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KBF National Championship

The granddaddy of all kayak fishing competition, with the top prize money ($100,000 minimum for first place in 2018), the deepest pay-out (projected to pay 87 places this year) and the most KBF and Sponsor bonuses brings kayak bass fishermen from all over North America to Kentucky Lake on March 22-25 2018.


Forty-one meet-up tournaments across America are hosted by KBF Partner clubs, circuits, and organizations. $75 entry fees, opportunities to collect 2018 KBF Angler of the Year points, and 2019 KBF National Championship qualifying slots, plus a 10% of field payout with a minimum $1,000 to first place makes this a regional favorite among KBF Members.


Across the US, KBF Members and guests will have a choice of five large-scale open-registration tournaments  $150 entry fees, opportunities for KBF Members to collect KBF Angler of the Year points, and KBF National Championship qualifying slots, plus a 10% of field payout.

KBF Member-only Events

KBF’s The TEN, Bienville Bassin, KBF Young Guns, KBF Collegiate Team Challenge Series, and other meet-up tournaments where KBF Membership is required are presented each year. Both novices and veterans find plenty to enjoy in these get-togethers. Camaraderie within the kayak fishing community, even more than competition, is what brings us together time and time again. KBF’s Angler of the Year year-long race is fiercely contested, with the winner not only claiming hot-stick status but a prize package valued at between $10,000-$20,000.

KBF National Challenges

One Night Stands the final Friday of each month from April through October. Father’s Day Challenges. Back to School(ing Bass) Challenge in August. Black (Bass) Friday Challenge. All these and more add more opportunities to compete and win on waters close to home, and usually during hours that can be found around work and family commitments.

KBF State Challenge Series

KBF’s Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) style of tournament and the use of tournament management systems make possible these month-long competitions, where KBF Members pit themselves against anglers in their own state or multi-state group, on their favorite public waters, on their own schedule. KBF AOY Points, KBF National Championship qualifying slots, and cash prizes in each state help ensure that anglers have opportunities for competition and rewards close to home.

KBF 2018 Sponsors

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YakAttackYETI Coolers Sponsors KBF

Bending BranchesPower-Pole Sponsors KBF

NUCANOE Sponsors KBFNRS Sponsors KBF

Doomsday Tackle Co Sponsors KBFLowrance 60 Anniversary

All Pro Rods Sponsors KBFNINES - Polarized Perfected

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KBF News & Updates

2018 KBF Angler of the Year Program Announcement

One of the most prestigious titles in any sport is that of the MVP or Individual Titles that recognize the best and most consistent competitor in that sport. For fishing, that position is that of the Angler of the Year. So, KBF established the Angler of the Year...

KBF BONUS BUCKS Program Overview

You have probably heard the old adage "You gotta be in it to win it!". Well, if you have heard that one, you have probably also heard this one too, "What's in for me?"  At KBF, we understand both of those and that is why we have overhauled the KBF BONUS BUCKS Program...

Did We Miss You?

KBF has more staff now than ever and we have worked hard over the last two months to define and then redefine (and refine) responsibilities to best serve you all. One area that has been difficult (especially for me) at times is communication. This is mostly due to the...

KBF Rules Review

KBF Rules Standard revisions are now available for KBF Members' review These revisions are part of KBF's continuous improvement process. They reflect input from our Members, Partners, and Advisors. They go into effect January 14, 2017. These will be the...

KBF Youth Division Tournament
Free Entry |  6 – 16 Year of Age
Kentucky Lake | Sat, April 1, 2017
Henry Co. Fairgrounds | Paris, Tennessee

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Why Kayak Fishing?

Why is kayak fishing the fastest-growing segment of the sportfishing market? Is kayak bass fishing healthier for anglers as well as the ecosystem? Does kayak angling practice better stewardship of our natural resources? Do the economics of kayak fishing allow more anglers to escape the shore? Do they encourage bass boat anglers to rediscover the pure, simple enjoyment of fishing without breaking the bank? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. But to really understand kayak bass fishing’s exploding popularity, one has only to look at the faces of those engaged in this sport.

Let’s talk

If you’re interested in growing with KBF as a kayak fishing club or circuit, or if you’re interested in a sponsorship that helps your business build a stronger relationship in the kayak fishing community, or if you need assistance or information, get in contact with KBF today. In the kayak fishing arena, KBF is blazing trails that others follow. We look forward to forging ahead together.

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Hendersonville, TN  37075
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