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Ehrler wins second FLW Tour event of 2010 season

California pro nets $127,500 payday, climbs to second place in AOY race

By Gary Mortenson - 29.May.2010

 
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Apparently Brent Ehrler wasn’t satisfied with just one FLW Tour victory this year. Bolstered by a four-day catch of 58 pounds, 1 ounce, Ehrler outdueled a talent-laden top-five field to capture the first-place trophy on Lake Ouachita and walk away with his second FLW Tour title of the 2010 season.

“I’m just so fortunate to be here,” said Ehrler. “I’m shocked. It’s the last thing I thought was going to happen.”

In addition to the win at Lake Ouachita, Ehrler also scored a victory this year at the FLW Tour event at Table Rock Lake. The win also pushed Ehrler’s career FLW Outdoors winnings to over $1.5 million.

While Ehrler now joins a select group of FLW Tour anglers who have won two titles in one season, his win was even more impressive given the fact that it came against David Dudley, the FLW Tour’s all-time leading money leader, and Scott Suggs, the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup champion and odds-on favorite to win the event.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Ehrler, who now boasts 23 top-10 finishes at FLW Outdoors events, a 2006 Forrest Wood Cup title and six top-10 FLW Tour finishes in the last three years alone. “I really didn’t think I had a chance to win this.”

After day two, it appeared that Ehrler wasn’t in any position to the win the tournament. With hometown hero and pre-tournament favorite Scott Suggs looking unstoppable, it seemed that everyone else was fishing for second place. But then two dramatic events transpired that would change the course of the entire tournament.

For starters, Suggs had a serious hiccup on day three – managing to only boat a little more than 10 pounds as opposed to the 17-pound stringers he had recorded the previous two days. But just as important, Ehrler finally figured out the puzzle that was Lake Ouachita.

"I finally figured something out at the end of day two,” said Ehrler. “I had caught a good limit earlier in the day and that freed me up to do some other things. I started throwing a top-water bait just to cover a lot of water and find some new areas. But the fish kept biting the top-water baits. In practice, I thought the top-water bite was done at 8 a.m. Then I realized, ‘I should be throwing this all day.’”

And that’s exactly what he did. Armed with Lucky Craft and Brian Bees top-water baits, as well as the occasional wacky-rigged Senko, Ehrler attacked shallow bays with his newfound arsenal. As a result, he was able to storm into the lead on day three on hold on for 1 ½-pouind victory in the finals.

However, now that he’s captured his second title of the year, he has another huge goal in mind.

“I really do want to win the angler of the year title,” said Ehrler, who now sits in second place in the overall standings, a mere 21 points behind fishing phenom Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. “I’ve been close the last couple of years. So it would be a dream to win it this year.”

At this rate, for Brent Ehrler, it seems that anything is now possible.