A different kind of tough

By Casey Ashley GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Folks, I don’t want this to come across the wrong way.

I think Lake Guntersville is one of the Top 10 bass-fishing destinations in the country, and if I was going to pick a lake anywhere in America just to go fishing for fun, it would certainly be on my short list.

But this is not my favorite place for a professional bass tournament.

For what we do, it’s downright tough.

I don’t mean it’s tough to catch fish. There’s an amazing amount of bass here, and anyone who knows much at all about fishing is going to catch them. Read Full Story

 

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No Surprise A Song Aided Ashley's Classic Win

By Alan McGuckin - BassFan Those that listened closely to Casey Ashley talk from the Bassmaster Classic weigh-in stage heard him make a quick reference to a song that got inside his head the night before the final day of competition and steered him to victory.

Drill a little deeper and Ashley confirmed that the song’s lyrics lead to breaking up with his favorite lure the night before, all in an effort to capture the most celebrated 35-pound trophy in the sport the next day.

“If you’d have asked me before the Classic started to name the lure I might win on, I’d have told you a jig,” said Ashley, who eventually won on a homemade horsehead spin his father, Danny, made for him.

To those that know the humble 31-year-old’s overly simple approach to life, that answer would come as no great surprise, because while Ashley hardly one-dimensional in his lure selection, the jig is the one lure he leans on more often than any other to keep confusion out of his tournament game.

Sure enough, Ashley danced with the one that brought him as the tournament began.

“I spent a ton of time – I mean a ton of time – throwing a jig in practice and one particular day, I had 30 bites on it,” he said.

Further confessing how his love affair with a half-ounce Knights Custom Lures Dock Buster jig nearly lead him to heartbreak in the biggest tournament of his life, he admits, “The bites I had on the jig in practice gave me so much confidence that I burned 10 hours of tournament time the first two days of the Classic trying to make ‘em eat it.”

“I was lying in bed the night before the final day of competition thinking about how the jig was letting me down,” he continued, “and I’m not sure why, because I hadn’t listened to it in a while, but Why Lady Why popped into my mind. Full Story

 

Title won’t take ‘country boy’ out of Ashley

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By Mike Suchan - You can take the boy out of the country, but even a Classic victory can’t take the country out of Casey Ashley.

Ashley, two weeks removed from winning the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, admits the winner’s whirlwind is stronger than he’d imagined, but he’s aiming to keep his feet on the ground, to stay the down-home angler from Donalds, S.C.

“You all know me, I’m just a plain ole' country boy,” Ashley said. “I keep to myself.”

(To see Ashley's post-Classic visit to JM Associates to tape 'Winner's Circle', click here.)

Ashley knows being married to the title doesn’t really allow that, and he’s been busy trying to accommodate everyone in the receiving line. Winning the Classic is every angler’s dream, and he’s certainly not complaining when he admits he wasn’t quite ready for the hectic honeymoon that follows. Full Story

 

Baits of 10 Classic finalists

hf7a9516 bass-gary tramontinaBASS/Gary_TramontinaBy Bryan Brasher Before last week’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Lake Hartwell, two questions could be heard across Upstate South Carolina from Anderson to Greenville.

First: “Why would anyone fish in 10-degree weather with icicles hanging from docks and boats freezing to their trailers?

And next: “How would they catch anything in such demanding conditions?”

The why was easy. Because it was the Classic, with fishing’s most-coveted trophy and a $300,000 first-place prize at stake.

And now that it’s all over, here’s a closer look at how the world’s greatest anglers caught the fish that placed them near the top of the Classic standings:

Lure that ruled the Classic: The Fish-Head Spin

Whether it was the homemade version hand-poured by champion Casey Ashley’s father, Danny, or the one used by Jacob Powroznik, the simple-looking Fish-Head Spin put a lot of fish in the boat last week on Lake Hartwell. Full Story

 


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