Ehrler eyes up FLW AOY
Mar 11th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Mar 11th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Brent Ehrler continued his butt-kicking ways with a win at the FLW Tour event at Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Alabama on March 10. He used one of the simplest techniques in all of bass fishing to take home his fifth FLW Tour victory. He pocketed a cool $125,000 for his efforts. The win combined with finishing second in the first event of the year has put Ehrler firmly in the lead for the FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AoY) title.
|Brent Ehrler (Photo FLW Outdoors)
Ehrler dropped the wacky on ’em.
“I found one of my key areas in practice, but never caught anything on it,” said Ehrler. “It was essentially the side of a point with a few brushpiles on it. It looked good, but I never caught anything during practice.
“Midday on Day 1 of the tournament, I was moving and decided why not check the spot out? I marked some fish with my Humminbird and I caught my big fish on it. I caught several of my big fish over 3 pounds on that spot.
“I caught my fish with a 5-inch Senko in green pumpkin. I was fishing it wacky rigged. Instead of an exposed hook, I used a Gamakatsu weedless split shot/drop shot hook, my main line was Sunline braid with 8-pound Sunline fluorocarbon. It was totally basic and simple.
“That Senko just works because you don’t need to do anything with it. You drop it in the water and the slow fall just works. If the water is wet, it’s going to catch bass.”
Ehrler focused on the next event.
“My goal is to win the FLW Tour Angler of the Year title, but it’s not my only goal,” said Ehrler. “I’ve lead the race a few times and managed to lose it. I want it bad. I’ve never won it. But my focus is to fish and win each event I am fishing. I take one event at a time. I try to do well and win. I am not changing my approach. That may screw up my mojo, but the AoY is always in the back of my mind.”