You can argue the merits of the Bassmaster Elites versus the FLW Tour, but frankly, the way the anglers finish in the standings of their respective circuits this season will have an impact on naming California’s best bass fisherman.  Right now, that means the way Skeet Reese and Brent Ehrler “hit the tape” will almost cement their spots on the 2010 California Top 40 list.

But what spot will it be? Auburn’s  Reese, who was skating his way to AOY honors on the Bassmaster Elites Tour and a virtual lock for the top of “the List” is no longer the sure thing he was just a month ago. In a field of only 93 pros, missing the “50% cut” twice in a row on the tour has opened the door for Edwin Evers of Oklahoma.

Likewise, Oklahoma’s Red River is the final stop for the Bassmasters before the dreaded “post season” and we know how that ended up last year. Reconfigured points gave the AOY title to Kevin VanDam, as if he needed any help.

On the other hand, Redlands’ Ehrler has closed the gap to barely 20 points in the FLW Tour lead, already having won two events on the schedule. The last tour stop will be in two weeks on Guntersville in Alabama, before he competes in the Forrest Wood Cup in August at Ouachita Lake in Arkansas.

But Ehrler also has stout credentials on a second tour–the National Guard West–where is running neck and neck for the top spot with another Californian, Cody Meyer of Grass Valley. That circuit concludes on Roosevelt Lake in September and probably doesn’t favor either angler, but I would expect Brent will contend for the points title.

It’s not settled yet, of course. And there are some other Cali’s who have had strong seasons that will make it tough for the Top 40 committee to rank the balance of the group. One thing is for sure. What happens in the coming months will either make my job easy–or keep me up late at night.


3 Responses to “Reese v. Ehrler: Key moments coming up”

The Forest Wood Cup is on Lake Lanier this year and Ouachita in 2011.

by George Kramer

Thanks for setting me straight, Bassin8r. I would say then that Brent’s shaky head on those Lanier brush piles would give him a great opportunity for a high finish.

I would have to agree with Brent being able to catch those spotted bass down there.

BTW – I enjoy reading your articles. They sure remind me of growing up fishing on southern California.