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  • Ashley Still Leads on Day 2 of FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell

    Casey Ashley of Donalds brought in another good bag of five fish weighing 15-13 pounds to continue his lead at the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell. This gives Ashley a two-day total of 37-04 pounds and almost a three pound edge over John Cox of Debary, Florida.

    Friday’s anglers were greeted at take-off with horrendous weather which consisted of blustery winds and cold rain. Anglers struggled to get the big bite which limited the days catch. It was not till afternoon when the rains stopped. Ashley said. “It was just nice to tie on a lure without gloves on.”

    Ashley will be joined by two other South Carolina pros that also made the top twenty cut for Day 3 on Saturday. Barton Aiken of Greenville also brought in a good sack of five weighing 15-11 pounds that moved him into 4th place with 31-11 pounds. Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity had five bass weighing 14-07 pounds for a two-day total of 26-10 pounds and moved into 14th place.

    Three other South Carolina anglers made the top fifty on Day 2 and took home a $10,000 check, but they will not be fishing on Saturday. Brandon Cobb of Greenwood finished 36th and had 13-07 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 22-06 pounds. Jason Quinn of Rock Hill finished 44th and had 3-00 pounds (1) for a two-day total of 21-09 pounds. Jayme Rampey Liberty finished 50th and had 9-05 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 20-06 pounds.

    As far as the other South Carolina anglers fishing on Day 2: 97. Nick Gainey of Charleston had 3-11 pounds (2) for a two-day total of 15-03 pounds; 108. Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg had 3-05 pounds (2) for a two-day total of 14-02 pounds; 119. Chris Heath of North Augusta had 5-03 pounds (3) for a two-day total of 13-07 pounds; 173. Jason Williamson of Wagner had one for a two-day total of 1-13 pounds.

    Three South Carolina co-anglers made the top twenty and will be fishing on Saturday. 4. Dennis Cameron of Travelers Rest had 12-13 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 21-04 pounds. 7. Kevin Gordon of Aiken had 9-10 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 17-07 pounds. 12. Dearal Rogers of Camden had 8-14 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 15-01 pounds.

    Day 3, Saturday, will continue with the top twenty fishing for Sunday’s top ten final. Take-off will be at 7:00 a.m. out of the Clemson Marina, and weigh-ins will start at 3:00 p.m. from the Seneca Walmart. Also at the weigh-in will be the winners of the FLW College Championship that took place on Lake Keowee.

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