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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

Casey Ashley's Debut CD "Released"

6 Song CD featuring:

Sailing Down Dirt Roads
Moonlight Crush - Sunshine
That's What I'm Fishin For
Radio - Fisherman

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The guaranteed Bassmaster Classic spot (if you win a regular season Elite Series event) is really something. The Classic is special. It isn’t just the money. It’s the only tournament where we all stay in the same place and do the same things. We get to talk and spend time together. I enjoy that. Complete Story

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

By Deb Johnson - Casey Ashley released a CD of new songs this week during the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash.

The 27-year-old pro’s latest development in his singing career is Release, a six-song demo CD, at

“I’m excited to see where it goes,” he said. Complete Story

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s a tight tournament on Lake Murray, and Elite anglers say the waning blueback herring spawn and Friday’s sunny conditions are the reason for the lack of separation on the leaderboard.

After Day Two of the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash, less than 4 pounds separate leader Fred Roumbanis and fifth-place angler Rick Clunn. Jami Fralick, the Day One leader who fell to 10th place Friday, only needs to make up a little more than 4 pounds to catch up to Roumbanis.

“In any tournament, but this one especially, one big fish can carry you a long way,” said Casey Ashley, who sits in second place with 30-1, trailing Roumbanis by half a pound. “The only thing that separated me from some of the others was a couple of quality bites. That’s what you’ve got to contend with here.” Complete Story

Elite Series Angler Casey Ashley has been on the Costa Del Mar team since 2007, however, this year they have signed him to the title spot. With this position comes a Costa-wrapped Triton boat, Costa Jersey, and Costa Sunglasses with the 580 lenses. Ashley typically wears Costa’s Corbina and Harpoon frames with 580 green mirror and 580 copper lenses. As Ashley says, “I’ve been a fan of Costa’s for a long time, and not just because their sunglasses let me see the fish more clearly. Costa practices what it preaches when it comes to protecting the sport I love, and I’m proud to be a part of their team.” In recent events, Ashley has taken 18th in the Elite Series Sunshine Showdown in Tavares, FL, as well as a 10th place finish in the Elite Series Citrus Slam that just concluded this weekend on the St. John’s River. He currently has six more Elite Series events lined up through June. In addition to Casey Ashley’s success as an Elite Series Bass Angler, he has also experienced success in his musical career by performing live on the Costa Stage at the Bassmaster Classic back in February, as well as recording music in Nashville, Tennessee. Be sure to check out his song “Fisherman“ on the Casey Ashley website if you have a chance, I was thoroughly impressed. Keep an eye for more news from Costa Del Mar; their sponsors are currently tearing it up in both the fishing and music industries. Read More
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Costa sunglasses recently signed on as the title sponsor for Bassmaster Elite Series angler Casey Ashley. The news comes as Ashley prepares to compete in the 2011 Elite Series, starting with The Sunshine Showdown Mar. 10 - 13, in Tavares, Fla.

This is Ashley's fifth year competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series, with nine Top 10 tournament finishes to his name. He has been a member of Costa's pro staff since 2007. This year, as title sponsor, Costa will custom wrap Ashley's Triton boat and Toyota Tundra, as well as design his tournament jerseys. Ashley wears Costa's Corbina and Harpoon frames with 580 green mirror and 580 copper lenses. Read Complete Story

“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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