The 2015 Bassmaster Classic unfolds in storybook fashion for Simms Pro, Casey Ashley of Donalds, South Carolina.
In the world of tournament fishing, qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic alone ranks as a lifetime achievement — actually winning it is a thrill most can’t even imagine. In the words of 2015 champion, Casey Ashley: “I’m still in disbelief.”
The Classic started in 1971 and while each winner has their own unique story, Ashley’s victory was extra special. For the first time ever, the championship trophy was awarded to a hometown angler in front of a hometown crowd and was won on a body of water Ashley has been fishing since he was a kid — Lake Hartwell.
Now that the confetti has settled, Simms caught up with the champ himself. Here, Casey Ashley reveals a few of his winning strategies and tells us what it was like to compete in, and win the most prestigious tournament in fishing. Oh and by the way, all except two of the fish Ashley weighed over the course of three days were landed on a blade runner hand-made and delivered in a zip-lock bag by his father just before the event kicked off.
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