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Don't wait to get started chasing Lake Wateree bass this month For late-winter success, find the food and you'll find the inshore fish Casey Ashley's Classic-winning bait was built in his father's shop Four tips for catching more winter sheepshead

Hometown hero Casey Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Hartwell

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out.Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.

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February 22 at 6:56 pm
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Japanese pro leads Bassmaster Classic with one day left on Hartwell

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.

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February 21 at 7:56 pm
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Ashley bags second solid limit, is fifth entering final day of Bassmaster Classic

There’s four fishermen and one bass standing between Casey Ashley of Donalds and the Bassmaster Classic championship. The four fishermen are Takahiro Omori, Dean Rojas, Mike Iaconelli and Randy Howell. The one bass is the big one he hasn't caught yet.

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February 21 at 7:32 pm
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Arizona pro burns up field in frigid Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?

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February 20 at 8:16 pm
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Ashley pleased, Montgomery disappointed after Bassmaster Classic opener

South Carolina’s two members of the Bassmaster Classic field had widely differing views of how Friday’s first day of the tournament on Lake Hartwell went.

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February 20 at 7:57 pm
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North Inlet marshes are full of reds, but not of fishermen

Despite the bitter cold, anglers are taking advantage of a strong redfish bite in the marshes North Inlet are reaping the rewards with daily double-digit catches. And Capt. Tommy Scarborough of Georgetown Coastal Adventures has been right in the middle of the action.

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February 20 at 12:30 pm
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Blue catfish bite has kicked off in upper end of Lake Marion on rising water

It’s only takes a few inches of rising water for the catfish action to go from okay to great in the upper end of Lake Marion, and according to Andy Pack at Packs Landing, the water is rising and the catfish action is on.

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February 20 at 8:11 am
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Bassmaster Classic pros will fight the weather as well as Hartwell's bass

Besides bass and each other, the pro fishermen who kick off competition in the Bassmasters Classic on Lake Hartwell on Friday will have another opponent: Mother Nature.

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February 19 at 7:00 pm
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Forget deep brush, go to deep docks for dead-of-winter Hartwell crappie

According to guide Doug Youngblood, one of the most-productive patterns crappie fishermen can count on in the dead of winter is targeting boat docks in deep water.

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February 18 at 6:54 am
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Mount Pleasant Pier regular sets "ultralight" sheepshead record

Gerald Grenier, aka “Jigging Jerry” landed an “ultra-light” pier record sheepshead – a 9-pound, 1-ounce fish – at the Mount Pleasant Pier on Jan. 29.

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February 16 at 6:06 pm
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High and dry isn't necessarily bad in fishing for winter reds

With winter redfish often moving as far back as they can in creeks to avoid predation from porpoises, they sometimes find themselves trapped in little backwater pools by the receding tide.

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February 13 at 7:00 am
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How and when to sue different styles of crappie jigs can improve your catch

Crappie fishermen have so many choices and options it can be confusing. So many different grub and body styles are available that one champion angler has developed specific criteria for when and how to best use each style.

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February 11 at 1:00 pm
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Are BaitBalls the next step in "multiple baitfish" presentations?

Shad, minnows and other baitfish are present in lakes, ponds, and rivers all over the Carolinas, and each spawning baitfish can lay 10s of thousands of eggs annually. According to Scott Lamprecht, a fisheries biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, only about 15 percent of the hatchlings from those eggs survive long enough to reproduce themselves. The majority fall prey to gamefish early in their life cycle, which is great news for anglers who catch bass with lures that simulate baitfish.

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February 11 at 7:30 am
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Go deep for the best black sea bass out of Murrells Inlet

Even though the sub-freezing temperatures at dawn keep reminding anglers that winter is still chugging along, the offshore bottom bite is as strong as ever. From legal species to out-of-season throwbacks, bottomfish are feasting right now, and for a local captain out of Murrells Inlet, the black sea bass are as big as ever and about to break the scales.

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February 10 at 7:30 am
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Lake Murray bass fishing has been hard to beat, except for what's to come

Not even the cold of winter can cool down the hot largemouth bass fishing on Lake Murray. Andy Wicker, a largemouth bass tournament angler out of Pomaria, said that the bass fishing has been good but now is hot.

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February 09 at 7:30 am
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Umbrella rigs are working magic on cold Lake Hartwell stripers

Striped bass anglers who are lamenting Lake Hartwell’s chilly water temperatures need only try pulling an umbrella rig to trigger fish to bite. Guide Mack Farr said he has a hard time explaining why, but umbrellas trigger strikes from striped bass that simply turn up their noses at other baits.

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February 06 at 7:30 am
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