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Is 2007 the year of the rookie?

The question won't go away, not when young guns like Casey Ashley and Derek Remitz keep catching fish on the Elite Series. Not only are they winning events, they're showing a consistency that's remarkable given their age and experience (or relative lack of it).

But let's look at the rookie question from a fantasy fishing perspective.

While it's tempting to jump on the rookie bandwagon, it's not the smartest play for fantasy managers. Despite the success of Ashley and Remitz, you're not likely to pick up many points with rookies on your roster. Read More

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Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Casey Ashley pinpointed another key type of structure sometimes overlooked when it comes to postspawn success. In doing so, the 23-year-old angler won the Elite Series contest held during postspawn on Virginia' Smith Mountain Lake.

"In a postpsawn situation I always am looking for riprap, be it around a bridge or along a shoreline," he says. "The reason why is the shad and bluegill are typically spawning during that cycle of the spawn." Read More

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With less than an hour remaining in the final day of competition, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., boated two keeper fish on back-to-back casts. The weight of those two fish was enough to bring him victory on Sunday at the Blue Ridge Brawl presented by Adva Read More
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Final standings MONETA, Va. — Casey Ashley sat backstage as Sunday's weigh-in cranked up, playing it as cool as he could under the circumstances.

The 23-year-old rookie Elite Series angler was on the verge of a giant career leap — maybe. He carried a 4 ½-pound lead into the final day of the Blue Ridge Brawl presented by Advance Auto Parts, the sixth event of his rookie season. But he had only four fish in his bag, one short of a limit.

Would it be enough? He'd have to wait, being the last angler to weigh in.

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He looked around at the other finalists: Boyd Duckett and Takahiro Omori, both Bassmaster Classic champions; Dean Rojas, a former BASS record holder; Skeet Reese, the current Angler of the Year points leader; and Dave Wolak, the 2005 Rookie of the Year among the backstage crew.

"Look around," Ashley said. "I feel awesome, no matter if I win or lose. Why wouldn't I feel great? I'm sitting back here with the best fishermen in the world." Read More

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Day Two standings This is the sort of casual attitude that Casey Ashley (1st place, 47-9) would do well to emulate, having taken the lead when previous leader Boyd Duckett sacked only 7-11 on Day Three and fell into a tie for third with Reese.

"The only thing I could think about last night was not getting nervous," Ashley said. "You have to treat it like you're out here at a club tournament." Read More

Casey Ashley: (2nd place, 33 pounds, 1 ounce)
Fishing patterns?: "I'm fishing a pattern."
Weather change?: "No."
Cut weight?: "No idea. I thought the weights would go down [Friday], and they didn't, so I'm not even going to guess."
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Day Two standings MONETA, Va. — Boyd Duckett and Casey Ashley are sharing accommodations this week on Smith Mountain Lake. But they won't be sharing water on Day Three of the Blue Ridge Brawl presented by Advance Auto Parts.

"We're doing two totally different things," said Ashley, who trails Duckett by 13 ounces. "It won't even be an issue." Read More

"I said, 'The Classic's coming to your home lake this year. You better tighten up.'"

Casey Ashley, recounting the motivational pep talk he gave himself Thursday night before sacking a tournament-high 22-0 limit on Friday in the Blue Ridge Brawl

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Berkley pros pick hot baits for Lake Guntersville - "I've been on this lake for two days. It's a big lake; it fishes really big. There's a big shad spawn going on and I'm sure that is what it will be won on. They're spawning way out there on these hydrilla flats and the big largemouth are coming up and feeding on them. You've just got to be able to find where the bass will target the shad in those areas. It's a hard bite to pin down in just a couple of days. I did find one place but it's pretty much just getting out there and casting into this bunch of hydrilla. Read More
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EVANS, Ga. — The strategy for the 50 Bassmaster Elite Series pros fishing the Pride of Georgia presented by Evan Williams Bourbon on Saturday runs something like this: Hurry up and catch some fish, before the weather gets nice.

After weights generally increased Friday from Day One, the forecasted cloudless skies and calm conditions were bound to put a premium on the early morning bite.

"Guys are gonna have to slow down, once that sun gets up," Ashley said. Read More


“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 Ashley
Casey does not imitate or mimic country. He defines it.

He has ridden the back roads from rural Carolina all the way to victory lane of the Bassmaster Classic, leaving many people wondering who Casey Ashley is and what the secret is to winning the world championship of bass fishing.

Born and raised in Donalds, S.C., Ashley’s blood is as red as Piedmont clay and when he speaks you can hear the easy, confident flow of the Savannah River in his voice.

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