COLUMBIA, S.C. – Abu Garcia pro Brent Ehrler claimed his fourth career FLW Tour victory this past weekend on Lake Hartwell. Ehrler boasted a total catch of 74 pounds, 13 ounces to walk away with the $100,000 top prize along with $25,000 of Ranger Boats bonus cash.
The Redlands, Calif., native used a variety of techniques to earn the win. He fished deep jigs with an Abu Garcia Revo MGX paired with an Abu Garcia Villain rod. Ehrler chose to use the higher-speed 7:9.1 reel that allowed for more line take up when setting the hook on the large Hartwell bass. Ehrler also employed the Revo Toro for an umbrella rig and a Revo Premier size 40 spinning reel for his drop-shot rig.
“It feels great to be back into the winning seat,” said Ehrler. “The gear I used played a huge role in the win. Most my fish came extremely deep, 30-50 feet deep, off big drop-offs. I felt those were the best chances for big bites.”
In his great fishing career, Ehrler has 29 top-10 finishes in FLW events since 2003 as well as over $1.86 million in career earnings. He recorded two angler-of-the-year titles (EverStart Series Western Division in 2003 and FLW Series Western Division in 2010), finished runner-up in the FLW Tour Angler of the Year race in 2008 and 2011 and netted three top-10 finishes in the Forrest Wood Cup since 2006.
The next FLW Tour Major event is set for March 29-April 1 on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.