After six full seasons fishing FLW tournaments, a Forrest Wood Cup Championship and more than $1.6 million in career earnings, Ranger Pro Brent Ehrler continues to raise the bar for the meteoric rise of his still young career. On September 26, Ehrler added another achievement to his steadily growing resume, winning the 2010 FLW Series Western Division Angler of the Year with his third-place finish at Lake Roosevelt.
Ehrler captured the series crown on the strength of three, Top-4 finishes in the four-tournament series schedule, including a win in the series’ first event of 2010 on Lake Shasta. The FLW Series Western Division crown caps one of the most successful years in the career of the 33-year-old Redlands, Calif., native, coming on the heels of a fifth-place finish in the FLW Tour Angler of the Year standings with a pair of regular-season tournament wins and a fourth-place finish at the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.
In addition to his success on Tour, Ehrler has capitalized on loads of Ranger bonus money. The Ranger Cup program – designed to reward Ranger owners in tournaments of all levels – has awarded over 14 million to Ranger anglers across the country. For Ehrler’s part, he’s raked in nearly $200,000 over the course of the last four seasons, including an incredible $56,000 in 2010 alone.
Ehrler is now automatically qualified for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup, scheduled for next summer on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita. In 2006, Ehrler won the $500,000 Forrest Wood Cup on Logan Martin Lake.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Ehrler. “Winning this title and already being qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup really takes some pressure off fishing the FLW Tour. In terms of confidence, this season has just been incredible. I can’t wait to visit Ouachita for the championship. The competition is always tough but I’ve got some experience there and will do everything I can to become the first two-time Forrest Wood Cup Champion.”
Brent Ehrler: 2010 FLW Series Western Division Finishes
Lake Shasta – First place
Lake Mead – Fourth place
California Delta – 19th place
Lake Roosevelt – Third place
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