John Crews of Virginia competed six years on the FLW Tour and qualified for three FLW Cup championships before moving to the Bassmaster Elite Series full time. He has since won one tournament, secured 18 top-10 finishes, and qualified for the Bassmaster Classic eight times.
Crews pick is the Missile Baits Tomahawk 8.75 worm, which has twin tails. One of his favorite colors is Melon Cinnamon Purple. It has a dark watermelon on top and a brownish-purple on bottom. He fishes this all summer.
Crews Texas-rigs the Tomahawk with a 5/16 slip weight and 5/0 Gamakatsu offset round bend hook. He starts with the 5/16ths and then adjusts the weight as needed for a slower or quickerfall. Crews fishes the worm on 14-pound Vicious Elite Fluorocarbon and a 7-foot heavy action Pinnacle Perfecta DHC5 rod with a Pinnacle Optimus LTE 7.1:1 ratio reel.
Where To Fish It
Crews loves the versatility of the Tomahawk for fishing in farm ponds, shallow water, deeper drop-offs and ledges, humps, mussel beds,and for flipping around docks and shoreline brush and grass.
How To Fish It
“I love to deep crank with SPRO Little John crankbaits in summer but cranking has its windows. You can’t take that SPRO deep crankbait to a pond or if you have shallow grass. The Tomahawk stays in boat all the time. Even when deep cranking I have the worm and it’s my cleanup worm. If I find a school and catch two or three on the crankbait, I will throw the worm and maybe get one or two more that maybe didn’t hit the crankbait.”
Why It Works
“I can do so much with this and in a major river or lake as well as a smaller pond,” Crews said. “Flip it, swim it, drag it. Both tails move with the slightest twitch or movement in the water. The more I fish it, the more confidence I get with it.”