“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

USA. Lowrance anglers dominate 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Lowrance Pro Casey Ashley wins Tournament with 7 additional anglers in the Top 10 Lowrance — a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — once again confirmed its No.1 position among America’s fishing-tournament professionals, following Lowrance Pro Casey Ashley’s 2015 Bassmaster® Classic Championship performance. In the three-day event held on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina last weekend, Ashley boated a five-fish limit each day for a total weight of 50.1 pounds to win the $300,000 top prize – nearly 4 pounds ahead of the second-place finisher.

In addition to Ashley’s championship, seven of the top 10 finishers were Lowrance Pro Team Anglers, and 16 of the top 25 also used Lowrance fishfinder/chartplotters. In the 56-competitor field, nearly 65 percent used Lowrance electronics. This was the fourth consecutive year in which a Lowrance angler won the Bassmaster Classic.

Casey used a set of HDS-12 Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chartplotters, supported with mapping solutions provided by Insight Genesis™ to identify underwater ditches that held the majority of bass he located to win the Classic. Ashley said the key to finding active fish that would bite in the frigid waters of Lake Hartwell was watching them closely on his Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch fishfinder display.

“I caught them all deep,” Ashley said, “and I completely relied on my Lowrance electronics to make it happen. I could literally watch the fish come out of the ditches and onto the flat areas. The fish were holding right on the bottom, but as soon as I started to see fish move off the bottom, I would start getting bites.

The key was marking fish that were slowly moving off the bottom as I passed over, then making a cast right back into those areas.” For more information on Lowrance and its tournament-winning fishfinding technology or to locate an authorized dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com.

 

Cool-As-Ice Ashley Taking It All In Stride

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Casey Ashley said he's become considerably more tech-savvy since winning the Bassmaster Classic 8 days ago.

"I've learned how to text and answer emails at the same time I'm talking on my phone," he said with a chuckle. "That part's been good."

A lot of other stuff that's happened since has been good, too. He said that all the attention he's received hasn't even begun to wear on him.

"It's actually a great feeling to tell the story over and over," he said. "Sometimes when I'm telling it, I'll remember stuff that I didn't remember the first couple times I told it.

"I've been there at the Champion's Toast when other people have won the Classic and I've thought about winning that trophy one day and experiencing that feeling. Then everybody leaves, and that's it. People have no idea what actually goes along with it until they do it. I've had some good friends who've been in these shoes and they told me to call them if I needed any help with any of it, and I've done that. I knew what was coming and I've prepared myself for it." Read More

 

Casey Ashley on Ike Live, March 2

PITTSGROVE, N.J. — Join newly crowned Bassmaster Classic champion Casey Ashley and runner-up Bobby Lane on Mike Iaconelli’s interactive web show, Ike Live!, Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m. ET at MikeIaconelli.com.

Ashley won the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell on Feb. 22. His Day 3 bag of 20 pounds, 3 ounces pushed his three-day total to 50 pounds, 1 ounce. He is only the third angler to win the Classic in his home state and the first ever to win on his home lake.

Lane placed second with an impressive 46-15 total, and Iaconelli pulled in a total of 42-6 on his new Abu Garcia line of rods. The three anglers will talk about the many challenges of this year’s Classic, not the least of which were frigid temperatures and freezing rain.

Fans can receive an email reminder for the show by joining Ike’s Fish Heads Nation and can opt-in to the monthly newsletter for links to videos and periodic discount offers. Fans can watch videos of previous shows at MikeIaconelli.com/IkeLive and watch or subscribe to clips on YouTube at Going Ike.

Audio versions of previous shows are now available on iTunes. To subscribe to the show, click here and click “View in iTunes.” Choose iTunes as your application. Click “Subscribe” and new shows appear in your iTunes library automatically as they become available.

 

Future of Bassmaster Classic may lie in schools

When Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old angler from Donalds, hoisted the Bassmaster Classic trophy over his head in front of a packed house at Bon Secours Wellness Arena this past Sunday evening, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream.

The dream was reaching the highest point in professional bass fishing.

All human interest facets aside, and there were plenty — winning in front of a hometown crowd, using a fishing lure that was hand-made by his father and enduring single-digit temperatures — Ashley is likely to go down in history as one of the last "old-school" bass anglers to win the Classic. Full Story

 

Casey's family reacts to Classic win

 

Another look at the final weigh-in

Another look at the final weigh-in Click Here - Casey's Classic

 


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