BassFan.com > Day 1: 5, 20-13 - Ashley found five offshore haunts during practice that were holding schools of fish. He was hoping to have one of the two most productive locales to himself today, and that's just what occurred.
"I got to go where I wanted to go," he said. "I didn't sit there all day, but there was nobody else there while I was there. I only fished the one place, but I spent time in a lot of other places trying to find other fish."
He went through about 20 keepers on the day and had all of his weight before noon. His bag was topped by a fish that was just a little under 6 pounds.
"It's no secret, I'm catching them on a football jig offshore. The only one I lost was about a 3-pounder, but I caught another one just like it on the next cast.
"I feel pretty confident about it. I don't know if I can catch 20 pounds again, but I feel like I can get a solid 14- or 15-pound bag." Read More
Each morning drive to the boat ramp in Ashley’s Toyota Tundra is saturated by country music. Today it was the sound of one of his all-time favorite artists, Kenny Chesney, and the 2005 album “Be As You Are.”
“I got to have music every mornin’. Ain’t no static comin’ from my speakers. I got to be singin’ along to sumthin’,” grins the soft-spoken Ashley, who sits solidly in fourth place after two days of hot and grinding competition at the Bassmaster Elite Series event on gigantic Toledo Bend Reservoir. Read More
"I made a bunch of wrong decisions today. I had a mental lapse on the water. Everywhere I went, the wind had trashed it out. I kept trying to force something to happen instead of adjusting to what I saw. It's fishing. I really expected to catch a couple big ones first thing this morning. I've got one stretch where big ones live and that was the only place the wind didn't mess up. The fish just didn't bite this morning. The one fish I caught was a (spotted bass). I didn't even know spots existed in this river." Read More
Twenty-eight-year-old Casey Ashley has already notched two Bassmaster Elite Series victories and four Bassmaster Classic qualifications in just five years on tour. He now joins a Quantum roster of pro anglers that is rich with legends, and prideful of its exclusivity and longevity.
“What’s crazy is how light and smooth Quantum’s new EXO and Smoke are compared to the reels and rods I was using just five years ago when I got my first Elite Series win,” said Ashley, who is an extremely simple angler, choosing the same hand-tied jig, whether he’s casting or pitching it. “It’s really obvious that the guys at Quantum have their hearts and heads in building the best products in the industry,” added the 28-year-old. Complete Story
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Casey Ashley has to be feeling pretty good about his victory in the Ramada All-Star Semi-Final, but he knows it means nothing now.
The budding country singer might just be headed into a buzzsaw, at least someone who sure wants to show out on the Alabama River. Top-seeded Ashley gets Skeet Reese in a first-round matchup of the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship. Read More
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two 3-pounders in the last 45 minutes of competition helped Casey Ashley to the win Sunday in the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash with a total weight of 61 pounds, 3 ounces.
Ashley, the leader on Day Three in the Lake Murray event, closed the deal with a fourth-day catch of 15-5. The bag gave him a 3-pound, 2-ounce margin over fellow South Carolinian Davy Hite and New Jersey’s Michael Iaconelli, who both had 58-1.
Finishing fourth was Missouri’s Brian Snowden with 57-8. Fifth was Kevin Wirth of Kentucky, who had 55-12. Day One leader Jami Fralick of South Dakota ended in ninth place, and Day Two leader Fred Roumbanis of Oklahoma wrapped up in 12th place.
Ashley’s prize was $100,000 and an instant entry into the 2012 Bassmaster Classic. Complete Story
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Four sporadic morning hours on a topwater bite were enough to carry Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., from the runner-up spot to the top Saturday in the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash on Lake Murray.
Helped by a 15-13 day, Ashley added up 45 pounds, 14 ounces over three days, enough for a shot at a Bassmaster Elite Series win in his home state on Sunday.
He bested Michael Iaconelli of Pitts Grove, N.J., by 2 pounds, 9 ounces. But with the way the lake’s been fishing, the pro from New Jersey said it’s not enough for Ashley to feel complacent.
Ashley didn’t think so either. He’d be the first — was the first, actually — to acknowledge that the Lake Murray title is in the crosshairs of any of the top pros’ sights.
“I’ll have to catch 14, 15 again tomorrow to stay up in first place, and I could be passed then even if I do catch that,” Ashley said. “It’s tough out there, and it’s a day-to-day thing. The only thing that separates somebody having 15 pounds from 12 pounds is a big bite. Yesterday and today I got a good bite. Who knows if I get one tomorrow.” Complete Story