UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

Ehrler wins second FLW Tour event of 2010

National Guard pro Brent Ehrler proudly displays his first-place check after winning the FLW Tour Chevy Open event at Lake Ouachita.

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."

With his win, Ehrler joined a select group of anglers who have won more than one FLW Tour event in a single season (David Fritts in 1997, Rick Clunn in 2000 and Shinichi Fukae in 2006). Ehrler also scored a victory this year at the FLW Tour event at Table Rock Lake. As an added bonus, the win also pushed Ehrler's career FLW Outdoors winnings to over $1.5 million.

In many respects, Ehrler's 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."

Pro Brent Ehrler shows off part of his winning catch shortly before capturing the FLW Tour title on Lake OUachita.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 1/2-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.

Suggs suffers tough defeat

Although Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., fished a fantastic tournament, it was easy to tell that he was disappointed with the final outcome. After winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and jumping out to a sizeable lead on Thursday, it appeared that it would be Suggs' tournament to lose.

Unfortunately for the Arkansas native, his storybook ending would conclude with a second-place finish.

Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., finished the FLW Tour event on Lake Ouachita in second place."I had a rough day today," said Suggs. "I had some real missteps today and the shorter day kind of messed with me. There was also some water I didn't get to run - that's all I'll say. I had my chances. On the first day I lost three big fish. And I lost a big one on day three. It wasn't the fish's fault. I had an opportunity to win this."

Like the previous three days, Suggs started out in the morning using a Berkley Hollow Belly swimbait, targeting standing timber in 70 feet of water in an effort to catch a limit. From there, he'd switch to a crankbait, targeting brim beds off deep brush piles. However, today, the big bites just weren't there.

"I guess I'll have to get used to second place," said Suggs, who ultimately recorded a four-day catch of 56 pounds, 11 ounces.

However, despite his disappointment, Suggs fished admirably given the circumstances. In addition to facing the pressure of fishing on his home lake in front of friends and family, Suggs also recently underwent surgery for prostate cancer. In fact, Suggs had to be hospitalized in December for the procedure. In short, it was remarkable that he was even out on the water in the first place, not to mention the fact that he came within ounces of winning an FLW Tour event against some of the best anglers in the nation a few short months later.

For his efforts, Suggs won the admiration of bass-fishing fans everywhere as well as a nice check for $36,500.

Dudley climbs the ladder

David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., used a four-day catch of 56 pounds, 2 ounces to finish the FLW Tour Lake Ouachita event in third place. Although David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., didn't win the event either, his four-day catch of 56 pounds, 2 ounces was good enough for a third-place finish. It was also good enough to put a smile on the angler affectionately known as the "Manteo Machine."

"I'm happy," said Dudley, who now boasts a staggering $2,475,000 in career FLW Outdoors earnings. "I did better every day and had the biggest sack in the finals. I climbed a mountain this week I reckon."

According to Dudley, his climb wasn't easy by any stretch.

"I'm definitely happy to have caught what I did in the finals," said Dudley. "There was a lot of (holiday) boat traffic out there. It was a trying week for me. On the last day of practice I got onto something which usually means that you have to practice a little bit more during the tournament until you figure things out. So it was tough. But I'm happy."

Dudley said he ultimately decided to target largemouth bass running in "wolf packs" along the bank feeding on brim.

"I used a Berkley heavyweight sink worm, light line and had my drag set real loose," said Dudley. "I moved around a lot, fishing the banks in about 2 feet of water or less."

For his efforts, Dudley took home a check for $27,000.

Monson nets fourth place

Keith Monson of Burgin, Ky., took fourth place overall at the FLW Tour event at Lake Ouachita.Like many of the finalists, Keith Monson of Burgin, Ky., also had a relatively difficult day of fishing. As one of the most consistent anglers in the tournament, Monson could only manage a final-day catch of 7 pounds, 12 ounces for a four-day total weight of 51 pounds, 14 ounces.

However, despite his disappointing day in the finals, Monson said he was pleased by his overall performance.

"I'm so excited it's not even funny," said Monson, shortly after weighing in his catch. "It's a joy. To make the top five is just a dream come true for me."

Monson said he spent most of the week fishing shallow bushes.

"It was a lot of finesse fishing," said Monson. "I was doing well but then the water dropped and I had to figure out something else. I was really starting to run out of fish yesterday, but then I found this spot at the end of the day and there were fish swimming everywhere. But when I went back today, I couldn't catch them."

Monson ultimately walked away with over $18,000 in winnings.

Monroe settles for fifth

Pro Ishama Monroe of Hughson, Calif., finished in fifth place overall at the FLW Tour Lake Oachita contest after boating a four-day catch of 51 pounds, 6 ounces, Ishama Monroe of Hughson, Calif., came into the Lake Ouachita event with a very important goal - to qualify for his first-ever FLW Tour finals. As evidenced by his stellar four-day catch of 51 pounds, 6 ounces, he accomplished that task. But while he didn't achieve his second goal - winning the tournament outright - he said he was more than happy with how the week unfolded.

"I only had two days of practice and averaged about 15 keepers a day so I'm happy," said Monroe. "I really had a lot of fun. I just love this place. And I'm looking forward to coming back here for the (Forrest Wood Cup) championship in 2011."

Monroe said he used a combination of Paycheck Baits Repo Man and Snag Proof Phat Frog top-water baits to land the majority of his catch. He also said that he targeted schooling post-spawn bass in about 2 feet of water or less.

In the end, Monroe said he still has an eye on a few more goals - winning angler of the year and qualifying and winning the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup, slated for Aug. 5-8 on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Ga.

For his efforts, Monroe walked away with over $16,000 in winnings.

FLW Tour competition resumes June 23-26 at Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, Ala.

Tags: gary-mortenson  headline-story  2010-05-26-lake-ouachita 

/news/2016-02-10-dudley-links-up-with-livingston-lures

Dudley Links Up with Livingston Lures

Livingston Lures has added three-time Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year David Dudley to its pro-staff. The Virginia pro joins two-time FLW AOY Andy Morgan and former FLW Rookie of the Year Stetson Blaylock on the Team Livingston roster. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-10-power-pole-extends-partnership-with-flw

Power-Pole Extends Partnership with FLW

FLW announced yesterday that JL Marine Systems, manufacturer of Power-Pole shallow-water anchor systems, has signed a sponsorship extension for the 2016 season. This will be the sixth consecutive season that the two organizations have partnered. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-flw-college-fishing-western-conference-opens-season-on-shasta-lake

FLW College Fishing Western Conference Opens Season on Shasta Lake

REDDING, Calif. – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Shasta Feb. 20 for the first of three regular-season stops in the Western Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-lake-shasta-set-to-host-costa-flw-series-opener-presented-by-minn-kota

Lake Shasta Set to Host Costa FLW Series Opener Presented by Minn Kota

REDDING, Calif. – The Costa FLW Series is headed to Lake Shasta Feb. 18-20 for a tournament presented by Minn Kota when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the first stop of 2016 in the Western Division. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-montgomery-targets-prespawn-bass-for-win

Montgomery Targets Prespawn Bass for Win

Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Montgomery took home a check for $4,127. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-09-top-10-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee

Top 10 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee

Oklahoma’s Bradley Hallman sewed up his first Walmart FLW Tour victory at the season-opener on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats by pitching and punching reed heads in the South Bay area with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. Hallman stuck with his program despite up-and-down air temperatures, high winds and all the curveballs Mother Nature could throw at him. Here's how the rest of the top 10 got it done. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-08-top-10-baits-from-lake-okeechobee

Top 10 Baits from Lake Okeechobee

The Walmart FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee went from a tight race to a runaway in a hurry when Bradley Hallman just wouldn’t stop catching the big ones. As for the lures he used, and those put to work by the rest of the top 10, some Okeechobee staples were applied as well as a few oddball baits. If you’re thinking of heading down to the Big O or anywhere else in Florida soon, you might want to acquire a few of the lures they fished. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-hallman-wins-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Wins Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee Presented by Ranger Boats

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought just two bass to the scale Sunday totaling 6 pounds, 8 ounces, but it was still enough to earn the win at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman’s four-day cumulative total of 16 bass weighing 71 pounds, 2 ounces earned him the win by an impressive 14-pound, 14-ounce margin over second-place pro Alex Davis of Albertville, Alabama, and $100,000 in the tournament that featured 169 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing in the first FLW Tour event of the regular season. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-big-hall-man-on-okeechobee

Big (Hall)Man on Okeechobee

It was the Bradley Hallman show all week long at Lake Okeechobee at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats. Though, the Norman, Okla., pro struggled on day four and brought in only two fish for 6 pounds, 8 ounces, he pulled off the wire-to-wire victory in his first event on Tour. The 13-pound, 9-ounce lead that Hallman built up through the first three days of competition was enough that he didn't actually have to weigh his fish today. Hallman's tournament total of 71 pounds, 2 ounces far exceeded the 56-04 caught by runner-up Alex Davis. For the win, Hallman earned $100,000. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-lake-okeechobee-day-4-coverage

Lake Okeechobee Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-top-5-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee Day 3

Across the board, weights fell off on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina and Resort and the Hendry County Tourism and Development Council. No one in the top 20 crossed the 20-pound mark. Cloud cover, which prevented the water temperature from rising much above 65 degrees, and low water clarity might both have slowed the replenishment of bass moving into spawn. Tournament leader Bradley Hallman experienced a bit of a stall in the action as well, bringing just four fish to the scales, but he still managed to increase his lead to 13 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-hallman-extends-lead-on-day-three-at-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Extends Lead On Day Three At Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Ranger Boats

Anchored by an 8-pound, 10-ounce kicker, pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought four bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 3 ounces to extend his lead to more than 13½ pounds heading in to the final day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman’s... READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-can-anyone-catch-hallman-

Can Anyone Catch Hallman?

Despite catching only four keepers on day three, Norman, Okla., pro Bradley Hallman extended his lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee. With a day-three weight of 14 pounds, 3 ounces and a tournament total of 64-10, his margin over second-place angler Alex Davis is now 13 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-montgomery-wins-flw-bass-fishing-league-bulldog-division-opener-on-lake-eufaula

Montgomery Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Opener on Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. – Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Montgomery took home a check for $4,127. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-okeechobee-day-3-coverage

Okeechobee Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-top-5-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee Day 2

Fueled by 25 mph north winds, the Lake Okeechobee washing machine cleansed some livewells today, keeping them free of the 20-pound limits that are so common here when the weather is sunny, 75 and calm. However, a few 20-plus-pound limits still snuck through the rinse cycle to grace the scales. The biggest limit once again belonged to Bradley Hallman of Norman, Okla. He added 25 pounds, 7 ounces to the 25 he caught on day one. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-oklahoma-s-hallman-extends-lead-at-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Oklahoma’s Hallman Extends Lead at Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee Presented by Ranger Boats

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro angler Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 7 ounces to the scale Friday to extend his lead on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman will bring an 8-pound, 8-ounce advantage into day three of the four-day competition that features 169 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-cales-earns-co-angler-win

Cales Earns Co-angler Win

Co-angler Tim Cales of Sandstone, W.Va., earned his second win with FLW after sacking up 30 pounds, 11 ounces over two days in the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-hallman-way-in-front

Hallman Way in Front

Bradley Hallman is doing his best to make the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats a one-man show. But Alabama pro Alex Davis hopes to spoil Hallman’s hopes of a wire-to-wire victory. Today, Hallman weighed in 25 pounds, 7 ounces to raise his two-day total to 50-07. He’s led the tournament each day thus far. Davis weighed in 20-15 to move from third to second but is still 8 1/2 pounds behind the leader. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-okeechobee-day-2-coverage

Okeechobee Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »