you could run over it with a truck."
Lee keeps all of his boxes neatly labeled for easy identification and access.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee keeps all of his boxes neatly labeled for easy identification and access.
In the right-side rod locker, Lee keeps bags of soft plastics. The bags, which he purchased at Lowe's, are actually designed for storing tools. But he says they're just right for plastics.
Photo: Seigo Saito - In the right-side rod locker, Lee keeps bags of soft plastics. The bags, which he purchased at Lowe's, are actually designed for storing tools. But he says they're just right for plastics.
Strike King Rage Craws serve as valuable multi-purpose trailers.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Strike King Rage Craws serve as valuable multi-purpose trailers.
Lee labels all of his bags with a Sharpie, so he doesn't have to dig through them to figure out which one is holding the bait he needs.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee labels all of his bags with a Sharpie, so he doesn't have to dig through them to figure out which one is holding the bait he needs.
Like the Rage Craw, Lee said the Strike King Menace works as a trailer on numerous baits used for a variety of techniques.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Like the Rage Craw, Lee said the Strike King Menace works as a trailer on numerous baits used for a variety of techniques. "You can use it on a football jig or a swim jig," he said. "You can skip docks with it on the back of a jig or punch it in heavy grass, too."
Lee said the Strike King Rodent is a good choice for flipping.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee said the Strike King Rodent is a good choice for flipping.
In a small box in front of the driver’s seat, Lee keeps a duffel bag with extra reels for emergency situations.
Photo: Seigo Saito - In a small box in front of the driver’s seat, Lee keeps a duffel bag with extra reels for emergency situations.
Some of his backup Quantum Reels are still in the box.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Some of his backup Quantum Reels are still in the box.
The compartment also houses several pairs of Solar Bat sunglasses from the Jordan Lee Signature Series.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The compartment also houses several pairs of Solar Bat sunglasses from the Jordan Lee Signature Series.
Lee keeps his One Agenda measuring stick on the floor in front of the passenger seat.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee keeps his One Agenda measuring stick on the floor in front of the passenger seat. "It stays put with little knobs," he said. "It doesn’t rattle around, and it's easy to slide out."
Quantum and Carhartt, two of Lee's major sponsors, are well-represented on the outside of his console.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Quantum and Carhartt, two of Lee's major sponsors, are well-represented on the outside of his console.
A Mercury Smart Craft Gauge tells Lee within 1/10 of a gallon how much gas he's used for the day. He said it's especially helpful at venues like the California Delta where long runs are a necessity.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A Mercury Smart Craft Gauge tells Lee within 1/10 of a gallon how much gas he's used for the day. He said it's especially helpful at venues like the California Delta where long runs are a necessity.
A flush-mounted Lowrance HDS-12 unit is the centerpiece of Lee's console.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A flush-mounted Lowrance HDS-12 unit is the centerpiece of Lee's console.
The deck of Lee's boat is lined with red lights from Blue Water LED. He uses red lights on the front and back decks and on his Power-Poles. All of his compartments are equipped with white lights.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The deck of Lee's boat is lined with red lights from Blue Water LED. He uses red lights on the front and back decks and on his Power-Poles. All of his compartments are equipped with white lights.
Lee keeps his balance beam and tie rope near the livewell, in between the seats.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Lee keeps his balance beam and tie rope near the livewell, in between the seats.
Behind the driver’s seat, Lee stores jumper cables, life jackets and sometimes a spare prop for his outboard.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Behind the driver’s seat, Lee stores jumper cables, life jackets and sometimes a spare prop for his outboard.
A spare trolling motor prop can also sometimes be found in the compartment behind the driver's seat.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A spare trolling motor prop can also sometimes be found in the compartment behind the driver's seat.
You never know when you might need jumper cables.
Photo: Seigo Saito - You never know when you might need jumper cables.
A tool kit is also a necessity.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A tool kit is also a necessity.
Some anglers carry spare props, some don't. But at some point, everyone ends up needing one.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Some anglers carry spare props, some don't. But at some point, everyone ends up needing one.
A look at Lee's back box with his batteries and spare oil.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A look at Lee's back box with his batteries and spare oil.
Thanks for the tour, Jordan!
Photo: Seigo Saito - Thanks for the tour, Jordan!