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  • Ashley #1 after Day 1 of the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell

    FLW pro angler Casey Ashley started off Day 1 of the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell by singing
    the National Anthem. Ashley ended the day by finishing number 1 with five bass weighing 21-07 pounds.

    Ashley from Donalds was not alone in sharing top ten honors with two other South Carolina
    pros. Jason Quinn from Rock Hill was fourth with five bass weighing 18-09 pounds, and Barton Aiken from Greenville finished ninth with five bass weighing 16 pounds.

    As far as the other South Carolina pros: 36. Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, 5 bass, 12-03 pounds; 41. Nick Gainey, Charleston, 5 bass, 11-08 pounds; 49. Jayme Rampey, Liberty, 5 bass, 11-01 pounds; 57. Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, 5 bass, 10-13 pounds; 92. Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, 5 bass, 8-15 pounds; 106. Chris Heath, North Augusta, 5 bass, 8-04 pounds; and Jason Williamson, Wagner, 0.

    Dennis Cameron of Travelers Rest was the only South Carolina co-angler to finish in the top twenty. Cameron was sixth with five weighing 8-07 pounds.

    Day 1 was a true test for some of the best anglers because of changing weather conditions which included bitter cold, driving rain, and howling winds for the Lake Hartwell fishermen. Weather conditions for Day 2 is looking to be even worse.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley