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20 Questions for Brent Ehrler

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By Chris Jones
Southern Staff Writer


March 2, 2010

*GaryYamamoto Custom Baits would like to officially welcome Brent Ehrler, currently ranked the fourth angler in the world, as one of our National Pro-Staffers.

Staff Writer Chris Jones sat down with Brent and asked him how he got started, what he enjoys about his career at this moment, and where he’s headed.

1. Where are you from originally?

Redlands, CA.  I’ve lived there my entire life.

2. How did you get started bass fishing?

I have always loved fishing as a kid. Anything that would bite was ok with me.  Someone gave me some old Bassmaster Magazines when I was four or five years old. Traveling to Lake Havasu on a family vacation I asked my mom to read an article about "How to Rig and Fish a Plastic Worm".  I listened carefully and rigged my rod and reel up with a Texas Rig Plastic worm.

When we got to the lake; I walked down to the dock and dropped the worm next to the dock to see how it looked in the water. I did not cast it out; I just dropped it over the side of the dock and a bass swam over to the worm and ate it. I caught my first bass on a plastic worm and then I was really hooked after that.

3. What is the biggest bass you ever caught and on what?

My biggest fish is actually a tie. The first one was at Lake Murray in San Diego, 12lbs. 8oz. on a swimbait. The second one was at the California Delta on a 7" Black/Blue Senko. That one weighed 12lbs. 8oz also.

4. What do you love the most about tournament bass fishing?ehrler02

I love trying to figure out what the bass are doing in practice and then make it work for me in a tournament.

5. What is your greatest strength as an angler?

I do not think I am a specialist at any one thing. I feel like I can flip when I need to or crank and throw a shaky head or whatever it takes to catch them.

6. Now how about your greatest weakness?

I would say it is not being able to turn things around when I am having a bad tournament. I feel like if I did not catch them today; I am not going to catch them tomorrow either.

7. Where is your favorite place to fish?

I really like Falcon Lake but you cannot beat Clear Lake or the California Delta.

8. What is the strangest thing you have seen while traveling across our country?

The Nutria Rat. It is a rat as big as a dog!

9. What is the biggest mistake you see from most of the co-anglers that fish with you?

Most co-anglers are trying to compete with me. Some try to cast where I am casting and get caught up in what I am throwing. The guys that have done well out of the back of my boat have all done their own thing and didn’t get worried about what I was doing.

10. Do you have any superstitions?

None. I’m not superstitious. If it is your time then it is your time. Doesn’t matter which underwear or socks you have on.

11. Is the any way to put it into words the way you felt when you won the Forest Wood Cup in 2006?

There are no words that can describe it!

12. When you are not on the road fishing; what do you like to do?

I really like to snow ski and golf too.

13. What other jobs have you had in your life?

I have done some home building and remodels recently.  I was an assistant manager over condos at a ski resort for a while.  When I was younger I worked for my dad at his orthodontist office.  They made plaster molds of people’s teeth and I used to grind and wet sand the excess plaster off of the molds. The water was always splashing in my face from that grinder!

14. Do you have any money saving tips for the traveling angler?

Travel with a partner. You may not always be able to split gas but you can always split the cost of a room. That can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the course of a tournament year.

Another tip: Do not listen to dock talk about tackle. I can not tell you how money I wasted just before I went into a tournament because someone said that is what I needed to fish with. That stuff is still in the bag with the receipt.  Fish with what you have confidence in and don't over buy.

15. What bass fishing heroes did you have growing up?

Rick Clunn, Gary Kline, George Cockran. My local heroes were Dave Nolar from Redlands, CA and also Rich Tauber.

16. What’s the one lure that you could not live without?

Soft Plastic: There is one lure I could not live without. This is a no-brainer; a Senko in 912, green pumpkin/watermelon laminate, or 926, dark green pumpkin w/purple, black, emerald flake/amber laminate. There are so many things that you can do with this lure: weightless Texas Rig, wacky with or without a weight, Carolina rig, on a jig head and so on...

Hard Bait: Hard bait is a little harder to narrow down to just one lure. Let's face it; it is kind of hard to crank a Gunfish!

Topwater: 115 Gunfish 

Jerkbait: Slender Pointer 112

Shallow Crank: I have two; BDS 3 - Big Daddy Strike 3, and the SKT MR - Skeet Medium Runner, both from Lucky Craft

Lipless: LV 500

17. What goals have you yet to accomplish in your fishing career?

I really want to win Angler of the Year on the FLW Tour, I want to be the first person to win the Forest Wood Cup twice, and I really would like to qualify for a BASSMASTER Classic.

18. Do you have any regrets in your fishing career?

I am very happy so far with my career. I feel like I have surrounded myself with the best sponsors in the market and I fish on the best tournament series out there; The FLW Tour.  Don't get me wrong, there are several tournaments that I would like to go back and have another shot at, but no serious regrets.

19. Each year there seems to be a new hot lure or technique; what do you think this year has to offer?

This is not a new technique but it could come back and really catch a lot of fish for people:  A nose nail-weighted wacky-rigged Senko.

20. Is there a funny fact or something that the public does not know about you; that you don't mind telling?

I do not like to eat fish.

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