Bassmaster Elite Series angler John Crews discusses his benefit work for autism with tournament emcee Dave Mercer.
Dave Mercer wants bidders to go crazy, sort of.
On stage as emcee for last week’s A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite on Table Rock Lake, he made a point to speak at length with angler John Crews. Although Crews made the cut and finished 31st, fishing took a backseat to something near and dear to both.
Crews wears specially designed jerseys during April’s Autism Awareness Month and auctions them. The proceeds go to Autism Speaks and other charities helping those affected by the brain disorder.
Crews informed the crowd to watch his Facebook for the eBay auction of his jersey featuring interlocking puzzle pieces, a symbol for autism.
Mercer’s daughter, Cadance, has autism, and the Facts of Fishing host stepped right in to help the cause, even though last year Crews’ tournament jersey garnered more than $600.
By Todd Ceisner
Bull Shoals Lake got lucky it’s not on the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule.
That’s the attitude John Crews is taking after the White River impoundment got the best of him 2 years in a row. He rarely gets fooled three times. Heck, looking back over the past 4 seasons, Crews seems to hardly get fooled at all anymore. He says it’s a credit to his preparation and those he prepares with.
The Virginian is coming off his finest Elite Series campaign, having finished 7th in points after posting a pair of 3rd-place finishes and missing the money cut just once. Since 2010, when he opened the season with a victory at the California Delta, he’s been a mainstay among the Top 30 in points.