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Angler Profile: John Crews
by Brian Christianson
Awhile back, our staff at Futurebass.com was asked to provide an angler profile on any accomplished fisherman of our choice. At the time, it just so happened that I was in an email conversation with BASS Elite Series Professional, John Crews, about the Federation and its youth program. During this email exchange, I had inquired about possibly doing an interview with me for Futurebass.com and he generously agreed. It was an honor for me to be able to chat with him for awhile about his professional fishing career and his aspirations for 2008.
John grew up fishing a pond in his backyard that his Dad had built and quickly had a distinct interest in catching largemouth bass out of that pond. He used this largemouth stocked pond to learn about new lures and techniques, most of which he read about from Bassmaster magazine. Finally, at the age of 15, he and his cousin, Charles Morse, got into the tournament scene fishing local events and later some Red Manís. John continued gaining interest in the sport by fishing amateur events and when he reached college, he knew it was time to give it a shot at the next level. After some great success along with a few bumps in the road, John finally reached the top and is fishing with the best of them within the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW. His resume speaks for itself!
How do you normally get yourself prepared for a tournament?
I would break that answer into two categories, those being places Iíve fished before and places that I have not. Bodies of water that Iíve fished before I normally wonít do the extensive research and will get a hold of some local contacts to see if anything has changed with the water, whether it be the weeds or its water clarity. I also look for what kinds of patterns have been successful in recent tournaments.
With places I have not been before, I try not to get too specific with my questions and will usually do more research on my own for that body of water. I will study what types of cover the fish may relate to and also what depths they may be holding at. During practice I will have no less than 10 rods on the deck to figure out lure presentations and speed to see how I can get the most aggressive bites.
What is one of the major mistakes you see anglers make on the water?
The biggest mistake I see anglers making is how they present the bait they are using. Some anglers will not adjust their presentation whether it is the type of retrieve or the lure speed to entice more bites. I think that plays a huge role in a fishermanís success. I believe that the line size and type of rod youíre using is also a big factor, it allows you to have a better success rate when getting your fish in the boat.
How do you adjust to fishing pressure and/or different weather conditions?
Wind and clouds are obviously the two biggest variables. Sometimes you want sun and no wind to help out the pattern youíre on and sometimes youíd prefer it to be overcast with a light wind. Much of it depends on the water clarity as well. The more stained the water is, the more you want to see the sun. This will push the fish tighter to cover and make them easier to pinpoint.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
I think my biggest achievement would be my 4th straight Classic appearance. Working your way to the Bassmaster Classic is a goal for many anglers and I am very pleased to be fishing the Classic a fourth consecutive time.
What are your goals for 2008?
My goal for 2008 is to put myself in contention to win the Bassmaster Classic and also to stay in contention for the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title. At the Classic two years ago, I knew that I wasnít on the fish to win the Classic. This last year, I had the fish going to finish in the top five, but just didnít execute like I shouldíve. Many times I have looked back on that tournament and knew that I didnít give it my all. To win a tournament that big with that many great anglers, you need 100% effort and focus on every cast you make. I feel like that cost me the tournament.
I would like to thank John for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak with me. He was a pleasure to chat with and I look forward to meeting him this year at the Elite Series in Ft. Madison, IA! Please visit Johnís newly remodeled website at johncrews.com for videos, photos, schedule, fishing tips and more.
Brian Christianson, Futurebass.com Pro Staff