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Bass Fishing: Providence advances to state finals

Matt Bombholds bag while Matt Harringtpulls out anchor bass for Providence which wBraidwood Lake Sectional. | Dale Bowman~For Sun-Times Media

Matt Bomba holds the bag while Matt Harrington pulls out the anchor bass for Providence, which won the Braidwood Lake Sectional. | Dale Bowman~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 24, 2013 6:34AM



And the last shall be first — at least in bass fishing.

Providence advanced to the state championship for the second straight year, winning the Braidwood Lake Sectional with 9.44 pounds.

Sophomore Matt Bomba, making his second trip to state, and junior Matt Harrington caught the only five-fish limit despite being the final draw for takeoff at 20th.

“I told them it doesn’t matter when you take off, just where you finish,’’ coach Vince Ramirez said.

Bishop McNamara (4 fish, 6.60 pounds) and Coal City (3, 5.88) also advanced to the state finals, which will be held May 3 and 4 at Carlyle Lake.

The sectional had 11 schools. Each school could enter two boats (Grant Park and Gardner-South Wilmington each had only one boat).

Like the other eight Chicago-area sectionals, Braidwood was postponed Friday because of flooding.

Harrington anchored Providence’s winning haul with a 2.94-pound largemouth. He said he caught the big fish in front of Rick (McCarty, the Illinois bass fishing legend who helps coach Bradley).

Bomba was mostly close-mouthed about techniques but said, “We ran around some and culled three times.’’

Each boat had an adult captain/driver and two students could fish. Each team weighed its heaviest largemouth or smallmouth bass, 12 inches or longer.

Ramirez said they primarily threw crankbaits and followed up with plastics.

“We started on the hot side and worked our way back,’’ he said.

Legend Boats rep Wayne Diederichs, the captain, said the kids lost only one small fish early, then boated the others “one here and one there.’’

Bishop McNamara advanced to state behind senior Cory Martin and junior Matt Marco. They were casting primarily crankbaits on the hot-side riprap. Their driver was Paul Pelletier.

“It was a real slow day,’’ Martin said. “It was like an hour and a half between fish.’’

Coal City sophomore Tyler Sanders caught the big fish of the day (3.17 pounds) with an Omega Custom Tackle flipping jig on the cold side. His partner was sophomore Justin Zvitkovits.

Reed-Custer led early, but finished fourth with 4.5 pounds.



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