QUITMAN, TX (May 25, 2015) – It’s hard to top a 10-pound, 1-ounce bass. That is precisely what each of the anglers at the 2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic had been trying to do ever since Jason Christie posted his giant largemouth to the leaderboard on day one.
In fact, the field fished for nearly two full competition days without being able to come within a pound of the days one and two leader. It looked as though the Park Hill, Okla. Pro was going to drive the Tundra Big Bass prize home.
Then, the clock struck 12:48PM, as did Brent Ehrler.
With a little more than an hour and a half left in the final day, Ehrler hooked a 10-pound, 11-ounce largemouth bass that would eventually eclipse Christie’s bass, catapult him into the lead for the tournament, and earn a set of keys to a brand new 2015 Toyota Tundra for his efforts.
Ironically, Ehrler said that he told Christie he was gunning for his fish in the morning. “I told him that I was going to catch a 10-2 because he couldn’t win everything,” said Ehrler. “I knew there were big fish in the area I was going to, but you never know if you can get one of them to bite, and then if you can land them after.”
Ehrler said that he caught his truck winning bass on a six-inch hollow bellied paddletail swimbait on a 1-ounce FishBoss swimbait head. He threw the lure on 16-pound-test Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon spooled on a 6.3:1 Daiwa Tatula reel and 7’6” Daiwa Zillion Flippin’ Rod.
“I told my judge and my cameraman that I felt like I was gonna catch a big one anytime, and four casts later, I caught that one,” he said. “It was really cool, I felt a little tick and the line went slack. I set the hook and she came straight to the surface and jumped and felt like it took forever, but I put her in the boat; it was unbelievable.”
The bass not only earned him a new Toyota Tundra, but it anchored a 31-pound, 8-ounce limit that brought his total to 89 pounds, 12 ounces for the tournament; good enough for the win, the $100,000 and the Nitro Z21 / Mercury 250 Pro XS bonus prize.