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Casey Ashley relied on a homemade spin-head jig and a Zoom Super Fluke Junior to win the Bassmaster Classic. Casey Ashley's Classic-winning bait was built in his father's shop

If you followed the 2015 Bassmaster Classic held last week on Lake Hartwell, the second-hardest thing to do – behind keeping your fingers from freezing solid – was getting one of the pro fishermen to give up the identity of his lure. But when the Classic was over and South Carolina pro Casey Ashley emerged as the winner, his big secret lure being something his father build in his basement shop.


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A big Mop Jig and soft-plastic trailer is considered one of the best big-fish combinations on the market. Mop up a big jig fish now

I don’t make any bones about what and how I like to fish in February. I am going to tie on a big Mop Jig, because February — and March — are the two best months here in South Carolina to catch a big bass. I think a big Mop Jig is the No. 1 bait, because with a soft-plastic trailer, it’s about the best way to imitate a crawfish that we have.


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Chum, use heavy tackle, set  your reel's drag tight and fish around structure and you'll catch more sheepshead. Try these four tips to catch more winter sheepshead in South Carolina waters

The sheepshead bite in the Beaufort area has been pretty hot for anglers willing to put in the time during the cold weather. A fiddler crab jigged straight down beside a bridge piling along with some patience is about all it takes to get a bite from these saltwater panfish, but anglers looking to increase their hookup ratio will see good results if they follow a few tips from John Long of Lady’s Island. Long doesn’t mind dedicating a full day to pursuing sheepshead exclusively, and he’s learned a few tricks over the past few decades.


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The Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet is a reintroduction of an old bait that will flat out catch fish. Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet

Give Theophile Bourgeois a new artificial lure with so much upside to it and he’s as happy as speckled trout and redfish chasing tasty mullet.


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Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., lands a nice Lake Hartwell bass on the way to winning the Bassmaster Classic. Hometown hero Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake 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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Japanese bass pro Takahiro Omori leads the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell entering Sunday's final day of competition. Omori leads Bassmaster Classic entering final day on Lake 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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Casey Ashley enters Sunday's final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell in fifth place, less than two pounds out of the lead. Ashley bags second-straight solid limit, is fifth entering final day of 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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Dean Rojas of Arizona leads the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell through the first round. Arizona pro burns up frigid Lake Hartwell for first-round Bassmaster lead

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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Casey Ashley of Donalds puts a Lake Hartwell bass in his boat in the Bassmaster Classic. 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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Cold weather has cleared the North Inlet marshes of fishermen, but the redfish are still there and biting up a storm. 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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Steve Pack and Jacob Chalmers show off the kind of blue catfish that have been biting on the upper end of Lake Marion. Blue catfish bite kicks 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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Bass pro Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg was wrapped up like a mummy for Wednesday's final practice day for this weekend's Basssmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. Bassmaster Classic pros will be fighting 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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Not all anglers need huge boats. And, as pro anglers Scott and Marty Glorvigen know, smaller electronics better fit the smaller crafts most families use. One size doesn’t fit all

Every now and then, as I poke along through life, I’m hit with small blasts of clarity. Usually, it isn’t over anything new, just a clarification of a fuzzy thought that’s been lurking in the back of my mind.


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Rather than battling the elements out in the main lake, wintertime crappie anglers can find fish stacked up under deep water boat docks that provide both shade and cover for the fish. 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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