Zaldain, Martens, Ehrler all winners at Sturgeon Bay


8T3D3472-1And then there were none.

With the BASS Elite Series Toyota Angler of the Year Championship on Sturgeon Bay in the books, so with it is the 2015 Major season. We’ll do a total season recap in the upcoming weeks, but for now let’s look at things after Chris Zaldain’s victory.

Technically there was no “winner” at Sturgeon Bay, but Zaldain brought in the most weight for the tournament. That makes him the winner in our rankings. Thus, he jumped from 62nd into the top 50, as he now resides in 47th.

Meanwhile, a pair of top 10 anglers took home big awards. Aaron Martens finished strong and claimed his third Angler of the Year title. One would think with Martens’ finishes in the AOY standings the last few years he’d be No. 1, but when you factor in his recent Classic and TTBC finishes, those hurt his average. In fact, his 29th at Sturgeon Bay actually hurt his average, dropping him one spot to sixth.

As for the other noteworthy title, that goes to Brent Ehrler. The former FLW Tour standout proved he’s also a stud on the Elite Series, as he earned Rookie of the Year. Ehrler is currently ranked No. 3 overall.

We did have a new angler in the top 10 this week. In fact, Jordan Lee has officially fished enough Major events to debut at No. 9 overall.


About Author

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, 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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