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Day 3: Ashley takes lead in Elite Series stop on Lake Murray

Four sporadic morning hours on a topwater bite were enough to carry Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., from the runner-up spot to the top Saturday (May 14) in the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash on Lake Murray.

Helped by a 15-13 day, Ashley added up 45 pounds, 14 ounces over three days, enough for a shot at a Bassmaster Elite Series win in his home state tomorrow.
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May 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm
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Day 2: Roubmanis leads Lake Murray Elite Series event

In a second-day rally to repeat his 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series title on Lake Murray, Fred Roumbanis shot from 34th place into the lead Friday at the Carolina Clash. But close on his heels are two South Carolina pros.

With a catch of 18-4 Friday for a two-day total of 30-9, the pro from Bixby, Okla., kept two South Carolina challengers at bay, but just barely. Eight ounces back was Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., who put up 30-1 for two days. A home-lake favorite, Davy Hite of Ninety Six, S.C., fell one spot into third with 29-7 after two days.Read More...
May 14, 2011 at 8:45 am
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Kennedy takes Georgia Elite Series win, Montgomery finishes ninth

Steve Kennedy had been counting down the months ever since the 2011 Georgia Elite Series location was announced as West Point Lake more than a year ago.

“I was very confident I had a chance to win this tournament. I knew exactly what I was going to do, and it worked,” Kennedy said after coming from behind Sunday (May 8) to win the fifth stop of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series.Read More...
May 09, 2011 at 10:34 am
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CIA tournament spies plenty of sheepshead

When the Charleston Inshore Anglers sheepshead tournament rolls around each year, the secret is out that another summer of fishing tournaments is officially under way. Carl Hitchcock of James Island took first place during this year’s 19th annual event, which was held April 31.

Hitchcok beat out 150 other anglers to take home the $1,000 payday with his 8.62-pound sheepshead.Read More...
May 02, 2011 at 3:17 pm
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Rojas edges out Swindle by 1 ounce, takes fourth Bassmaster win

As they met backstage this afternoon (April 17), Dean Rojas and Gerald Swindle shook hands, then gave each other a man hug. Both smiled graciously, both teared up a little.

It was hard to tell who had just beat who, but it was Rojas who had bested Swindle by 1 ounce in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Louisiana's Toledo Bend. Rojas secured a wire-to-wire win, his second Elite Series victory. It was his fourth Bassmaster career win, one of which, like Sunday’s win, was on Toledo Bend Reservoir.Read More...
April 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm
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Dean Rojas leads going into Toledo Bend Elite Series finale

He has led for three days running, amassing 57 pounds and 7 ounces of Toledo Bend bass, so there’s no reason Dean Rojas shouldn’t believe he can close the deal Sunday in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend.

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April 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm
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Rojas grabs early lead in Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend

Dean Rojas caught 16 pounds of Toledo Bend bass by 10 a.m. Thursday. Then he got serious. He went looking for the big spawning bass and found them.

A 7-pound, 1-ounce largemouth, followed by one over 5, went into the box. He ended up with 23 pounds, 1 ounce, and the lead in the Elite Series stop on the Louisiana reservoir.
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April 15, 2011 at 9:52 am
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Aiken County WMA opens to the public Saturdays in May

Aiken County's Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on Saturdays during the month of May.

For a detailed map of the Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve, including specific rules and regulations, contact the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources office in Aiken County at 803.725.3663.Read More...
April 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm
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