Ashley answers fan questions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — If Casey Ashley could sing a country duet with anyone, he'd choose Brad Paisley, the heavily awarded artist who performed, "I'm Gonna Miss Her," a fishing anthem for many.

That was one of the things fans learned during Ashley's first-ever B.A.S.S. Twitter chat, March 13.

Ashley visited the B.A.S.S. headquarters following his Bassmaster Classic win on his home waters of Lake Hartwell. He met with members of the B.A.S.S. staff and talked to fans via Twitter.

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Below is the video of his chat, followed by the full transcript. See photos of his visit here.

 

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Samuel Davis ‏@sdavisgolf 

What makes one rocky bank better than another in the wintertime?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

The rocky bank with deeper water closest by is the best.

 

J.Revels ‏@CDRevels 

What would be your 3 or 4 basic colors for most all SC. lakes in general

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Green pumpkin, red bug, straight black

 

J.Revels ‏@CDRevels 

What’s your feeling on the Sabine?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

It's going to be a tough; it's a lot of water to cover in a short amount of time. But I like tournaments like that.

J.Revels ‏@CDRevels 

Thanks for your time and insight!! Tight Lines Brother cya @ Fulton's one day!!

 

JabezIV ‏@jabeziv 

Would you rather fish with a Gamecock or Tiger crankbait?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Gamecock! It's got the right colors in it anyway.

 

James Hall ‏@james_hall_bass 

If Casey was to record his fisherman song as a duet with a current recording artist, who would it be?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I would pitch it to brad paisley first @BradPaisley

Karen Steinbring ‏@ByrdFan722 

You need to do a duet with Tracy Byrd next weekend!! Good luck this season!!

 

J.Revels ‏@CDRevels 

CONGRATS!!!! on the WIN #Bassmasterclassic Way to bring it home!!!!

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I appreciate it!

 

Hunter Worthy ‏@Hunter_Worthy_7 

What is the biggest bass you caught in a tournament?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

11-14, Clear Lake

Hunter Worthy ‏@Hunter_Worthy_7 

Nice, appreciate you answering my questions and I wanna meet you one day

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Hopefully I'll see you down the road!

Hunter Worthy ‏@Hunter_Worthy_7 

Appreciate it and congratulations for winning the classic

 

Josh Wilson ‏@vabassinbill 

Can you PLEASE come teach me how to catch 'em at Smith Mountain?! Been struggling here lately!

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

You can catch every fish in the lake with a shaky head and a jig.

 

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

Have your iTunes sales gone up since winning the classic? I know I downloaded it.

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

There has been a little spike in the downloads, nothing drastic, but it has gotten a lot more steady

 

Heather ‏@Cap_Outdoors 

What are you looking for and how would it change as the season progresses?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

AOY is what the sights are set on now, until we get to the next Classic.

 

Slump ‏@slumpgumpy 

What kind of equipment do you trow underspins on?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Baitcast equipment.

Slump ‏@slumpgumpy 

Medium action? MH? 7?/7'6"?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Medium, 7-0 medium rod and a 6:1 gear ratio reel, something not super slow, not superfast.

Slump ‏@slumpgumpy 

Does line size matter w underspins?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Absolutely. As light as possible, 10 lb fluorocarbon.

 

JabezIV ‏@jabeziv 

If or when you write a song about your classic experience what will the title be?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I couldn't even tell you. I'm not a writer. That's one I would pitch to Rodney Clawson to see what he would do with it.

 

Shawn Koehler ‏@skoehler97 

Can I have one of your dad's baits from the classic haha

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Pretty soon I will be able to tell you where you can get that bait from! But not yet.

 

Emily Hand ‏@ejhand 

What was your favorite post win moment, hoisting trophy, confetti cannon or victory lap? #pleasesayconfetticannon

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

The confetti cannon was pretty cool, but the victory lap felt more significant to me.

 

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips 

Question 1 : If limited to 5 rod/reel combos to fish entire season, what would they be?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Quantum Exo rods and reels: 7-6 heavy flippin' stick w/ 7:; 7-4 heavy w/ 7:1, 7-2 medium heavy w/ same reel, 7 medium heavy w/ same reel; 7-2 heavy with 6:1

 

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips 

Question 2 : If limited to 5 baits to fish entire season, what would they be?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Jig, Zoom Trick Worm, @ZOOMBaitCompany Super Fluke, Zoom Brush Hog & Pop-R

 

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam 

Casey, are you a cat or dog person?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Dog. I can't stand a cat.

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

I like my dog, too. He's pretty cool.

 

Slick Rick ‏@kylegreen111 

How do you get more consistent bites while using a football jig with a plastic crawfish trailer?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I don't actually drag it I slow roll it like a spinnerbait so my retrieve never stops

Slick Rick ‏@kylegreen111 

Great tip! I appreciate it and congrats on the big win!

 

Hunter Worthy ‏@Hunter_Worthy_7 

What is your favorite lake you ever fish other than Lake Hartwell?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia

 

Jody White ‏@JodyBlanco 

What is your favorite color? (General purpose, not bait color)

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

My favorite color would be red. Blue is my second favorite.

 

spencer barnett ‏@bassfishinsb 

What area do you need to improve most as an angler?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Drop shotting!

 

Jody White ‏@JodyBlanco 

Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Dogs!

 

JabezIV ‏@jabeziv 

What lb test fluorocarbon do you throw most on average?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

20 lb

 

J.Revels ‏@CDRevels 

As far as flukes used as spinner sbait trailers or swim jigs etc do you stay with bait fish colors?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

It depends on a shad spawn or bream pattern. Bream: watermelon & green pumpkin. Shad: go for shad colors.

 

James Hall ‏@james_hall_bass 

Casey, a coincidence that you, Rojas and Omori were in Top 5 at the Classic ... and you all have very white teeth? Whiten to win?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

We could probably do a toothpaste commercial.

 

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam 

Hey Casey, how does it feel to be snappin' necks and cashin' #BassmasterClassic big checks?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

It feels pretty good! It's a new feeling for me.

 

Alan Bailey ‏@alan_bailey35 

What is your all-time favorite lure?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Jig, by far.

Alan Bailey ‏@alan_bailey35 

What color and trailer?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Brown jig with a green pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk.

Alan Bailey ‏@alan_bailey35 

Thanks for answering my questions!!

 

Mark Allonardo ‏@QuackAttackkk 

Any knowledge of college bass teams up and down the east coast? Preferences?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Clemson & South Carolina, of course. I know they're both pretty solid. There's just so many up & down the seaboard.

 

Dominic F. Turcott ‏@Dturcott27 

Congrats on winning the classic!

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Thank you very much!

 

Mac McBroom ‏@drumclog 

Costa sunglasses. Favorite frames and lens color? Why?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

My favorite frames would be Fantails. I wear copper lenses bc I'm colorblind and it helps me see the fish.

Mac McBroom ‏@drumclog 

Thanks! One more question. 580G or 580P for the lenses?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I use both but when I fish I use 580P because they're lighter. Glass is definitely the most durable.

 

Brad Nappier ‏@CLEMSONFISHER 

Do you fish with tungsten or lead jigs and what are the benefits of each.

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I use lead. They're a lot cheaper. I lose a lot of them! I use tungsten weights but not tungsten jigs.

 

Jennifer Dome King ‏@StellarJennifer 

Do you have any plans for a vacation to celebrate your win the next time you have a break from the tour?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Definitely, but not sure when it will be. On the beach somewhere.

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

Staying true to South Carolina and heading to Myrtle?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

No, I've outgrown Myrtle. Usually Beauford area.

 

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

What was the biggest hump to get over when fishing the Classic? Congrats by the way!!

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Weather. Trying to stay warm. Coldest temps I ever dealt with.

 

Brandon Burdette ‏@Burdette1982 

What is the biggest flathead catfish you have ever pulled out of a hole.

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Me personally, it was around 50, but I've assisted with a 62. Now get back to teaching them kids!

Brandon Burdette ‏@Burdette1982 

It’s lunchtime. Thanks for the answer. That's a keeper but 50 lbs needs culling.

 

Slump ‏@slumpgumpy 

How busy have you been? You must be running ragged

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I've been pretty busy. I'm ready to start back on the tour so I can slow down a bit!

 

JabezIV ‏@jabeziv 

6lb or 8lb fluro for shakey head if you have to go there?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I use 8 pretty much all the time.

 

chris mitchell ‏@ditchell 

What lakes would like to see the Elite Series on that it hasn't visited in a while or ever

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Lake Lanier near ATL. Hadn't been there in long time, or ever. Maybe in May,June

 

chris mitchell ‏@ditchell 

How do you feel about Sabine River? What Elite events this year do you feel good about?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I like the Sabine River; I like tough tournaments like that. I look forward to going back to California. We're going a diff time of year. I know nothing about Havasu; it will be interesting because we have a short practice.

 

Capitol Outdoors ‏@capitoloutdoors 

Looking for words of advice for someone who is looking to get into the outdoor industry?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Make relationships, meet people, show up to tournaments.

Capitol Outdoors ‏@capitoloutdoors 

Great thank you and again congrats on your huge achievement. #rockingtheoutdoors

 

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

Have you been able to put all the hooplah behind you now and focus on grinding it out on the elites series to battle for AOY?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I can't answer that question. I'll know more come next weekend!

 

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

Did you have a pretty good idea you were going to win #BassmasterClassic while at final weigh in or where you on pins and needles?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

To be honest, I had a pretty good idea. My fish weighed more than I thought, though.

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

Still nerve racking I'm sure. Someone coulda had a big chunker and wasn't talking about it.

 

spencer barnett ‏@bassfishinsb 

Will you eventually put LED lights on your boat?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I may. It's a possibility.

 

Dale⚡️ ‏@dale_dansby 

What's up, Casey ? Congrats! My girls want to know where they can get one of those costa jerseys?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

You can't get one.

Dale⚡️ ‏@dale_dansby 

Haha man that's no way to treat an old Abbeville bud.

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

They only make me 4 a year, man.

Dale⚡️ ‏@dale_dansby 

Costa could make some money on those from all the little girls in this county!

 

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

If you weren't fortunate enough to be a successful pro angler, what would you be doing?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

I probably would've been working in a plant. My degree is industrial electronics. I'm glad I didn't have to do that.

Adam McCollum ‏@AUadam  

Amen! Doing what you love doesn't feel like work. I'm in the same boat. It's awesome!

 

spencer barnett ‏@bassfishinsb 

Can we count on you updating us throughout the new season with your twitter and facebook pages?

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Absolutely. I'll see you at Lake Fork!

 

Steve Goodwin ‏@sgoodwin307 

Casey congrats on your win! From coach Goodwin.

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Appreciate it. See you at the 72 boat show next year.

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

Thank you for joining us today, @CAshleyFishing! And good luck to you this season.

Casey Ashley ‏@CAshleyFishing 

Appreciate y'all having me! It's neat to hang out with the people behind the scenes. I'll see y'all down the road!