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> Day 1: 5, 18-12 Ashley said his practice was dismal until late on the final day.

"I figured out how to get bit yesterday afternoon – at least well enough to catch some keepers," he said. "I wasn't whacking on them or anything and I really didn't think they were that size, but you never really know."

He sorted through 20 keepers and caught his big one at mid-day. He took two largemouths and three smallmouths to the scale.

"I lost one early that felt like a good one, but I'm pretty sure I caught it later. It was a 4-pound smallmouth.

"I just hop-scotched around – there's a lot of other guys fishing the same stuff. Where I was it's fishing pretty small, like a bathtub. I saw John Crews a lot."

He figures he has a 50/50 chance of catching another strong bag on day 2.

"A lot of those fish got hammered today, so it's one of those deals where I just can't say." 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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