March 13, 2014
South Carolina pro Casey Ashley dominated the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats event at Lake Hartwell last week, winning in wire-to-wire fashion in front of a hometown crowd. Yet, he wasn’t the only pro to successfully navigate the up-and-down weather conditions of the event for a high finish. Here’s a look at the entire roster of top-10 finishers from Hartwell and the lures they used to get to the final day.
1. Winner Casey Ashley used a Shooter Lures jig trailed with a Zoom Super Chunk Jr. and a Mountain Man Lures shaky head rigged with a Zoom Finesse Worm.
2. Runner-up Andy Morgan showed the fish plenty of options, including a ½-ounce War Eagle jig trailed with a Zoom Chunk, a shaky head rigged with a Zoom Finesse Worm, a Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin and a couple of War Eagle spinnerbaits.
3. Clent Davis’ most productive lure was a wacky-rigged Mr. Twister Comida.
4. Repel pro Cody Meyer used a variety of lures, including a drop-shot and Jackall Flick Shake, as well as the G Money jig and Jackall DD Squirrel 79 jerkbait shown here.
5. Florida pro John Cox made the top 10 with an XCalibur lipless crankbait and a Rattle Head Baits spinnerbait.
6. Brett Hite worked Hartwell’s depths with a ¾-ounce Evergreen football jig tied with strands of brown, purple and green pumpkin in the skirt and trailed with a 5-inch Yamamoto Double Tail Grub.
7. Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi made a serious bid to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup on his home lake by finishing seventh with a Buckeye Lures Spot Remover shaky head rigged with a 5 ½-inch soft-plastic stick bait.
8. George Foreman pro Dan Morehead also opted for a shaky head, but rigged his with a Zoom Trick Worm.
9. Ryan Davidson reached the top 10 with a pair of lures from a new company called Elite Bait Shop – a ¾-ounce football-head jig in blue craw with a Strike King Rage Tail Rage Chunk trailer and a 3/8-ounce spinnerbait in white and chartreuse with tandem Colorado and willow blades, both gold.
10. Tenth-place finisher Charlie Ingram shows off his RC Jig and Missile Baits Missile Craw trailer.