David Dudley, highly regarded tournament pro in both the FLW and B.A.S.S. ranks, was the FLW Angler of the Year in 2012 and his performance has raised him to the 3rd spot in the Bassfan.com World Rankings. But after two major events in 2013, the Lynchburg, Virginian’s record could better be described as a dud.

On the other hand, Redlands pro and favorite son Brent Ehrler sits high atop the FLW Tour standings, thanks to a lightning fast start. His runner-up finish in Florida and this past weekend’s title at Alabama’s Lewis Smith Lake (his fifth Tour championship) have put many of his competitors in his rearview mirror.

A year ago, Brent slid to the 30’s in the points race–where the highlight of his year may have been a highway accident that sent him to the emergency room and his truck to the scrapyard. But pro anglers don’t just get up in the morning, they get up with the will to be even better. Ehrler has clearly ignited the new year, yet he hardly knows his ceiling.

I say that based on his published statement: “”I was more nervous about this one than any other win I’ve had. I couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t eat, and I think it was because I was flying by the seat of my pants the whole time. I didn’t know when I was going to catch fish or where it was going to happen.”

That, I’m comfortable saying, are the words of a natural. His confidence and his sense that he was on the trail wasn’t based on GPS or days of pre-practice. It was based going with what he saw in front of him, combined with on-the-water experience.

Think about it. We’ve all had that same feeling before–“I didn’t know when I was going to catch fish or where it was going to happen.” The difference is, we rarely turn those misgivings into a $125,000 win.

I think it’s about time we gave this 36-year old the credit he deserves. He can catch ’em. And as for the key to a season long success–he’s also hit on the perfect plan. Start fast and put the pressure on the field.

Brent has got it going.



4 Responses to “The secret to success? Start fast…”

I read he erases all his wey-points before each tournament season and starts fresh. All I know is that not only can he fish, he’s very down to Earth and one real nice guy! One of my favorite pros.

He’s an amazing angler George.

after seeing his amazing bag on lake piru, on “the lost lake” feature of wfn tv channel,during the month of december with northern largemouths, i became a believer in his skills !

Go Brent!!
Been a fan since he was kicking my butt at Perris.