Ehrler Leads Wire-to-Wire, Wins Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake Presented
Tennessee's Tidwell Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000
JASPER, Ala., March 10, 2013
JASPER, Ala., March 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler
brought the largest stringer to the scales Sunday – for the third time in four
days of competition – to win the Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake
presented by Evinrude. Ehrler weighed in a five-bass limit worth 14 pounds, 11
ounces to win the $125,000 prize after leading wire-to-wire in the four-day
tournament that showcased a full field of the best bass-fishing professionals
in the world.
Link to photo of winner Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler
Link to video of the winning moment
The Redlands, Calif., native weighed in 20 bass totaling 60 pounds, 9 ounces
throughout the four days of competition. Second-place pro Jacob Powroznik of
Prince George, Va., weighed in 20 bass totaling 53 pounds, 5 ounces, giving
Ehrler the win with a decisive 7-pound, 4-ounce margin.
"This was one of the toughest tournaments that I have ever fished," said
Ehrler, who became only the third angler in FLW history to surpass $2 million
in career earnings with his win on Sunday. "I was so stressed out; I was
waking up at 2 or 3 a.m. every morning thinking about where I was going to
fish that day. Fortunately, I was able to catch a couple of big ones off of a
couple of areas where I knew they lived. They were very tough to catch,
"Most of the fish that I weighed in this week came on a green pumpkin-colored
Yamamoto Senko wacky-rigged with a Gamakatsu hook," Ehrler continued. "The
other guys weren't doing that. The only other angler that I think was throwing
a Senko was Cody Meyer (who finished in eighth place). It was one of the keys
for me this week, as the bigger fish really favored that Senko worm.
"Three or four fish that I weighed in earlier this week came from
drop-shotting a morning dawn-colored Roboworm," Ehrler said. "Today, the
conditions changed and the wind was blowing real hard. I picked up a Picasso
School E Rig when it got nasty and was able to catch my kicker on it. After
that, I was able to slow down and relax. I culled up a few more times in the
afternoon on the Senko."
Ehrler said he fished mostly around the main body of Ryan Creek and never
tried venturing back into the pockets as some anglers did.
"Those fish are coming off that main river and starting to stage," he said.
"They were suspending deep on the trees. I would throw the Senko, and the bait
would take a long time to get down there."
After his second-place finish at the first FLW Tour event of the year last
month at Lake Okeechobee and his victory today on Lewis Smith Lake, Ehrler now
has his sights set on even bigger prizes – Kellogg's Angler of the Year and
Forrest Wood Cup champion.
"I've been real close in the past, but I've never had that Angler of the Year
title," Ehrler said. "To be in the hunt for Angler of the Year feels really
great right now, but my number one goal is always to make it to the Forrest
Wood Cup. That's the most prestigious tournament that you can ever win. We're
early in the season, but I feel good right now and I hope it can pan out for
me for the rest of the year."
The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:
1^st: Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 20 bass, 60-9,
2^nd: Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Va., 20 bass, 53-5, $35,000
3^rd: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 50-8, $30,000
4^th: Rayovac pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 20 bass, 50-5,
5^th: Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 20 bass, 50-3, $20,000
6^th: Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas, 19 bass, 49-9, $17,000
7^th: Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla., 20 bass, 47-4, $16,000
8^th: Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 46-5, $15,000
9^th: Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 20 bass, 45-13,
10^th: 3M Scotch Tape and Peltor Brands pro Ray Scheide, Dover, Ark., 20
bass, 43-14, $13,000
A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Overall there were 50 bass weighing 116 pounds, 10 ounces caught by pros
Saturday. The catch included 10 five-bass limits.
Hoyt Tidwell of West Point, Tenn., won the co-angler division and $20,000
Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34 pounds, 1 ounce
followed by Anthony Goggins of Auburn, Ala., in second place with 15 bass
weighing 29-5 worth $7,500.
Pros competed for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points
in the hope of qualifying for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart,
the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point
standings from the six events on the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The
2013 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Shreveport, La., Aug. 15-18 on the Red River.
The Tour stop on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude was hosted by the
Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and was the second of six events on the
Walmart FLW Tour in the 2013 season. The next Walmart FLW Tour event will be
held at Beaver Lake presented by Kellogg's and will be held April 11-14 in
Rogers, Ark. The event will be hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors
Bureau and boats will launch from Prairie Creek Park in Rogers. For a complete
schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Coverage of the Lewis Smith Lake tournament will be broadcast in
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