2012 Bass Pro Shops Central Open #1 Lewisville Lake - Lewisville, TX, Feb 9 - 11, 2012

New kid on the lake

10:19 am CST, Feb 12, 2012 | By Rob Russow

This is Josh Bertrand on Day Three.

 

The 23-year-old Bertrand is no stranger to tournaments, having competed since he was 13.

 

This is the first time he's has been to Lewisville. Although he enjoys coming out east, he spends most of his time as a fishing guide out west on the lakes around his home in central Arizona.


His ultimate passion, though, is fishing tournaments.


"I would love to do this for a living," Bertrand said. "I don't know if it will happen this year or in 10 years, but I'm going to keep trying."


Being in contention for a Classic berth has been a surreal experience for him.


"Every time I think about it, my heart starts racing and I forget where I am," Bertrand said. "It's amazing to think that the Classic could be one fish away. And yet getting that one fish to bite can be so hard."


Almost immediately after saying that, Bertrand hooks up with his first fish, a good one that loads the rod up. He plays it carefully to the boat, readies the net and scoops up a big ... drum.


A heartbreaking development, knowing that could have been the one.

 

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