With a million dollar smile and a voice that Nashville saw worthy of recording a couple of years ago, there’s never really a bad time to be Casey Ashley.
But right now, on a string of top finishes, starting with the Bassmaster Classic three months ago, a $100,000 win in March and most recently a Top 5 this past weekend at Toledo Bend—it’s an especially good time to be Casey Ashley.
Here’s a look at life for the music loving, jig fishing, simplistic, 30-year-old from tiny Donalds, SC.
FIVE lures Casey relies on most, noting that he takes a very simple approach to lure selection. He admits he’d prefer to fish a 1/2 –ounce Shooter Lures jig everyday if he could. 1) 1/8-ounce Shaky Head with a green pumpkin Zoom trick worm; 2) Lucky Craft 2.5 DD crankbait that runs 8 to 10’ deep on 15 pound line; 3) a homemade ½ ounce double willow spinnerbait with an unpainted head that he makes himself; 4) Shooter Lures ½-ounce jig for docks, laydowns and also swimming around vegetation; 5) Mop Jig, always in brown with a Zoom green pumpkin Super Chunk, for casting on points – and when he’s searching for a big bite.
FOUR things we found in the cab of his Tundra. It’s fair to say he nearly lives out of his truck. He’s been home a total of eight days since March 9th. 1) A pack of toilet paper; 2) a can of coffee; 3) lots of Zoom worms; 4) his guitar, he plays it two to three nights a week for fellow pros and roommates.
THREE artists he listens to most, and it’s worth noting, that even though he’s fairly young, he still buys CDs, just to read the liner notes: 1) Kenny Chesney; 2) Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album 3) Eric Church
TWO pros he spends the most time with on tour are Marty Robinson and Jonathon VanDam. He and Marty have been roommates for 12 years, encompassing their entire pro careers, and are extremely close friends.
ONE reason he believes 2014 has been so good to him: 1) Momentum. “For whatever reason, any year that I have a good Bassmaster Classic in February, it seems like I fish well the rest of the year, and I had a great Classic this year.”