Brent Ehrler: Fighting Through the Pain
Brent Ehrler, of Redlands, California, is one of the FLW Tour’s most successful anglers. Ehrler stunned the field as he captured the title at Major League Fishing’s inaugural event, the Challenge Cup, at Lake Amistad. Since that event, Ehrler earned another title, at FLW’s first major tournament of 2012, at Hartwell Lake. In July, Ehrler was involved in a serious automobile accident in Forsyth County, Georgia, and he is still working to reach full recovery. In this blog, he talks about his injury and adds a glimpse into what the competition was like at his second Major League Fishing event, which was filmed recently at Chautauqua Lake in Western New York.
The second Major League Fishing event was a lot of fun. Obviously I can’t say anything about how the results went down, but I can tell you that it was a blast. It was another great experience.
It was nice to win the first one at Lake Amistad, but I know that every one of these is going to be a different challenge.
I don’t think I’m the only one that thought this event was a little easier, in a sense. It certainly wasn’t easier fishing against these guys, but from a stress standpoint, since we had one under our belts, we knew a little better what to expect.
This event was the complete opposite of the Amistad event. All you have to do is look at the size of the lake to know that the zones were smaller, and that created a whole different experience. It was easier to move around at Del Rio. At Chautauqua, we were fishing on top of each other. A lot of the time we were fishing the same banks, so you constantly had to choose whether to keep moving or just stay where you are.
That’s what I like about Major League Fishing. People are going to see us fishing in a lot of different environments. I’m looking forward to watching this event on TV. I think it’s going to be even better than the first one.
A lot of people know that I was involved in an accident in Georgia back in the summer, and I appreciate everyone’s concerns about how I’ve been doing.
I’m feeling a lot better. I’m definitely not 100 percent yet, but I’m at the point that when I start fishing, I can start to forget - at least for a while.
My injuries included a possible fracture of some ribs. There are some things that you just can’t pick up in an X-Ray. But I definitely have some cartilage issues. The problem with what happened to me is that you fix it by being in pain. The doctors told me that I could expect six weeks to six months of pain.
When I’m fishing, the pain comes at different times. It could be a hook set, it could be a cast, it could be just bouncing in the boat or lifting a box of tackle that gets me. When I’m casting, I might make 100 casts in a row and be fine, but then the 101st cast might be the one that gets me.
But, I’m happy I was able to fish this event. Even with the pain, it didn’t hurt all the time. So that left plenty of time to get in some good fishing.
Brent Ehrler NewsRSS
- MLF Anglers Dominate B.A.S.S. AOY Race
- KJ Captures Challenge Cup Title at Ray Bob
- Ehrler vs. KVD: The Race for Bassin' Supremacy
- Klein Focused on First MLF Finale
- Rojas Ready to Grind It Out in Finals
- Reese Looking for the Big Bite to Win at Ray Rob
- Jordon Hopes to Ride Big Bite Momentum
- Rojas Dominates Sudden Death Day One
- Evers Prepares for Sudden Death Stress Test
- Martens Rules Day Three at Ray Bob
- Howell Ready for Mental Grind on Ray Bob
- KVD Dominates Alpena Summit Cup Final
- KVD Looks to Complete Resume at Summit Cup
- KVD Unstoppable in Sudden Death
- Ehrler Puts on Day Two Topwater Clinic
- Alpena Summit Cup Filming Completed
- A Toast to the Champions
- Episode Six Re-Air: Crazy Momentum
Change in Challenge Cup Final
- Episode Four Re-Air: Challenge
Cup Sudden Death in Primetime
- Episode Two Re-Air: Former Champs
Meet in Istokpoga Elimination Round
- Late Evers Charge Yields
2013 Challenge Cup Win
- Crazy Momentum Change in Episode Six
- Evers, Ehrler on Top in Angler of the Year Races
- Ehrler Punches Ticket to Challenge Cup Finals
- Episode Four: Former Champion, Home-
State Favorite Battle in Sudden Death
- Ehrler Plans to Adapt During Sudden Death
- Jones Top Qualifier on Istokpoga Day Two
- Former Champs Compete in Episode Two
- Ehrler Hot on FLW Tour
- Man in the Moon Could Be the X-Factor
- Will Largemouth Continue to Prevail?
- Davis Goes Wire to Wire on Day 3
- Another Primetime Battle to the Finish
- Chautauqua Conjectures
- Lucky Craft Becomes 2013 League Sponsor
- Ehrler Stunning in Finals
- Ehrler's Self-Induced Pressure
Fueled Challenge Cup Victory
- Monroe Goes Wire to Wire at Big-O Elite
- Webisode Seven: Climb Inside the Minds
- Challenge Cup Final Four
- VanDam, Ehrler Championship Bound
- Sudden Death: The Race to 40 Pounds
- Ehrler First, Stone Third at FLW Event
- Quinn and 'Bama Rig Crush the Field
- 'Crushing' Performance in Webisode Four
- 'Bama Rig Dominates Webisode One
- OPTIMA Batteries Announces Sponsorship
- Mental Prep in Overdrive on Eve of Day 1
- Elimination Round Day 1: Angler Notes