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Steve Bereda, an accomplished competitor, was paired once again with another veteran angler Burt Lund. They were a team six or eight years ago. The duo pre-fished the lake two days prior to the tournament. “We were catching bass right and left. I told my wife (Kay) that Burt and I were going to have a great day. I thought we might even win it and I usually don’t tell her that.” On the other hand, Aaron Quarles didn’t bother to practice for the first of seven tests on the 2009-10 Angler’s Choice Central Coast schedule.

so what happened? Santa Margarita’s Bereda and Lund from Atascadero finished 11th with a 5.88-pound limit. “We culled fish twice but we never got a bite after 10:30,” Bereda groaned.

and Quarles? “I grew up fishing Laguna Lake so cold muddy water doesn’t bother me,” the 31-year-old San Luis Obispo resident confided. Competing without a partner in a team tournament is considered to be a handicap. Not this time. Sal Rocha, Jr., who will be Aaron’s teammate this season, had to cancel at the last minute. So Quarles made do without the help of Patriot Sportfishing’s saltwater skipper. Fishing in water 5 to 15 feet throughout, Quarles said he caught 13 to 15 fish. “I used plastics with dark hues,” the Cal Poly housing employee revealed. What he didn’t disclose was where

While the lake is a mini image of its normal self, its present condition is revealing the secrets of the deep not witnessed in decades. For sure, tournament bass fishermen who compete on Lake Nacimiento are either filling notebooks with vital information or committing to memory topography that only a body of water at a mere 12% of capacity can disclose. Rocky structure usually deep under water currently is exposed. Experienced anglers are filing away strategies to be utilized in future competitions when what is visible now will be engulfed by water. ‘Nacie’ was the site of a U.S. Angler’s Choice event last Satur- day and the idiosyncrasies that are part of tournament bass fish- ing came into play once more.

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