Ehrler’s late giant earns him TTBC crown, Morgan back at No. 1

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Ehrler_Brent_1505_TTBC_day3_hawg_574_OCTAGONOne hour made all the difference at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.

Up until the final hour of the event, the TTBC was all about Jason Christie, who had lead wire-to-nearly wire up until that point on Lake Fork. But in that final hour, Brent Ehrler caught a 10-11 giant and another 6-pounder, while Christie caught two just to fill out his limit. Ehrler’s two pigs culled him up nearly nine pounds, helping him overtake Christie for the title.

Ehrler’s win catapulted him from 10th to No. 3 in the Pro Ranking, but as noteworthy as that was, it wasn’t the biggest move.

A week after surrendering the top spot to Bryan Thrift, Andy Morgan once again regained the No. 1 spot in the ranking after finishing third at the TTBC.

With a stacked field of only 35 anglers, there is little margin for error when it comes to how anglers finished. So while Thrift finishing 21st in any FLW Tour event would be a great finish, it actually put him in the lower half of the finishers at the TTBC – significantly hurting his average. Though, not enough to drop him beyond the No. 2 spot.

The same thing happened to Jacob Powroznik, who slipped from third to eighth because of his 33rd-place finish. Meanwhile, Keith Combs did what he always does, finishing in the top 10 at the TTBC to jump into the top five.

Then there is Christie, who improved his average with his second-place finish but still remains in the No. 14 spot.

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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for BassRankings.com, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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