Casey Ashley is proving that he’s one of the Tour’s best spotted bass and clear-water anglers this season. He won the second event on Tour at Lake Hartwell last month with limits of spots, and today he brought in a strong 14-pound, 10-ounce limit at Beaver Lake.
“I came here and practiced for three days from daylight to dark,” said Ashley, who’s fishing in his first tournament on Beaver this week. “I wanted to see everything. I found one good area where I caught three good ones. It’s just hard to get good bites.”
His best success has come by covering water in the clearer parts of the lake and “fishing the wind.”
“The wind makes them bite here,” he said. “I caught more fish today in the wind than all three practice days combined. The clear water is more stable this time of year. But if it gets slick tomorrow, it’s going to get tough.”
Like Thrift, Ashley caught his three best fish with a shaky head – he actually has three shaky heads rigged and ready on his deck.
His plan for Friday is to start in the same places that produced today, but to have his boat gassed up and ready to roll to new areas the instant the conditions suggest that a change is necessary.