> 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