Casey Ashley Regains Day Three Lead at 2016 BASSfest at Lake Texoma

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2016 B.A.S.S. Elite Series BASSfest Lake Texoma Day Three Leader Casey Ashley - photo by Seigo Saito - Bassmaster

2016 B.A.S.S. Elite Series BASSfest Lake Texoma Day Three Leader Casey Ashley – photo by Seigo Saito – Bassmaster

DURANT, Okla. — Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., bounced back to reclaim the lead today after bringing 17 pounds, 5 ounces to the scale during the semi-final round of GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort at Lake Texoma.

Ashley’s limit of bass bumped his three-day total to 51-15, which is more than 3 pounds ahead of Gerald Swindle of Warrior, Ala., who now sits in second.

“The morning hours are very important to producing a solid limit,” Ashley said. “Once the sun gets high, the fish seem more reluctant to bite. It’s flat-out challenging to cull up during the afternoon.”

Even after three days of competition and several official practice days, the 2015 Bassmaster Classic champion said that he still isn’t locked in on a specific pattern, but the fishing remains good in his area.

“During most tournaments you can often predict when and where the fish will bite, but here it’s not that way at all. The fish are setting up in submerged bushes that are typically on dry land. When one does bite, it’s very random compared to how and where the last fish did.”

Ashley said that covering water and keeping his lure in the brush is the best way to find and catch active fish.

Swindle caught 16 pounds today pushing this total weight to 48-5, and he attributes his success to fishing ultra slow and giving the brush-hugging bass several opportunities to see and eat his presentation.

“I missed a lot of fish today. They were biting it, but not fully eating it, which makes it hard to get a good hookset,” Swindle said. “I personally believe that the receding water makes the bass uncomfortable, which results in half-hearted bites. I am catching good fish, though, and with a weather change in the forecast, I bet it gets even better on Sunday”

Each day of competition, Swindle has improved his placement in the daily standings. The only way to better today’s finish is to win on Sunday, and in order for that to happen, he thinks at least 19 pounds will be required.

Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., weighed in a five-bass limit for 12-7 and fell two spots to third place today. He is currently 4 pounds, 13 ounces out of the lead.

“I didn’t get the big bites today, but to be honest I’m very happy with how things have gone so far,” Hackney said. “I came here to finish strong and improve on my Angler of the Year standings, and now I’ve got a shot at winning this thing.

“I’m glad we have a day off, which I believe will help me and the fishing. There is a pending weather system pushing through by the end of the weekend, and I think that will help what I’ve got going on.”

Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., caught a bass that weighed in at 7-6, which is the derby’s new Phoenix Boats Big Bass. If a bigger bass isn’t caught during Championship Sunday, Tharp will take home a $1,500 bonus.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Rick Clunn (44-0), Chad Morgenthaler (43-8), Brandon Card (43-1), Randall Tharp (42-9), Bradley Roy (42-3), Ott DeFoe (41-10) and Keith Poche (41-6).

Following today’s weigh-in, the field will be cut to the Top 12 anglers who will compete on Sunday for the $100,000 first-place prize and a berth to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

Takeoff will be held Sunday morning at Dam Site Park in Denison, Texas, at 6:15 a.m. CT, and weigh-in will take place at 3:45 p.m. at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla.

There will be no fishing on Saturday, as Bassmaster University will take place at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla., in the same location as daily weigh-ins. Gates open at 10 a.m., and it’s completely free to the public. Bassmaster fans will have opportunities to visit sponsor booths, attend pro seminars, ask their favorite anglers questions and even gather autographs.

Also on Saturday, the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team has been invited to participate in a special tournament Saturday on Lake McGee. Each All-American angler will be paired with an Elite Series pro for the one-day derby with weigh-in at Choctaw Casino Resort beginning at 2:30 p.m.

2016 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Toyota, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, GoPro, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird

2016 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, Power-Pole, Rapala, Shell Rotella, Shimano, Academy Sports + Outdoors, A.R.E. Truck Caps, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Livingston Lures

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2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino and Resort 6/8-6/12
Lake Texoma, Durant  OK.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1.  Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             15  51-15  110
Day 1: 5   20-01     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   17-05
2.  Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        15  48-05  109
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   17-10     Day 3: 5   16-00
3.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  48-03  108     $500.00
Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   20-02     Day 3: 5   12-07
4.  Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 15  44-00  107
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   15-06     Day 3: 5   14-10
5.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        14  43-08  106
Day 1: 5   19-06     Day 2: 4   11-02     Day 3: 5   13-00
6.  Brandon Card           Caryville, TN           15  43-01  105
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   16-09
7.  Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        15  42-09  104
Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   12-02     Day 3: 5   16-01
8.  Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           15  42-03  103
Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   18-12     Day 3: 5   13-08
9.  Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           15  41-10  102
Day 1: 5   18-05     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   11-05
10. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           15  41-06  101
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   12-15     Day 3: 5   12-07
11. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               15  41-04  100
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   14-02     Day 3: 5   14-12
12. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    15  40-12   99
Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 5   15-08     Day 3: 5   12-06
13. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            15  40-12   98  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   14-04
14. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  40-11   97  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 5   12-11     Day 3: 5   13-05
15. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         15  40-07   96  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   11-00     Day 3: 5   12-15
16. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          15  39-14   95  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 5   14-07
17. Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA        15  39-10   94  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   15-06
18. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             14  39-09   93  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 4   10-02     Day 3: 5   15-07
19. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            15  39-05   92  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   13-05
20. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         15  38-12   91  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   11-08     Day 3: 5   13-07
21. David Williams         Newton, NC              15  38-00   90  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 5   15-00
22. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           15  37-13   89  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-09     Day 2: 5   09-13     Day 3: 5   12-07
23. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              15  37-12   88  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   08-12
24. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               14  37-08   87  $11,000.00
Day 1: 4   10-03     Day 2: 5   14-08     Day 3: 5   12-13
25. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             15  37-07   86  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 5   12-09
26. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         15  36-05   85  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   09-11     Day 3: 5   10-11
27. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA              15  36-02   84  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   10-03
28. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX              15  35-08   83  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-05     Day 2: 5   07-08     Day 3: 5   11-11
29. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          15  35-03   82  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   14-02     Day 3: 5   08-13
30. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        15  35-01   81  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   16-05     Day 3: 5   09-07
31. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       15  35-01   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   11-04
32. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname  Aichi JAPAN   14  34-11   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 4   09-14
33. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           15  34-10   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   12-05
34. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               13  34-08   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 4   14-15     Day 3: 4   09-04
35. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         13  34-02   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 3   09-11     Day 3: 5   11-03
36. John Murray            Spring City, TN         15  33-13   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   11-05
37. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         15  33-12   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   10-00     Day 3: 5   11-06
38. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              13  33-06   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   17-00     Day 3: 3   04-13
39. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             14  33-04   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   11-14     Day 3: 4   09-12
40. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        13  33-03   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 3   11-04     Day 3: 5   08-07
41. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               15  33-01   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   10-04
42. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            11  32-15   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 1   02-04
43. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             13  32-07   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 3   08-09     Day 3: 5   08-12
44. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             14  30-04   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-11     Day 3: 4   07-03
45. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN         13  29-11   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 3   06-01
46. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         14  28-14   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 4   06-08
47. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          12  27-05   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   11-01     Day 3: 2   02-10
48. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             12  26-15   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   09-07     Day 3: 2   03-04
49. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              11  24-14   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   11-01     Day 3: 1   01-03
50. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA       11  24-08   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 1   01-06
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        91       508      1176-04
2        79       490      1151-06
3        38       223       544-04
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208      1221      2871-14