Ehrler Wins at Lake Hartwell FLW Tour Title, $125,

Ehrler Wins at Lake Hartwell FLW Tour Title, $125,

National Guard pro Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., left Lake Hartwell last year with a second-place finish, but was 10 pounds short of victory. On Sunday Erhler sat one ounce out of the lead when he began chasing the victory that escaped him a year ago. And at the end of the day, Ehrler’s five ...





left Lake Hartwell last year with a second-place finish, but was 10

pounds short of victory. On Sunday Erhler sat one ounce out of the lead

when he began chasing the victory that escaped him a year ago. And at

the end of the day, Ehrler’s five bass worth 20 pounds, 5 ounces gave

him a total four-day weight of 74 pounds, 13 ounces – more than 3 pounds

heavier than second place – as well as a championship trophy and

$125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell presented by Folgers.


Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga., posted a total weight of 71 pounds, 11

ounces to claim second place. He set up a dramatic finish when he pulled

out a monster bass that Ehrler estimated to be about 8 pounds. The

standing-room-only crowd in the TD Center erupted and Ehrler’s mind

began to race.

“I thought he had 17 or 18 pounds and then he pulled out that big one

and I thought, ‘He’s probably got close to 20,’” said Ehrler, who now

has four FLW Tour victories. “And I was sitting there looking at the

board, and I knew I had close to 20, and I was trying to do the math.

And I started thinking, ‘Maybe mine weigh 18.’ So I started getting

scared.”

Ehrler said he fished three main techniques during the event but credited his location to the victory.

“I had one really good spot that I kept conserving,” Ehrler said. “I

didn’t fish it that long each day. I’d pull up, catch a few and leave. I

could tell there were a lot (of fish) on it. When I got there yesterday

my co-angler caught all his weight there by 8:30, and he had 18

pounds.”

Ehrler said he left the spot early Saturday to save it for the last day

of competition. He returned Sunday and caught four of his fish he

weighed in on that spot.

Ehrler said he targeted bass with his electronics the first day of

competition and presented them with a drop-shot rig and a jig. Ehrler

also fished a Senko around shallow docks on the first day. On Friday he

caught fish on a jig, drop-shot rig and a Picasso School-E-Rig. Saturday

the jig bite began to pick up, however, he caught his biggest bass of

the day on the School-E-Rig. Ehrler said he relied solely on the jig to

land his limit Sunday.

Ehrler’s jig setup consisted of a Lucky Craft 7-foot heavy-action rod

with 16-pound-test Sunline FC Sniper line on an Abu Garcia Revo MGX

reel. His jigs were brown ¾- and 5/8-ounce models tipped with

green-pumpkin Yamamoto Twin Tail Grubs.

For the drop-shot rig, Ehrler used Owner 1/0 wide-gap hooks with a

6-inch Roboworm, ¼-ounce Lunker City drop-shot weight, an 8-pound-test

Sunline FC Sniper leader connected to 12-pound-test braided Sunline line

on a 7-foot Lucky Craft shaky-head rod paired with an Abu Garcia Revo

PRM40 reel.

For the School-E-Rig setup Ehrler used a stout 8-foot Lucky Craft rod

and an inshore Abu Garcia Revo reel with 80-pound-test Sunline FX2

braided line. Ehrler used ¼-ounce Picasso jig heads and 3 ½-inch silver

pearl Yamamoto swimbaits with the rig.

“It feels so good,” Ehrler said of his fourth Tour win. “I can’t tell you how awesome it feels to win this thing.”

Tom Monsoor of LaCrosse, Wis., caught only one fish on the last day of

competition at Lake Hartwell for the second year in a row and dropped

his lead after three days to an eighth-place finish. Monsoor earned

$35,000 for his efforts.

The remaining top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

3rd: Marty Stone, Fayetteville, N.C., 20 bass, 68-5, $30,000

4th: Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 20 bass, 66-1, $25,000

5th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 20 bass, 61-1, $20,000

6th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., 20 bass, 61-0, $17,000

7th: Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., 20 bass, 58-14, $16,000

8th: Tom Monsoor, LaCrosse, Wis., 16 bass, 56-6, $15,000

9th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 55-7, $14,000

10th: National Guard pro Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 18 bass, 54-9, $13,000

A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 44 bass weighing 128 pounds, 4 ounces caught by pros Sunday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.

Kevin Gordon of Aiken, S.C., won the co-angler division and $25,250

Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 43 pounds, 3 ounces

followed by David Kuykendall of Fletcher, N.C., in second place with 15

bass weighing 35-12 worth $7,500.

Photo courtesy of FLW

 

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