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Posted: 2/25/2015


Triton Boats pro staff member Casey Ashley weighed in over fifty pounds of bass to clinch the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic bass tournament, held February 20-22 on Lake Hartwell, near Greenville, South Carolina.

Competing in a Triton 21 TrX tournament boat, Ashley captured the coveted Classic crown with a total weight of 50 pounds, 1 ounce, and pocketed $300,000 for his efforts. This was the sixth time the 31-year-old pro had qualified to fish the Classic, considered by bass fishing aficionados to be the most prestigious event in the sport.

Going into the tournament, Ashley, from nearby Donalds, SC was painfully aware that nobody in the 45-year history of the Classic had ever won the annual event on their home lake. “I fished my first Classic in 2008 on Lake Hartwell and came in 12th,” he recalled. “I was determined to overcome the ‘homeboy jinx’ this time.” And overcome it he did – sitting in fifth place after Day Two of the three-day tournament, he used a pearl white Zoom Super Fluke Jr. rigged on a homemade fish-head spinner to boat five bass weighing 20 pounds, 5 ounces on the final day of competition, vaulting him into first place by over 4 pounds. He hoisted the Classic trophy before thousands of cheering fans at the final weigh-in, held in Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The new Classic champ raved about his Triton boat. “The 21 TrX was introduced at last year’s Classic, and I gave it a thorough workout during the grueling 2014 B.A.S.S. Elite Series tour,” Ashley said. “It is absolutely the most competitive and versatile tournament bass boat on the water.” The pro specifically cited the Triton’s speed, rough-water riding comfort and dry storage capability for contributing to his angling success. “The TrX has a front deck big enough to land a helicopter on, which equates to massive dry storage capability,” he explained. “With two huge rod lockers and a massive center tackle module, all my rods and lures stay completely organized, allowing me to access the exact stick and lure I want in seconds.”

Triton founder Earl Bentz congratulated Ashley on his Classic victory. “Casey has been with Triton since he first began fishing professionally, and it’s been a real pleasure to watch him hone his angling skills along the way,” Bentz noted. “He’s a real credit to the sport, and all of us at Triton salute him.”

Triton’s TrX series includes seven exciting models ranging from 18 ½ to nearly 22 feet in length. “Whether you’re a tournament pro like me or a weekend angler who’s just getting into bass fishing, you really need to check out the TrX series,” Ashley suggested. “Take it from me, no other bass boats even come close!”

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For additional information contact:
Adam Adkisson
Vice President
(615) 792 - 4600