Local kid cruising through tournament angler’s dream

Eighth-grader Bradley Wells, 14, will graduate Bonita Springs Middle School and jump right into a sea of plans fishing tournaments down in the Florida Keys on his summer vacation.

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Eighth-grader Bradley Wells, 14, will graduate Bonita Springs Middle School and jump right into a sea of plans fishing tournaments down in the Florida Keys on his summer vacation.

Eighth-grader Bradley Wells, 14, will graduate Bonita Springs Middle School and jump right into a sea of plans fishing tournaments down in the Florida Keys on his summer vacation.

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Eighth-grader Bradley Wells, 14, will graduate Bonita Springs Middle School and jump right into a sea of plans fishing tournaments down in the Florida Keys on his summer vacation.

Eighth-grader Bradley Wells, 14, will graduate Bonita Springs Middle School and jump right into a sea of plans fishing tournaments down in the Florida Keys on his summer vacation.

The Banner: What are your plans for the summer?

Bradley Wells: When I graduate eighth grade, I’m going to hopefully go down to the Keys to fish lots of tournaments for Rotary Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Cancer Foundation. I have to defend prior titles.

T.B.: What is your favorite thing about summer?

B.W.: Probably, being able to go out and do what I enjoy and not have homework every night. Being able to swim everyday and hang out at our house in the Keys.

T.B.: What will you miss most about school?

B.W.: Well, probably my friends, and a few of my teachers.

T.B.: What’s your favorite summer memory?

B.W.: Probably, in one of the tournaments we fished, it was a three-day tournament, I caught a first place fish (a dolphin) on the first day of the tournament and held the title by 3 ounces … and walking up to the stage to get my trophy and check.

T.B.: Do you and your family or friends have any summer traditions?

B.W.: Every year, my family has been fishing all these different tournaments. We walk up and they know all of our information all ready… and during the lobster season we always do spaghetti and lobster.

T.B.: Are you going on any trips or to any camps this summer?

B.W.: Well, it depends on how the economy picks up. We might go to Bimini. My sister and I might be going to a three-week sailing camp down in Key West.

T.B.: If you could plan the perfect vacation, what would it be?

B.W. Probably a few weeks with my family to different fishing spots and just hanging out. There are a lot of places we want to fish that we haven’t fished, either Bimini or the Dry Tortugas.

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