Ehrler takes wire-to-wire win in recent FLW event at Lewis Smith Lake

By Joel Shangle

Redlands native Brent Ehrler locked up his fish FLW Tour win this weekend in Alabama. (Photo courtesy FLW Outdoors)I’ve long declared that West Coast bass anglers are the most diverse – hence, the best – on both the FLW and BASS tours. Guys like Redlands, Calif., native Brent Ehrler sure are making me look smart.

Ehrler locked up a wire-to-wire victory on the FLW Tour event on Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala. on Sunday, notching his fifth Tour victory in nine years as a pro. Ehrler rang up 60-09 pounds to easily outdistance second-place finisher Jacob Powroznik, who finished with 53-05.

The win vaults Ehrler to the top of the FLW Angler of the Year standings after two events, a far cry from the humble beginnings of his pro career.

“You know I was just talking to my wife and Brett (Hite) the other day about the Ouachita River tournament I fished back in my first year on tour which was 2005,” said Ehrler, who now has over $1.9 million in career earnings. “I was so spun out at that event and I finished way down in 174th. I never would have expected to be where I am at today.

The next Tour stop is at Beaver Lake in Alabama, April 11.

Check out FLW Outdoors’ comprehensive coverage of the event HERE.