Ashley wins wire-to-wire at Hartwell


imageIt was some of the worst fishing conditions an angler could imagine, but we imagine Casey Ashley didn’t mind them.

With anglers battling freezing temperatures, wind, rain and fog during the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell, local pro Ashley won wire-to-wire for his first tour victory.

Ashley had been in a slump, only cracking the top 40 once in his last five Major events prior to the Bassmaster Classic. Now, he’s finished 11th and first in his last two events. Those last two events have jumped him 42 places in the last month, with his victory putting him in 81st in the Majors Ranking.

Meanwhile, Andy Morgan only gained a tighter grip on the No. 1 spot after finishing second at Hartwell. Then we had four FLW pros who all climbed a lone spot — Cody Meyer (now eighth), Brent Ehrler (11th), David Dudley (13th) and Mark Rose (14th).

As for the big movers in the top 50 after Hartwell, Stacey King and Michael Neal both enjoyed large jumps. King is now in 33rd after jumping seven spots, and Neal is in 35th after climbing eight. The opposite could be said for Troy Morrow. Despite being a Hartwell local, he had a tournament to forget and dropped from 27th to 43rd.


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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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