“You always dream of fishing the Bassmaster Classic on your home lake, but to be able to win it on your home lake? This is a dream come true.” - Casey

Casey Ashley on Ike Live, March 2

PITTSGROVE, N.J. — Join newly crowned Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley and runner-up Bobby Lane on Mike Iaconelli’s interactive web show, Ike Live!, Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m. ET at MikeIaconelli.com.

Ashley won the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell on Feb. 22. His Day 3 bag of 20 pounds, 3 ounces pushed his three-day total to 50 pounds, 1 ounce. He is only the third angler to win the Classic in his home state and the first ever to win on his home lake.

Lane placed second with an impressive 46-15 total, and Iaconelli pulled in a total of 42-6 on his new Abu Garcia line of rods. The three anglers will talk about the many challenges of this year’s Classic, not the least of which were frigid temperatures and freezing rain.

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Future of Bassmaster Classic may lie in schools

When Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old angler from Donalds, hoisted the Bassmaster Classic trophy over his head in front of a packed house at Bon Secours Wellness Arena this past Sunday evening, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream.

The dream was reaching the highest point in professional bass fishing.

All human interest facets aside, and there were plenty — winning in front of a hometown crowd, using a fishing lure that was hand-made by his father and enduring single-digit temperatures — Ashley is likely to go down in history as one of the last "old-school" bass anglers to win the Classic. Full Story

 

Casey's family reacts to Classic win

 

Another look at the final weigh-in

Another look at the final weigh-in Click Here - Casey's Classic

 

Say What!? Conditions Played Into Ashley’s Hands

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Record-breaking cold. Plummeting water temperatures. A massive lake smack full of bass in a state of flux as a result of the arctic blast.

Everything about this year’s Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell seemed to line up against the anglers to make it one of the most grueling Classics in the 45-year history of the tournament. The pressure and intensity of the event is one thing when conditions are prime and the fish are chewing, but it may be a while before this particular Classic is surpassed in terms of the unique variables the competitors had to deal with on the water.

Ice on rod guides, ice on reels, frozen livewells, boats frozen to trailers – things bass anglers typically don’t have to deal with on a regular basis – were just some of the headache-inducers the Classic qualifiers encountered during the event. For Casey Ashley, a three-time Elite Series winner who also won an FLW Tour event at Hartwell early last March, he had to deal with all of that plus the burden and expectations that come with being the hometown favorite.

Ashley displayed an unflappable confidence all through the event and, in fact, believes the ever-changing weather conditions – temperatures ranged from a low of 10 on Friday to a high of 55 on Sunday – worked in his favor. When the stakes were at their peak on Sunday, Ashley had made-to-order conditions for his under-spin pattern in the form of clouds and off-and-on rain. The low-light conditions were prime for him to target fish hanging on a creek channel edge near Party Island.

“I knew the first day I had an area with a good many fish in it and they were the right size,” he said. “Did I think I could win out of that? No, but I knew I could go in there and get a solid limit to start with and then I’d have a chance to go run my deal with a jig fishing docks the rest of the day. After two days, that checked up very short so (Sunday) with it being so overcast and raining, that is the day you want to pick to throw that (under-spin). The weather played into my hands big time.” Read More

 

Casey Ashley’s hometown proud of his accomplishments on the lake

 


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