Minford, Ohio — Nicholas Boggs had a near perfect season fishing in his rookie year of the Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation Junior tournaments.
The 14-year-old Boggs finished second in the Kentucky B.A.S.S. Nation (KBN) Junior state qualifier tournament at Lake Herrington and then won the next three qualifiers at Lake Cumberland, Lake Barkley and Green River Lake. He won the KBN Junior Angler of the Year Award with 1,195 points out of a possible 1,200 points.
Throughout the year, Boggs fished tournaments with his dad, Michael, in the Louisa Bass Club and in the state qualifiers he fished by himself with Michael serving as his boat captain. Nicholas kept his hot streak alive by winning the KBN Junior State Championship Sept. 15-16, 2018, with a total of eight bass weighing 15.21 pounds. The victory earned him a berth to the 2019 Bassmaster Junior National Championship where he will be paired with R. Scott Hagan, the runner-up of the KBN Junior State Championship.
Boggs and his partner Brady Howard competed in the TBF Kentucky junior program in 2018 and won a state qualifier and a state tournament. The previous year Boggs won the TBF state championship while fishing individually and qualified for the national championship where he and Howard finished fourth overall.
The Ohio teen decided to join the KBN junior program when his dad suggested he should give it a try. “Dad said it was a little bit bigger and had a little more competition (than the TBF) so I wanted to try it,” Boggs said.
Boggs hopes to fish for a high school bass club eventually but his local school doesn’t have a team. So he plans on starting a consolidated B.A.S.S. High School club with Howard so they can compete in KBN high school tournaments.