Ultimate Bass

Casey Ashley Wins Lake Murray

Casey Ashley Bassmaster Elite Series Pro

Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., won the Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash on Sunday with a total weight of 61 pounds, 3 ounces.

The leader on Day Three, Ashley closed the deal with a fourth-day catch of 15-5. He won with a 3-pound, 2-ounce margin over fellow South Carolinian Davy Hite and New Jersey’s Michael Iaconelli, who tied for second place at 58-1.

Ashley’s prize was $100,000 and an instant entry into the 2012 Bassmaster Classic.

It was Ashley’s second Bassmaster Elite Series win. His first was in 2007, his rookie year. The two wins feel very different, he said.

“The win at Smith Mountain Lake was special because it was my first, and in my first year on tour. I really didn’t know then what it meant to win,” he said.

“Now I know they’re hard to come by. I’m glad I won, but I’m real glad I won in South Carolina with all my family and friends.”

Two 3-pounders in the last 45 minutes of fishing put Ashley over the top. He took both on a shaky head rig after deciding that finesse techniques was what he had to do to correct a day that began slow and shut down quickly.

He had started fishing Sunday in what he said turned out to be the wrong choice of spots.

“The fish were there, but they just wouldn’t bite,” he said.

About two hours into his day, he made an adjustment by going to a new spot that got him going with a 3-pounder. He left it, came back, then lost a big one, and came back to catch another fish.

“And then it was over,” he said. “I had to go totally to finesse fishing after that.”

Sunday’s biggest bass, a 4-8, was brought in by Brian Snowden. But the 6-9 weighed by Day One leader Jami Fralick won the Berkley Big Bass of the Tournament competition for a $500 bonus.

2011 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2011 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Lowrance, Luck “E” Strike, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ramada

FINAL STANDINGS- EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON CAROLINA CLASH

2011 Evan William Bourbon Carolina Clash – Columbia, SC 5/12-5/15

Lake Murray, Columbia SC.

(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 20 61-03 310 $101,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 15-04 Day 3: 5 15-13 Day 4: 5 15-05

2. Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 20 58-01 295 $25,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 5 13-00 Day 3: 5 11-12 Day 4: 5 16-14

3. Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 20 58-01 290 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-13 Day 2: 5 13-02 Day 3: 5 16-06 Day 4: 5 14-12

4. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 20 57-08 285 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 13-01 Day 3: 5 12-12 Day 4: 5 16-07

5. Kevin Wirth Crestwood, KY 20 55-12 280 $14,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 13-03 Day 3: 5 15-03 Day 4: 5 13-11

6. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 20 55-02 276 $13,500.00
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 5 10-15 Day 3: 5 16-07 Day 4: 5 13-02

7. Jeff Connella Bentley, LA 20 55-00 272 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 13-05 Day 3: 5 14-11 Day 4: 5 12-12

8. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 20 54-13 268 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 10-10 Day 3: 5 18-08 Day 4: 5 15-01

9. Jami Fralick Martin, SD 20 53-07 269 $12,500.00
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 08-12 Day 3: 5 14-15 Day 4: 5 12-03

10. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 20 48-11 260 $11,500.00
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 5 11-13 Day 4: 5 09-02

11. Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 20 48-08 257 $11,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 10-03 Day 3: 5 14-09 Day 4: 5 09-08

12. Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 20 47-02 259 $10,500.00
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 18-04 Day 3: 5 07-14 Day 4: 5 08-11

BERKLEY BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
Jami Fralick Martin, SD 06-09 $500.00

TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR POINTS

2011 Points Report

PROFESSIONAL

ELITE SERIES

as of 15-May-2011

Angler Points Lbs-Oz

1 Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 1,490 189- 0
2 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 1,471 187-10
3 Alton Jones Waco, TX 1,471 183- 8
4 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 1,437 176- 6
5 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 1,392 152- 1
6 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 1,378 161- 3
7 Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 1,376 169- 9
8 Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 1,373 171-13
9 Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 1,370 169-11
10 Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 1,353 162-13
11 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 1,331 174- 4
12 Dustin Wilks Rocky Mount, NC 1,325 166- 9

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