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> Day 2: 5, 20-14 (10, 42-12)  In 2015, Ashley targeted largemouth and wound up finishing 29th at the St. Lawrence. This week, with smallmouth scattered between deeper and shallow water, he’s leaving the largemouth alone. 

“In years past, the fish have been pretty deep and I’m not good at that,” he said. “Right now, they’re deep and shallow so the smallmouth are more in the wheelhouse for me.”

Now he finds himself sandwiched between smallmouth mavens named VanDam entering the weekend. 

“I’ll take it every time,” he said. 

He’s been able to build a good foundation each day off one particular spot he’s had to himself. He caught a limit there Thursday and left. Today, he sacked 18 pounds and caught his upgrades elsewhere. He’s yet to go back to it later in the day. 

“There are a lot of good fish there – 3s and 4s, but no big ones,” he said. “I’ve been done with it by 8:30 each morning and it’s an hour ride to get there.”

If it’s good to him again tomorrow, he said he’ll probably leave with the hope to fish it hard on Sunday

“I have other places with good ones, but there’s been a lot of pressure on those spots,” he added. “The field got cut in half so we’ll see. If I can’t cull, I might go back and see what happens.”

He’s relied on standard smallmouth tactics (dropshot, tube, swimbait, jerkbait) so far and sees no reason to change the rest of the way. 

“I’m not reinventing the wheel. I just found a good spot,” he said.  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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