Nic Ball, a member of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club (CYBC), is headed to the The Bass Federation Junior World Championship next year, after taking a first place in the Ohio Bass Federation's junior tournament. Ball will compete in the 11-14 age group.
Ball earned a trip to the Red River in Louisiana in August 2013 by landing a 3.72-pound largemouth during the statewide tournament, held at O'Shaughnessy Reservoir, north of Columbus, on Aug. 25. He also took big bass honors for the day.
"This is Nic's first year in the club and his parents were smiling ear to ear," said advisor Angela Poling. "His grandpa called many times that day to find out how he was doing. I bet grandpa has told everyone that he taught him everything he knows about fishing."
The Ball family is planning a vacation in Louisiana to coincide with next year's national event, Poling added.
Ball was one of 10 CYBC members who participated in the statewide tournament this year. Member Tristen Walters placed third in the 11-14 age group with two fish weighing 2.65 pounds. Alex Vick took third in the 15-18 age group with two fish weighing 2.83 pounds.
A total of 66 young anglers, ages 11 to 18, participated in the Ohio Junior Bass Federation State Championship.
Second place honors among 11-14 year olds went to Weston Dunn of Walnut Springs Middle School with three fish weighing 2.94 pounds.
Reece Eddleblute of the Perry County Renegades took second place among 15-18 year olds with four fish weighing 4.26 pounds. Daryk Eckert of the same club scored first in that age group with four fish weighing 5.26 pounds. This was the eighth year Eckert competed in the state championship. He won the national title in 2009.