Inside Elite Boats Inside Elite Boats: John Crews Posted on November 3, 2016 Photo: Seigo Saito - Virginia angler John Crews has fished 160 tournaments with B.A.S.S., recording 21 Top 10 finishes and a Bassmaster Elite Series victory on the California Delta in 2010. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews has earned $1,121,077.31 during his time with B.A.S.S., and much of that damage was done in a Bass Cat Eyra, powered by a Mercury 250 Pro XS. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews' trolling motor of choice is the Motorguide X5. Photo: Seigo Saito - He has his trolling motor tricked out with a G-Force Eliminator prop nut from T-H Marine and the Troll Perfect Advanced Steering Control unit. He says both remove vibration from the motor and help create a quieter ride. Photo: Seigo Saito - He also uses the ultra-popular G-Force trolling motor handle from T-H Marine. It's virtually unbreakable - no matter how often you fish - and it makes it easier to pull the trolling motor up in a hurry. Photo: Seigo Saito - The Bass Cat comes equipped with a perfect slot for a marker buoy, and Crews makes good use of the space. "If I'm fishing on a flat or an area offshore and want to be able to have a stationary marker for a reference, Iâll use that marker," he said. Photo: Seigo Saito - Inside the left rod locker, Crews usually keeps 25 to 30 rods rigged and ready to go. Photo: Seigo Saito - He uses Cashion Fishing Rods and a mixture of reels from Lew's, Shimano and Duckett. Photo: Seigo Saito - His favorite setup for Texas rigging is a 7-6 medium-heavy rod with a 3/8-ounce weight and a Missile Baits D Bomb. He fishes the lure on 22-pound Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon. Photo: Seigo Saito - The boat has two center compartments for tackle, including this one that Crews uses for soft baits. As owner of Missile Baits, he has access to a pretty stout selection of soft plastics. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews' favorite bait from the company he built is the D Bomb. "Theyâre my go-to," he said. "We've probably sold more of them - and I've probably caught more fish on them - than any other lure in our line." Photo: Seigo Saito - Here's another bait Crews designed, the Missile Baits D Stroyer. Photo: Seigo Saito - The D Stroyer has a similar body to the D Bomb, but it has a long curly tail for a different action. This color is known as green pumpkin flash. "Itâs money," Crews said of the color. "I caught a ton of fish this spring on it. Itâs really, really good all around the spawn" Photo: Seigo Saito - Here's a D Bomb in a brownish gray pattern known as super bug. "Thatâs probably my favorite color," Crews said. Photo: Seigo Saito - The all-important frog box has a good selection of Spro Bronzeye Popping Frogs. Photo: Seigo Saito - Under the lid of one compartment, Crews keeps several antique lures. "Those are just sentimental lures," he said. "One of my good friends and old team partners caught his first fish on that Hellbender. Another one was given to me by my mother-in-law. Another is a lure that a friend's mom gave him. Itâs like a sentimental lure, a hand-me-down. Those stay in the boat every year." Photo: Seigo Saito - This compartment is filled with hard baits, including several of the crankbaits Crews helped design for Spro, like the Baby DD, the Little John and the Fat John. Photo: Seigo Saito - Here's a closer look at Crews' selection of Baby DD crankbaits. Photo: Seigo Saito - And still a closer look at the Baby DDs. Photo: Seigo Saito - These are Baby DDs in two of Crews' favorite colors, citrus shad, left, and cell mate. Photo: Seigo Saito - Like many anglers, Crews uses a Sharpie to mark the outside of his tackle storage boxes for quick access. Photo: Seigo Saito - Unlike the antique lures that he keeps on the boat for sentimental reasons, Crews said these aged topwater lures still play a role in his tournament success. "Those are some of my oldies-but-goodies," he said. "I still throw them during tournaments. Sometimes that Pop-R can be really good." Photo: Seigo Saito - These Little John and Fat John crankbaits were all designed by Crews for Spro. Photo: Seigo Saito - He has a squarebill color for every situation. Photo: Seigo Saito - A lure retriever is always on board. "Itâs a must-have if youâve got any kind of valuable crankbait," Crews said. Photo: Seigo Saito - A compartment on the right side of the boat holds hats from all of Crews' sponsors. Photo: Seigo Saito - Besides hats, the compartment holds miscellaneous items like his Under Armour rain suit. Photo: Seigo Saito - It also holds a push pole for shallow-water situations when a stealthy approach is needed. Photo: Seigo Saito - A measuring board fits neatly into the dash for easy access when Crews isn't sure if a fish will quite reach the minimum tournament length limit. Photo: Seigo Saito - Scissors and pliers are kept very conveniently in an ideal location near the console. Photo: Seigo Saito - A magnetic strip known as the Gear Grabber keeps stray hooks from ending up in places they don't belong. "I've had that on my last three boats," Crews said. "It's very handy." Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews keeps the G-Force Cull System from T-H Marine inside a small glove box in front of the passenger seat. Photo: Seigo Saito - During a tournament, used plastic baits usually wind up in one spot on the floor of the boat. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews' windshield and console serve as a billboard for his many sponsors. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews says the Hot Foot pedal is a "must-have" for every boat. Photo: Seigo Saito - He also has a stereo system that he mainly uses for listening to music during practice rounds. Photo: Seigo Saito - The all-important cooler. Photo: Seigo Saito - Under the driver's seat, you'll find a few more miscellaneous items, including a rope, sunglasses and a scale. Photo: Seigo Saito Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews uses a T-H Marine Oxygenator to improve a Bass Cat livewell that he says is already the best on the market. Photo: Seigo Saito - An extra graph from Raymarine is stashed behind the seats, along with a few tools. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews keeps all of his Gamakatsu hooks in their original packages inside a Ziploc-style storage bag. "I can keep a ton of hooks in a small area that way," he said. "They donât rattle or beat against each other, and thereâs no wasted space." Photo: Seigo Saito - He says you won't find anything but Gamakatsu hooks in his boat. Photo: Seigo Saito - This box is filled with Missile Jigs, the Headbanger and Mini-Flip models. Photo: Seigo Saito - Here's a look inside the jig box. Photo: Seigo Saito - The Mini-flip is a compact, finesse-style flipping jig that comes in six colors. Photo: Seigo Saito - The Headbanger Jig has a triangular-shaped head. Crews says it'âs an "offshore, structure-type jig." Photo: Seigo Saito - A box of worm weights is marked on the outside with a Sharpie. Photo: Seigo Saito - An open look at the worm weight box. Photo: Seigo Saito - Crews runs three Lithium Pro batteries. "All three batteries weigh less than 100 pounds, and thatâs about the equivalent of one lead-acid battery," he said. "It takes out the weight of three lead-acid batteries. That takes a ton of weight out of the boat." Photo: Seigo Saito - The "Fishing with a Mission" flag stays atop Crews' light pole. It's part of his efforts to promote autism awareness. "I think autism awareness has increased quite a bit the last three or four years. We've raised thousands of dollars for various autism charities." Photo: Seigo Saito - Meditation makes the fisherman. Photo: Seigo Saito - Like most anglers, he's proud of his ride. Photo: Seigo Saito - Thanks for the tour, John!