Missile Check

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 Apr 1st, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Apr 1st, 2013 at 12:00 AM

The first leg of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series is in the books. Missile Baits pro John Crews is in good shape in the Angler of the Year points moving forward. Crews sits in the 8 spot after two of eight regular season tournaments. Thanks to his 13 years of tournament experience and his skills at juggling business, family and professional fishing, Crews appears to be continuing his performance as a top pro in the Elite Series.

John Crews (Photo BassFIRST)

Crews has confidence heading into the second leg.

“I feel really good,” said Crews. “It feels like a continuation of the last couple of years for me. Things are going well and I am confident I can catch fish anywhere we go. Maybe I can even scare a few people.”

The proper mindset is necessary to have consistent results as a pro angler.

“You can tell some anglers are just not where they need to be mentally,” said Crews. “I mean just how they say things, you can tell their focus isn’t all on the fishing. Guys say I hope I cash a check or I need to cash a check. It’s all how you approach it.

“Even if you really need to cash a check to pay something, you still need to be able to drop it all and focus on the event. Whether that is business or whatever, you need to be able to focus.

“For me it’s the 13 years of doing this and learning how to mentally condition myself. The anglers out here all have the talent, but just like pro athletes in other sports, you rarely come out and win right off. It takes a while to get the mental conditioning part down.”

So, how does Crews relax during his down time between events? Work and family.

“I just got home and things are going 100 miles per hour around here,” said Crews. “Working on office stuff for Missile Baits. We have two new products in development and hopefully coming out for ICAST.

“Then we are going to New York for Spring Break to visit my wife’s family. Fortunately, this is all working out well because I decided to only fish the Elites this year to allow time for my family and business. It is working out well.”

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