Kayak bass fishing Inside Elite Kayaks: Combs’ Old Town Kayak Posted on April 25, 2020 Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combs is best known as a Bassmaster Elite Series pro, but he loves to spend time in his Old Town Predator PDL kayak when heâs not traveling the country. Here is a look at his kayak and why these little vessels are perfect fishing platforms. Photo: Andy Crawford - Transporting his kayaks is a breeze with a Yakima kayak trailer. Itâs very light but sturdy enough to handle the rigors of the road. And it folds up for storage. Photo: Andy Crawford - The wheels of this kayak trailer look like souped-up bike tires, but Keith Combs said they are tough and include bearings that donât limit travel speeds. Photo: Andy Crawford - Prominent lights ensure other drivers know exactly what Combs is doing while on the road. And because they are LEDs they will last for years. Photo: Andy Crawford - Pull a cotter pin and unlock the tongue to begin the process of folding the Yakima trailer so it can be stored flat against a wall. Photo: Andy Crawford - The trailer features shock absorbers on independent suspension that ensure both wheels maintain contact for safe, stable travel. A cotter pin allows the wheels to be folded for storage. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combâs Yakima kayak trailer is tough and carries 250 pounds with the stock suspension. Upgrade the suspension and you can boost the carrying capacity to 350 pounds. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Element Seating System allows Keith Combs to adjust the seat to ensure heâs positioned perfectly to allow him to work the PDL propulsion system. The seat construction allows all-day fishing in complete comfort. Photo: Andy Crawford - The heart of the PDL propulsion system is the two-blade prop that pushes an amazing amount of water, allowing Keith Combs to easily position his kayak to effectively work any cover. Photo: Andy Crawford - Even though his kayak is pedal-driven, Keith Combs always has a two-piece kayak paddle strapped to the side of his boat. Photo: Andy Crawford - The paddle is held out of the way with a secure clip system on the side of the kayak. Photo: Andy Crawford - A life preserver is a critical piece of gear for any kayak angler. Keith Combs always wears one just in case he falls out of his kayak. Itâs important to have life preserver that allows full movement while reaching for tackle, casting and fighting bass. Photo: Andy Crawford - The rudder folds up for storage while traveling. Photo: Andy Crawford - One of the beautiful things about a kayak is that it can be dropped into the water anywhere. Photo: Andy Crawford - Two rod holders behind the seat keep Keith Combsâ primary rods within easy reach. A large, open storage area with bungies keep other rods and tackle securely in place. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combs uses his paddle for pushing off from the bank and maneuvering when he is too shallow to use the propulsion system. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combs keeps his tackle selection simple, since thereâs limited storage on the small craft. He uses a single Bass Mafia box to contain all the tackle heâll use for the day. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combs stores his tacklebox below the seat of his kayak so he can quickly switch lures. Photo: Andy Crawford - The rudder of the kayak allows Keith Combs to turn his craft on a dime. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Old Town PDL Drive propulsion system is powered by pedals that turn a prop, providing ample power for even windy days. The propulsion system also locks into the hull, preventing water from welling up in the bottom of the kayak. Photo: Andy Crawford - This handle deploys the rudder from a stowed position. Photo: Andy Crawford - A switch on the left side of the hull turns the rudder that steers the boat right and left. Photo: Andy Crawford - Everything Keith Combs needs, from his tackle to his rods to the paddle, is located within easy reach. Photo: Andy Crawford - Waterproof storage is located inside the hull for any extra gear. Photo: Andy Crawford - Old Townâs PDL Drive system is powerful, pushing the boat at high speeds that leave a wake behind the kayak. Photo: Andy Crawford - One of the beauties of fishing out of a kayak is the ability to get in waters larger boats canât reach. Photo: Andy Crawford - The stable design of the kayak keeps Keith Combs safe, even when he turns to reach for gear behind the seat. Photo: Andy Crawford - The Old Town Predator hull is so stable, Combs can stand to fish if he needs a higher vantage point or wants to stretch his legs. Photo: Andy Crawford - The PDL Drive propulsion system keeps his hands free to fish while he positions his kayak to most effectively pick apart his target. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combsâ kayak doesnât even wobble when setting the hook hard on a bass. Photo: Andy Crawford - The sturdy construction of the Old Town provides a stable platform for battling and landing hard-fighting bass. Photo: Andy Crawford - ... Photo: Andy Crawford - ... Photo: Andy Crawford - Kayak anglers might not be able to move around a lot, but that doesnât mean you canât catch a lot of fish. In fact, Keith Combs said it makes him a better angler because he learns how to fish an area harder and more thoroughly.