Quantum Adds Casey Ashley to Their Legendary Pro Team
Twenty-eight-year-old Casey Ashley has already notched two
Bassmaster Elite Series victories and four Bassmaster Classic qualifications in
just five years on tour. He now joins a Quantum roster of pro anglers that is
rich with legends, and prideful of its exclusivity and longevity.
“What’s crazy is how light and smooth Quantum’s new EXO and
Smoke are compared to the reels and rods I was using just five years ago when I
got my first Elite Series win,” said Ashley, who is an extremely simple angler,
choosing the same hand-tied jig, whether he’s casting or pitching it. “It’s really obvious that the guys at
Quantum have their hearts and heads in building the best products in the
industry,” added Ashley.
Along with racking up a list of impressive accomplishments
as a pro angler, Ashley has also recorded a CD in Nashville. But amid his many
accomplishments, he remains humbled by the opportunity to join Quantum’s team.
“Obviously, Quantum has the greatest pro team in the business, and all the pros
that are with them have been there for years,” said Casey. “That kind of longevity is rare, but it
speaks highly of the quality of their product and the way the company treats
people. I hope I can do a good job of following in those guys’ footsteps,” he
Casey is right about the long tenured history of the Quantum
team that consists of Biffle, Grigsby, Hackney, Klein, McClelland, Rojas,
Swindle and VanDam. “The average tenure of our Elite Series team is 20 years,” explained
John Kushnerick, who has helped lead Quantum’s marketing efforts for the past
15 years. “Casey is the first angler we have added since we hired Greg Hackney
seven years ago.”
Klein, Grigsby and Biffle have been a part of Quantum since
the brand was launched in the mid 1980s, and perhaps most impressive, is that
every bass Kevin VanDam has ever weighed-in throughout his illustrious career
has been caught with Quantum equipment.
Speaking of longevity, Bob Bagby is Quantum’s Vice President
of Marketing and has been a part of the Quantum brand for 23 years. He has
great admiration for the young pro. “There’s no doubt, Casey is one of the
great young faces of our sport,” said Bagby.
“Very few professional anglers accomplish what Casey has in five short
years,” continued Bagby. “Casey is
only 28, but his well-grounded rural upbringing, along with his closeness to
his mom and dad, and his willingness to follow the precedence set by our hard
working veteran anglers like Gerald Swindle, allow him to bring a mature, but
youthful infusion to our highly regarded family of Quantum pros,” concluded