After bouncing around for an hour and catching several short fish, Ashley returned to his sweet spot to run out the last 45 minutes. He manages to catch one bass that let's him cull up a few ounces
Ashley moves for the third time since leaving his sweet spot. He's trying different baits and patterns hoping for a last minute kicker. He needs it badly.
Ashley hears the clock ticking. It prompts him to leave the spot he's been fishing since the start of the Classic. After 30 minutes there without a bite he moves again.
The water where Ashley is fishing is flat calm with bright sunshine beating down. He needs a kicker fish to keep pace with the leaders. There's still time but the bass aren't helping.
Ashley's bites are coming so slowly that only two fans have hung around to watch him. Ashley looks calm and collected but he has to be feeling the pressure. He stops to rig up a bait that he hasn't shown to the bass yet during this Classic. He gives it two casts and goes back to what he had been doing.
My boat driver, Phil Williams, and I just checked out two other creeks looking for other pros to photograph. We didn't find any. Other than Cliff Prince, I don't believe there's another pro fishing within 5 miles of Ashley. If his bass cooperate, he's going to have them to himself.
Casey Ashley is working hard for every bite. His persistence just paid off with another solid bass that allowed him to cull. He still needs a few more quality bass to get over the 20-pound threshold.
Casey Ashley's move to expand his territory pays off. He hooks a good bass that reluctantly comes to the boat where Ashley lip-lands it. The 4-pound bass lets him cull. I was wrong on my last blog when I said he had only four. He must have snuck one in on me when I was shooting Cliff Pirch.