A lot of guys have come and gone on the Elite Series since it started in 2006. Besides the obvious difference of having a lot of new faces in 2019, what do you see as the biggest differences on tour between now and 2006? How have things evolved?
Crews: It’s gone through a couple phases. There was that initial phase when there were 11 events, and we also had some no entry-fee Major events in addition to the Classic. Fifteen events, and If you could consistently catch them, there was a good living to be made from tournament winnings. It was probably the best we’ve ever had it … Then in 2008, that recession hit and there were a lot of sponsors that pulled back and that trickled up to the tournaments. I think it was a righting of the ship … The last five years there were a few growing pains. … It took a little bit of transition time to figure it all out. Everything is digital these days and the way the tournaments are covered, the videos, the fish catches, the content — it’s all changing, and it’s for the better. And with the smaller field and some new faces, there’s a lot of new energy in the series. I think it’s going to be really special the next few years. And if you look, the average age in the series dropped about five years. I used to be one of the young guys, but not anymore.