California’s Brent Ehrler came into the FLW Outdoors season opener on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee with the big picture in mind – finish in the top 100. So why did his 77 th-place effort leave a bittersweet taste in this Lucky Craft Pro’s mouth?
“All in all, I guess I’m happy,” said Ehrler, who is heading into his second full season as a full-time FLW Tour professional. “At the same time, I’m disappointed because I couldn’t capitalize on my 28 th-place starting point after the first day. I just didn’t catch them that second day.”
Traditionally, Florida’s bass population is among the most fickle on the planet. They were on an upswing that Wednesday, as he reeled in 12 pounds, 10 ounces and pointed towards making the cut. But once the wind and weather shifted, so did Ehrler’s fortunes.
“The fishing changes so quickly there,” said Ehrler, who struggled to discover the limited mats of cover mostly destroyed by last year’s hurricane season. “The water is so shallow and the weather comes up so fast that it’s hard to predict what they are going to do. It’s 80 degrees during the day, but drops to 38 overnight which cools the water by 15 degrees. You just couldn’t predict how they would react.