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Brutal weather prevailed on day one at Lake Hartwell, but local pro Casey Ashely knew how to make the best of the conditions.
South Carolina pro uses local knowledge on cold, windy first day
SENECA, S.C. – Casey Ashley may be fishing his first Walmart FLW Tour season, but he’s no stranger to big-time tournaments on Lake Hartwell. One in particular still sticks with him and not for good reason. Today, he put some big-time revenge on the Hartwell bass – catching a 21-pound, 7-ounce stringer on a day where less than half the field cracked double digits.
Children take part in ‘Get Outdoors. Go Fish!’ essay contest, winners receive VIP fishing trip with an FLW pro on March 9
Leading up to the Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell event, ten FLW Tour pros took time out of their busy schedules to visit four area schools on March 5 to talk to students during school assemblies about science, engineering, technology, math, meteorology
Up-and-down weather causes confusion at second Walmart FLW Tour qualifier
SENECA, S.C. – Give Mother Nature credit for one thing – she is relentless. After finally bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures to the Carolinas, she delivered yet another whopping cold front Tuesday – this one wicked enough to freeze rod guides in March. The only creatures more confused than the 176 Walmart FLW Tour pros are the Lake Hartwell bass, which were beginning to push towards the bank before slamming on the breaks.
Local pro Troy Morrow says Lake Hartwell has been high all winter and may impact fish behavior.
Running the banks in shallow stained water is Shane Lehew's fishing style. Hear what this FLW Tour rookie from the Carolinas has to say about his chances at Lake Hartwell this week.
Second of six events to take place March 6-9
SENECA, S.C. – The second event in the 19th season of the major leagues of professional bass-fishing, the Walmart FLW Tour, kicks off March 6-9 with the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell presented by Ranger Boats. Hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature 178 of the world’s best bass-fishing pros and 178 co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division
Brett Hite caught some giant largemouths to win the Lake Okeechobee Tour event, but this week at Lake Hartwell he will be shifting gears to catch giant spotted bass.
Drop-shot connoisseur Cody Meyer says the fish are shallower this year with the higher water.
Lake Hartwell marks the second of six regular-season stops on the Walmart FLW Tour. It’s the first of two events held in the Palmetto State, the latter being the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray Aug. 14-17. Hartwell is a diverse fishery that allows pros to fish their strengths and spread out among several major creek arms. With changing conditions and so much at stake, several storylines are beginning to emerge. Below are five pros that bear monitoring as competition begins Thursday.
Brett Carlson and Kyle Wood
FLW Tour pro Brent Ehrler weighs in on the upcoming Lake Hartwell event, other timely topics
Heading into the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell tournament, scheduled for March 6-9 in Seneca, S.C., FLWOutdoors.com editors decided to try and catch up with the reigning title holder from that event, Brent Ehrler. Not only did Ehrler walk away with the tournament title there in 2012, but he also finished in second place overall during the Tour event in 2011.
Hear what Jason Christie, 2011 Lake Hartwell champion, has to say about this year's lake conditions.
Previous FLW Tour records, lake facts in brief
With the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell event only days away, anglers undoubtedly will be combing over the data from the two previous Tour stops there back in 2012 and 2011 to glean as much information as they can heading into the second event of the season.
A trip-planning guide for Walmart FLW Tour stop No. 2
Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963, Lake Hartwell owes its existence to the namesake dam on the Savannah River, which flows from the union of the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. Extending 49 miles up the Tugaloo and 45 miles up the Seneca at normal pool elevation, Hartwell Lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles.
David A. Brown
Bridgford Foods pro Randy Blaukat provides an inside look at the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour event in Seneca, S.C.
The second Walmart FLW Tour event of the 2014 season on Lake Hartwell (March 6-9) will be a radical departure from the Tour opener last month on Okeechobee.
Chatterbait connoisseur Brett Hite reveals secrets of his favorite big bass technique
One lure, over $400,000 in winnings: that’s the moral of the story for FLW Tour pro Brett Hite, who continues to make bladed swim jigs pay off handsomely in his fishing career.
He’s qualified to fish, but don’t look for Shane Lehew at the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship next month on South Carolina’s Lake Keowee. Instead, expect him to show up with a big sack of bass that he’s caught in the Walmart FLW Tour stop at nearby Lake Hartwell the same weekend.
Scott Martin: It’s more than just fishing along the FLW tournament trail
With the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour under way, there’s a lot more to do than just go fishing every day. I just finished up the Lake Okeechobee event in my hometown of Clewiston, Fla., where I snuck out of town with a 17th-place finish.
So, you want to be a fishing TV star like Jimmy Houston, Hank Parker or Mark Zona? Sounds like a dream life being a Hollywood fishing celebrity, right? Well, not so fast. There is a ton of work – and cost – associated with producing a television show.
Veteran Castrol pro Darrel Robertson has announced his candidacy for Oklahoma’s District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican. Robertson, 63, plans to continue fishing the Walmart FLW Tour at least through June 24, when the primary takes place.
Thrift blogs about Okeechobee opener, previews Lake Hartwell and talks about filming television commercial with family
As I sit down to write this blog we’re in the middle of a rare North Carolina snowstorm. It’s kind of fun to watch it from the warmth of home, but it also makes me want to head right back to Florida where it’s warm.
Our first FLW Tour event from Lake Okeechobee is now in the books, and the season is under way. When I received my text from FLW with the results from day one showing me in 142nd place, it was obvious that it wasn’t exactly the way I had envisioned my season starting off. I lost one big fish early that morning that would have put me in the top 25.
Castrol pro David Dudley weighs in the dangers of staying in cruise control
I was recently in a conversation with a friend of mine about people who seem to have a knack for making things happen. As I was listening, he made a statement that made me stop him dead in the middle of a sentence and go back to repeat. “It’s all about finding your fuel,” he said.
Anyone that has spent time as a professional angler will quickly realize that fishing at the highest level comes with its ups and downs. Scott Suggs has been down that road from winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup – and a $1 million dollar payday – to logging finishes in the 100s. After failing to qualify for the Cup last year, Suggs is back on pace to make it back to the biggest stage in bass fishing.