UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Clear Lake

Tuesday Tour Update

Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler shares a quick moment with his wife and 2-year-old son Oliver shortly before takeoff.

Heading into the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell tournament, scheduled for March 6-9 in Seneca, S.C., FLWOutdoors.com editors decided to try and catch up with the reigning title holder from that event, Brent Ehrler. Not only did Ehrler walk away with the tournament title there in 2012, but he also finished in second place overall during the Tour event in 2011. The following is an excerpt from our interview with the Redlands, Calif., pro., where he shares his thoughts about everything from the upcoming tourney, to the 2014 FLW Tour schedule to the banning of the A-rig in Tour competition. Q&A with Brent Ehrler FLWOutdoors.com: You won the Lake Hartwell event in 2012; so how are you feeling heading into this tournament? Ehrler: "I feel really good about it. I've only been there twice but I've really enjoyed fishing Lake Hartwell. On the flip side, it's fishing so you never really know. In the past, when I've looked at the schedule, there were events I thought I'd do really well at and didn't. And vice versa. So again, you just never really know. But there's just something about Lake Hartwell where I've always been able to pattern it pretty well. I'm usually able to get on something, run around the lake, find something that looks good, pull up and catch fish. Leading up to the tournament there in 2012, I was able to fish a lot and save my best spot for the very end. Overall, you can fish a lot of different ways on Lake Hartwell. Personally I've had success fishing both deep and shallow. So it just really suites my style." FLWOutdoors.com: How differently do you think the lake will fish compared to the last time the Tour visited there? Brent Ehrler fires a cast.Ehrler: "I don't know what all of this recent weather has done to the bite so it's hard to say until I get there. But generally speaking, I've never been able to go back to a place and duplicate what I did before. I do think that Hartwell will fish a little differently this year. The water levels are higher right now so I'm not sure how things are going to play out. But to me, the weather is probably going to be the biggest difference, although the water levels could affect the tournament a little bit. I actually tried to practice there this year but I couldn't because of a blizzard. So honestly, I won't know a whole lot until I actually get there." FLWOutdoors.com: What type of tactics, baits and strategies do you think anglers will employ on Hartwell? Ehrler: I think the top-10 finalists are going to be using a broad variety of baits and tactics because Hartwell is just one of those lakes where you can really fish your strengths. Looking back over the past few years, (the field) really did use a diverse group of tactics and baits. People were bed fishing, fishing docks, fishing deep and shallow - so it's really hard to nail it down. My guess is that the people who are going to fish shallow on Hartwell are going to use crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and Shaky Heads. And the anglers who fish deep will probably be throwing swimbaits, jigs, Shaky Heads and some drop-shots. But the people who are really going to do well are the anglers who are able to fish to their strengths and expand on a pattern." FLWOutdoors.com: Coming off of Lake Okeechobee, there were some Tour pros who struggled who now find themselves way down in the standings. You've had your own struggles there, although not recently. So what does it take to rebound from a tough first tournament in order to still qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup? Ehrler: "For the anglers who struggled on Okeechobee, they're really going to have to approach every event after that like an individual tournament and not look ahead to the season as a whole. Basically, they're going to have to take it one tournament at a time. If you go to Hartwell in that position and you're already in a hole, and you're worried about Beaver Lake, you're not focusing on the task at hand and you're going to be in trouble. You're also really going to have a good season for the rest of the year. Basically, if you've bombed on the `Big O,' you're going to have to have an angler-of-the-year-type performance the rest of the way. I'm talking about finishing every event the rest of the way no worse than 35th or 30th place with a few top 10s sprinkled in there." FLWOutdoors.com: What do you think of the 2014 season schedule as a whole? Ehrler: "I think it's a great schedule; I really do. The only thing I'm tired of is Beaver Lake, mostly because I've been there so many times before. Other than that, I think it's a great schedule and it should be a lot of fun." FLWOutdoors.com: What effect do you think the A-rig ban will have on anglers this year? Brent Ehrler shows off his day-two Lake Okeechobee catch weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces. Ehrler: "I don't think it's going to have a lot of effect on anglers with the exception of Beaver Lake. Because if you go to Beaver Lake early pre-spawn, the A-rig is the bait that's probably going to win you that tournament." FLWOutdoors.com: There were obviously some disqualifications leading up to the FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee event. Any thoughts on those? Ehrler: "It was unfortunate. I think having a Rayovac FLW Series event and FLW Tour event on the same lake caused some complications for some people with regard to the rules. But in the case of the Brandon McMillan disqualification, although unfortunate, there was nothing really FLW could've done. They had to DQ him because it was a clear violation of the rules. The Anthony Gagliardi disqualification was hard because the Cup is on Anthony's home lake so I feel for him. But I think if he puts his head down, he can still qualify for the Cup. It's not going to be easy, but he can definitely do it."

Tags: article 


Episode Three of FLW Airs Tonight

Episode three of the 2015 “FLW” TV season is set to air tonight. Fans can witness Quaker State pro Matt Arey make his dramatic come-from-behind win on the final day at Beaver Lake for his second consecutive win on the Arkansas reservoir. Be sure to tune in to NBC Sports at 7 p.m. ET tonight. READ MORE »


Focusing on Mom

Three weeks before Christmas in 2013, Johnson’s mother, Betty Johnson, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. At what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, Jason and his family were suddenly dealing with a reality that was far from wonderful. READ MORE »


10 Tips for Finding Bass in the Grass



Watch Episode Two of FLW Tonight

Episode two of the 2015 “FLW” TV seas is set to premier tonight. After last week’s exciting battle on Lake Toho, the Walmart FLW Tour moves on to Lewis Smith Lake and spawning largemouths and big spotted bass. Be sure to tune in to NBC Sports at 7 p.m. ET tonight to watch Dave Lefebre take home the win. READ MORE »


2015 BFL Postseason Begins

All of the 2015 regular-season events have concluded, including the two-day Super Tournaments. Season-long point standings are now final. That means 24 divisional Anglers of the Year have earned their $1,000 AOY awards, and their Co-angler of the Year counterparts have earned $500 apiece. But more importantly, the fields have been set for FLW’s marathon run of BFL Regional Championships. READ MORE »


Inaugural FLW Canada Tournament

It’s official: FLW Canada is the first organization to hold a tournament under the auspices of the new FLW international partnership. FLW Canada held its inaugural event, which also was its championship tournament, Sept. 18-20 on Big Rideau Lake near Smith Falls, Ontario. READ MORE »


Four Fall Crankbait Patterns

There’s almost always a crankbait bite somewhere, but crankbaits truly shine in the fall as bass are loading up on baitfish. We talked with a few different pros and got them on record about their favorite crankbait tactic for hoodie season. READ MORE »


McDonald Family Battles Breast Cancer

Candy and Billy, the Walmart FLW Tour pro, found out Candy had breast cancer in July, between the final Tour event on the Potomac and the day they left for the ICAST fishing tackle show in Orlando. READ MORE »


East Hall Wins on Lake Lanier

The winning East Hall High duo said that they concentrated on fishing blowdowns for the majority of the day with a green-pumpkin Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm rigged on a shaky head to catch the majority of their fish. READ MORE »


Bass Fishing 101: Choose the Right Jig

The basic jig is one of the most versatile baits that a bass angler can have in their arsenal. It can be fished just about any way, in any depth, and around most types of cover and structure. READ MORE »


FLW TV Season Starts Today

All-new episodes of the FLW television program begin today on NBC Sports at 7 p.m. ET with the season-opener at Lake Toho. New hour-long episodes are scheduled to run every Monday at 7 p.m. ET between now and Dec. 7. READ MORE »


BFL Wild Card Venue, Date Set

FLW announced Sunday that the 2015 BFL Wild Card tournament will take place on Lake Hartwell on November 13-14. The event will launch from Clemson Marina, located at 150 Clemson Marina Drive in Seneca, South Carolina. READ MORE »


Poppers for Matted Grass

Poppers might be a bit old school, but they’re still great tools for calling up bass from around matted grass when the fish aren’t buried so deep in the green that you need to flip or frog to get them out. They are especially good this time of year when bass are roaming the edges of grass and hunting for schools of bait that are pushing shallow. READ MORE »


North Brandford HS Wins Northern Conference

The winning duo from North Branford High School said that they caught the majority of their fish on a drop-shot rig and a jig. Other teams reported catching their fish on spinnerbaits and topwater baits. Seven of the 12 teams brought five-bass limits to the scale. READ MORE »


Ranger’s Biggest, Baddest Bass Boat Yet

Inspired by Ranger’s successful Fisherman Series deep-V boats, which are favored by the best walleye anglers on the planet for rough-water fishing, the Z522D is designed to turn back the worst waves that bass anglers will encounter. This 4X4 ability is accomplished with a lengthy 22-foot, 7-inch-long deep-V hull with a 102-inch-wide beam. With size comes power, thanks to 300-hp motor rating. READ MORE »


2016 Rayovac FLW Series Schedule

FLW announced today the 2016 Rayovac FLW Series schedule, which will consist of three events in each of the five divisions: Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western. The former Texas Division has been renamed the Southwestern Division and will feature stops in Oklahoma and Texas. READ MORE »


5 Autumn Patterns that are Hot Now

Want to cash in on autumn’s bass fishing bounty? Of course you do. But first, you need to consider that bass are in transition as temperatures fall and shad move, most often from deep to shallow. READ MORE »


Hawk Wins U.S. Open

Ranger Pro Roy Hawk capped off a great month for his family on Wednesday in the desert outside of Las Vegas. After competing in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, and watching his son Sunny win the co-angler title there, Hawk earned a win of his own in the 2015 WON Bass U.S. Open. READ MORE »


FLW TV Season Premieres This Month

All-new episodes of the FLW television program will be shown on the NBC Sports Network beginning Sept. 28. The Walmart FLW Tour season-opener won by JT Kenney at Lake Toho will kick off the series of hour-long episodes that are scheduled to run every Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Repeat showings are set for 3 p.m. ET every Friday. READ MORE »


Clear Lake Tournaments Moved Back

The Rayovac event, originally scheduled for Sept. 24-26, will instead take place Oct. 15-17 out of Konocti Vita Casino Resort & Marina in Lakeport. The tournament will be held in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship Oct. 17-18, which was originally scheduled for Clear Lake Sept. 26-27. Likewise, the High School Fishing Western Conference Championship on Clear Lake has been moved to Oct. 18. READ MORE »