UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Ohio River

Ehrler wins second FLW Tour event of 2010

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 

Spiro Wins by 2 Ounces

Spiro Wins by 2 Ounces

Oklahoma’s Spiro High School duo of Gunner West and Trey McKinney brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 4 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Fort Gibson Lake Open. READ MORE »

Johnson, Hopkins Win Music City Double-Header

Johnson, Hopkins Win Music City Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Gallatin with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Old Hickory Lake events. READ MORE »

Brueggen, Shoraga Tie on Rend

Brueggen, Shoraga Tie on Rend

Dan Shoraga of West Frankfort, Illinois, and Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, each brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces, to tie for the win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Rend Lake. READ MORE »

Reynolds Takes Kerr Title

Reynolds Takes Kerr Title

Ben Reynolds of Callands, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. For his victory, Reynolds earned a total of $4,350. READ MORE »

Mobley Flips for Harris Chain Title

Mobley Flips for Harris Chain Title

John Mobley of Macclenny, Florida, brought a three-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida. For his victory, Mobley earned $3,926. READ MORE »

Laydowns Lead Ellis to Top

Laydowns Lead Ellis to Top

Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 13 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For his victory, Ellis earned a total of $6,972. READ MORE »

Bell Runs Bream Beds on Kerr

Bell Runs Bream Beds on Kerr

Rodney Bell of Salisbury, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. For his victory, Bell earned $5,024. READ MORE »

Cowboys Take Fort Gibson Title

Cowboys Take Fort Gibson Title

The Oklahoma State University team of Rhett Meyer of Stilwell, Oklahoma and Jake Biram of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Fort Gibson Lake event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces. The victory earned the Oklahoma State bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Rogers Wins from 8th on Erie

Rogers Wins from 8th on Erie

Starting the final day in eighth place, Lee Rogers of Newton, N.J., rocketed up the leaderboard with the biggest limit of the day to win the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. With the field confined to the area around Sandusky Bay due to wind, Rodgers brought 15 pounds, 10 ounces to the scale for a total of 48-12 to earn his first win with FLW. For his win, Rogers gets the trophy and a $32,439 paycheck. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 3

Erie Midday Update – Day 3

With big winds present even before putting boats in the water, it was obvious that day three of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie was going to throw the anglers a curveball. After a short delay, the new boundaries were set from Marblehead Lighthouse to Cedar Point, and the pros blasted off in search of bass. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

The final day of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie is likely to change things up quite a bit. With many of the top pros making long runs, there’s a chance much of what happened on days one and two will be physically impossible on day three. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 2

Erie Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Toyota Series Northern Division event has been pretty slow across the board, and particularly for the leaders. Though the weather isn’t too bad and the wind is fairly manageable, the fishing in Erie is slower than it was yesterday. READ MORE »

Stokes Pulls Ahead on Erie

Stokes Pulls Ahead on Erie

One of a number of pros who elected to make the run from Sandusky to the Detroit River, Troy Stokes pulled into the lead on day two of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie was not dominated by St. Clair as some expected. Though St. Clair did produce the lead for Scott Dobson, a hodgepodge of techniques and locations got it done for the other top pros on Erie. READ MORE »

Dobson Takes Slim Lead on Erie

Dobson Takes Slim Lead on Erie

The weights on day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie were about what folks expected: plenty of quality fish, but a lack of the plump 4- and 5-pounders that Erie is so known for. Weighing one of only two bags over 20 pounds, Scott Dobson put 20-12 on the scale after a day of fishing that took him as far from Sandusky as the mouth of the St. Clair River. READ MORE »

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Boater Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. For his victory, Pirowski earned a total of $5,337. READ MORE »

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his nearest competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory. READ MORE »

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Bloomington with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Monroe events presented by Fish-Intel. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

The Riceville (Iowa) High School team of Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite won the 2020 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., with a three-day (three bass per day) total weight of 30 pounds, 4 ounces. Losee and Tweite topped 194 of the top high school teams in the country. READ MORE »