Bass Fishing: Jack Waldschmidt and Adam Johnson have a banner day for Bradley
Updated: April 23, 2012 7:16PM
Jack Waldschmidt and Adam Johnson heard ‘‘Woolly-Bully’’ often enough to make it a winning tune Monday. The Bradley-Bourbonnais duo won the inaugural Braidwood bass fishing sectional with five largemouth bass weighing 15.92, the heaviest bag in the eight Chicago-area sectionals.
‘‘We probably caught 19 keepers, but it was tough finding the big ones,’’ Waldschmidt said.
Each team could weigh their five heaviest black bass (largemouth or smallmouth) of 12 inches or longer.
‘‘It was an hour and nine minutes in and we had our limit,’’’ the freshman Johnson said.
They were fishing mid-lake coves with Yum’s Wooly Bullee plastic, according to captain/coach Rick McCarty. Each school could have two boats, each captained by an adult with two high school fishermen.
Junior Andrew Schneider also advanced for Bradley, which reached state for the third year. The top three teams at each sectional advance to state at Carlyle Lake on May 4-5.
‘‘I downloaded ‘Woolly-Bully’ and played it when they caught a fish,’’ McCarty said.
That’s a lot of classic rock from Sam the Sham.
Braidwood, which replaced Tampier as a sectional site, was the opposite of a sham—it was the best area sectional. Though fog and wind caused it to be postponed from Friday to Monday.
Providence came in second with 14.37 pounds.
‘‘We had our limit by 8:30,’’ Providence captain Vince Ramirez said. ‘‘We culled after that.’’ Culling is releasing smaller fish to keep heavier ones.
Providence’s first shift — junior Duke Hill and freshman Matt Bomba — caught a quick limit, primarily fishing a point with crankbaits.
The second shift — seniors Wayne Andrews and Jake Dobry — had a tough act to follow.
‘‘I had to throw back a 2-pounder,’’ cracked Andrews.
Andrew came in third with 10.52 pounds when junior Dan Rogers switched to a green pumpkin Senko, which paid off with a series of big fish.