2017 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship

March 2017 • Kentucky Lake • Paris, Tennessee
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The Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will be the top freshwater kayak fishing tournament of 2017, with the largest payout, most added money and top competition from around the Kayak Bass Fishing Nation.

2017 KBF National Championship Competition Rules Addendum

This is an addendum to the KBF Competition Rules Standards. The rules that follow are specific to the 2017 KBF National Championship.

    1. KBF National ChampionshipVenue Host: Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
    2. Tournament HQ: Henry County Fairground, 565 Royal Oak Drive, Paris, Tennessee
    3. Tournament Director: Chad Hoover
    4. Eligibility: This event is limited to 2016 KBF Members who qualified through KBF and KBF-sanctioned tournaments, challenges, tournament trails, KBF Partner clubs, and events.
    5. Competition Rules: KBF Rules are in two parts:
      1. By registering, each competitor acknowledges he has read and agrees to abide by (a.) the KBF Competition Rules Standards (including the Release and Indemnification Agreement and Copyright and Use of Images Agreement) and to (b.) the specific rules outlined in the KBF Competition Rules Addendum on this page; and
      2. The competitor further agrees to abide by the KBF Event Participation Terms and Conditions.
    6. Event Schedule
      1. Competition start times were established as approximately one hour before sunrise.
      2. Thursday 3/30, 4:00 p.m.: Prefishing on Eligible Water ends.
      3. Thursday 3/30, 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Check-in and Late Registrations at Tournament HQ
      4. Thursday 3/30, 6:30 p.m., approximately: Immediately following KBF OPEN Awards Ceremony, mandatory Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ
      5. Friday 3/31, 6:00 a.m:. Competition Start Time. Anglers may be on Eligible water earlier, but no lines in water until 6 a.m.
      6. Friday 3/31,3:00 p.m.: Deadline to be in line at Tournament HQ for on-site upload of digital photos via memory card or cable.
      7. Friday 3/31,4:00 p.m.: All anglers must be in or through the judges line at Tournament HQ for photo confirmation.
      8. Friday 3/31,5:00 p.m.: Mandatory Captains Meeting
      9. Saturday 4/1, 6:00 a.m.: Competition Start Time
      10. Saturday 4/1, 3:00 p.m.: Deadline to be in line at Tournament HQ for on-site upload of digital photos via memory card or cable.
      11. Saturday 4/1, 4:00 p.m.: all anglers must be in or through the judges line at tournament HQ for photo confirmation and distribution of meal tickets.
      12. Saturday 4/1, 4:30 p.m.: (or as soon as possible thereafter) Begin Awards Ceremony at Tournament HQ
    7. Spring 2016 Kayak Bass Fishing KBF OPEN Fishing Tournament Eligible Waters

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      Eligible Water & Location: For the 2017 KBF National Championship, eligible waters are Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, bounded by the two dams in the north, I-40 in the south, and the Red River confluence with the Cumberland River in the east, plus any backwaters, bays, creeks and sloughs contiguous to those lakes at summer pool level. Water must be accessible by paddling a kayak from the main bodies of water; they may not be separated by a dam, levee, bar, reef, berm, other land form.

    8. Entry Fee and Registration Procedures
      1. This event is conducted as an online KBF Tournament powered by TourneyX.
      2. Sign up and pay the Entry Fee at TourneyX.
      3. Entry Fee Amount: $250.
      4. Check-in and Captains Meetings will be at Tournament HQ.
      5. Entry Fee Transfers—Up until one week prior to the event, Entry Fees may be transferred to another Competitor’s account. There is no service charge for transfers.
      6. Entry Fee Refunds—Refund requests must be received by Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC by email or in writing no later than one week prior to the event. All refunds will be assessed a 10% service charge.
    9. Manual Submission of Digital Photos: The preferred channel for submitting digital photos is upload from the angler’s smart phone directly to to TourneyX. If an Competitor cannot or will not upload photos to Tourney X, Tournament Staff will do so at Tournament HQ. Anglers who need to have their digital photos upload to TourneyX by Tournament Staff must be in line at Tournament HQ by 3 p.m. on Competition Days and be prepared to surrender their camera’s memory card or cell phone and cable. No Competitor who arrives in line after 3:00 p.m. will be allowed to turn in their memory card or cable to Tournament Staff for on-site uploads.
    10. Prizes
      1. The number of places and payout amounts will vary with the number of registered competitors.
      2. In addition the 20 top anglers not previously qualified will qualify for slots at the 2018 KBF National Championships:
      3. In addition to prizes, BONUS BUCKS will be awarded to Program participants who finish high in the ranks and, in some cases, own and use KBF Sponsors’ products.
    11. Awarding of Prizes
      1. Competitors must be present to receive awards.
      2. Cash prizes and BONUS BUCKS bonuses will be distributed at the Saturday evening National Championship Awards Ceremony at Tournament HQ.
      3. Tournament results will be visible on TourneyX and subsequently will be posted on this Website and on Facebook 
        A Kentucky and Tennessee reciprocal fishing license agreement permits anglers with a valid fishing license from either state to fish certain areas of the state, as defined below. In all of Lake Barkley and on Kentucky Lake outside of the applicable area, competitors must carry a valid fishing license issued by the state(s) in whose waters they fish.

From the Kentucky Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Page 15

On Kentucky Lake, anglers with either a valid Kentucky or Tennessee sport fishing license may fish from Eggner’s Ferry Bridge (U.S. 68 and Hwy. 80) in Kentucky south to the Governor Ned McWhorter Bridge (U.S. 79 and Hwy. 76) in Tennessee. This includes all embayments and tributaries, except the Blood River embayment in Kentucky. Anglers must abide by the fishing regulations of the state in which they are fishing.

From the 2016 Tennessee Fishing Guide, Page 43

Each state will recognize the sport fishing licenses for the other state on the portion of Kentucky Lake south of the Eggners Ferry Bridge (US 68 & Hwy. 80) in Kentucky and north of the Governor Ned McWherter Bridge (US 79 & Hwy. 76) in Tennessee. This includes all embayments and tributaries within this portion of Kentucky Lake except the Blood River embayment. Blood River embayment shall be defined as a straight line between opposite points where the embayment connects to the main body of Kentucky Lake. A sport fishing license holder from either state may fish from the bank or attach legal sport fishing trot or limb lines in this described portion of Kentucky Lake.
     Sport fishing license holders shall abide by the regulations of the state in whose waters they are fishing. Wildlife enforcement officials in either state shall have the right to inspect the licenses, permits, catches and equipment of any person on this portion of Kentucky Lake subject to the laws of either state.

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National Championship Qualified Anglers Roster

Competitors in KBF-directed competition and in KBF Partner organizations qualify for slot(s) in the 2017 National Championship:

  • The top 20 places at the 2016 National Championship
  • The top 20 places at the 2016 KBF OPEN on Kentucky Lake (we intended 10 but originally announced 20, so we’re honoring that and qualifying the top 20)
  • The top 10 places at the other two KBF OPEN Series tournament during 2016 (West Virginia and Toledo Bend)
  • The top 5 places at each KBF TRAIL Series tournament
  • The single top KBF Member in each KBF Regional Challenge (and other KBF Challenge identified as a “Qualifying Event”)
  • The top 10 KBF Members at the MSKA Flood Relief Tournement (Non-members have two weeks from date of award to join KBF, or their slot rolls down to the top alternate in that event.)
  • From 2 to 10 top anglers from each KBF Partner organization through a process of their own choosing (e.g., top 10 in AOY rankings)

In any case, if a competitor qualifies for a slot at the 2017 National Championship and has previously qualified in another Challenge or Tournament, then the slot rolls down to the first not previously qualified alternate. For example, if Bob Smith qualifies at the 2016 KBF OPEN because he was in the top 10 and later comes in first in the KBF-RC1605 Southeast Region KBF Challenge, then since he already qualified the slot will be offered to Ed Jones, who placed second. If Ed, too, previously qualified, then the slot rolls on down to the next highest ranking competitor in that event.

Qualification “roll-downs” are not retroactive; that is, if a competitor qualifies in an OPEN and later qualifies in a Challenge, KBF does not go back to the earlier OPEN and roll that slot down to the next alternate. Slots roll down only in the competition in which a previously qualified competitor qualifies again.

All TRAIL and KBF Regional Challenge competitors are KBF Members. KBF OPEN competitors may be non-Members. If a competitor in a KBF OPEN or other qualifying event, like a KBF Partner championship or AOY competition, is NOT a KBF Member at the time he is awarded a qualifying slot, he has two weeks from the award date in which to join KBF. If he chooses not to do so, then the slot is rescinded and rolls down to the highest-placing unqualified competitor in the same event.

Example: If Kim Jones qualifies in the KBF OPEN in West Virginia and is not a KBF Member at the time, then he has two weeks in which to join KBF. If he decides not to join in that two-week window, then the qualification is withdrawn and the slot is offered to the top down-ranked alternate who has not previously qualified.

Below is a list of KBF Members who qualified during 2016 for 2017 KBF National Championship slots through (a.) KBF Challenges and Tournaments and (b.) KBF Partner awards. This list was updated on October 18, 2016 and includes qualified slots up through the September One-Night Stand Challenge, the September KBF Regional Challenges, and the KBF OPEN – Toledo Bend. It also includes anglers who qualified through the following KBF Partner organizations:

  • Arkansas Kayak Anglers
  • Carolina Kayak Anglers
  • Kayak Fish the Great Lakes
  • Mountain State Kayak Anglers
  • North East Kansas Kayak Anglers
  • New York KBF
  • Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing

Aaron Miller: 1604KRC-MS
Aaron Roberts: OKBF
Adam Street: 2016KBFNC
Adam Tackett: KBFOPENTD
AJ McWhorter: 2016OPENKYLK, 2016KBFNC
Alan Wiedmeyer: 2016KBFNC
Amos Hicks: MSKAFRT
Andy Thompson Jr: 1607KRC-SE, ONSC1608, 1608KRC-BS, BTSBC-SE, ONS1609
Andy Thompson: ONSC1607, ONSC1608
Anthony C aldwell: MSKAFRT
Anthony Rinehart: 2016OPENWVA
Austin Lilly: 2016OPENWVA
Anthony Rinehart: 2016OPENWVA
Benjamin Adrien: KBFOPENTD
Benny Williams: 2016KBFNC
Blace Hutchens: 2016OPENWVA
Bob Bogdal: 2016OPENKYLK
Bob Strempek: 1608KRC-BS
Bob Strempek: 1608KRC-BS
Brandon Jessup: MSKAFRT
Brandon Sorg: KBFTRAILDH
Brandon Watson: KBFTTRAILG
Brent Lanier: MSKAFRT
Brandon Watson: KBFTTRAILG
Brent Lanier: MSKAFRT
Brian Aliff: 1604KRC-EC, 2016OPENWVA, BTSBC-EC
Brian Butcher: 2016OPENWVA
Brian Butterfield: 1605KRC-EC
Brian Cornelison: OKBF
Brian Slone: MSKAFRT
Brian Wisner: 1606KRC-MN
Bryan Bostic: MSKAFRT
Chris LeMessieur: GLKFS
Casey Reed: ONSC1606
Chris Alkire: 2016KBFNC
Chris Gravely: K&G
Chris LeMessieur: GLKFS
Chris LeMessurier: KFTGLD
Clayton George: NYKBF
Chris St Pierre: KFTGL2
Chris Whitehill: 1608KRC-WC
Christian Mckenzie: KBFTRAILOH
Christopher Anglin: KBFOPENTD
Clayton George: NYKBF
Clint Henderson: 2016KBFNC, 1606KRC-SE, KBFTTRAILW
Copeland Still: 2016OPENKYLK
Cory Dreyer: 2016KBFNC, 1606KRC-MS, 1608KRC-MS, KBFOPENTD
David Golding: K&G
Dallin Swenson: 2016KBFNC
Daniel Bragg: KBFTRAILDH
Daniel Keeton: BTSBC-SE
David Golding: K&G
David Kittrell: 2016OPENKYLK, KBFTTRAILG
Denny Romero: CKA
Derek Jamison: NEKKA
Don Thompson: GLKFS3
Donnie Jones: 1605KRC-SE, MSKAFRT
Dwain Batey: AKA
Dylan Crystaloski: 2016OPENKYLK, 2016KBFNC
Eddie Adams: 2016OPENWVA
Edward Neely: 1608KRC-NE
Eric Siddiqi: 1608KRC-EC
Everett Park: KBFTTRAILW
Gary Kasper: 2016KBFNC, 1606KRC-WC
Grant Carston: 1606KRC-NC
Guillermo Gonzalez: 2016OPENKYLK, 2016KBFNC
Henry Veggian: 2016OPENKYLK
Hunter Michael: 2016OPENWVA
J.R. Mocaby: 1608KRC-EC
Jack Eames: 1604KRC-WS
James Findley: MSKAFRT
James McCoy: 1605KRC-TX, ONSC1606
James Snyder: ONS1609
Jamie Dabbs: MSKAFRT
Jamie Denison: 2016OPENKYLK, 2016KBFNC, 1604KRC-MS, 1606KRC-MS, 2016OPENWVA
Jared Meadows: 2016OPENWVA
Jason Duong: 1609KRC-NW
Jason Kincy: AKA
Jason Prevatte: 1609KRC-MS
Jason Scapanski: ONSC1606
Jason Welker: 1607KRC-EC, 1608KRC-EC, 1609KRC-EC
Jason Willis: KBFOPENTD
Jason Yiznitsky: 1609KRC-EC
Jaxon Scapanski: 1606KRC-BS
Jay Allen: 1608KRC-SE
Jay Suhsen: 1607KRC-NC
Jeff Goodwin: KBFTRAILOH
Jeff Isham: MSKAFRT
Jeremy Curtiss: 1605KRC-NC, 1606KRC-NC, 1607KRC-NC, 1608KRC-NC, 1609KRC-NC
Jeremy Miller: 1608KRC-NW
Jerry Burdine: MDCFDC, ONSC1606, 1606KRC-BS, MSKAFRT
Jesse Wade: 1606KRC-EC
Jim Clark: 1605KRC-SE
Jim Flowers : 2016OPENKYLK
Jim Lor: 2016KBFNC
Jim Ware: 1607KRC-SE
Jimmy Houser: 1607KRC-MS
Jody Queen: 1608KRC-MS, 2016OPENWVA
Joe Colgrove: 1604KRC-NC
Joe Maione: MDCFDC
Joe Readye: 1604KRC-CA
Joey Montgomery: ONSC1608

Joey Sullivan: CKA
John Bradford: KBFOPENTD
John Gillespie: 2016OPENWVA
John Ladd: CKA
John McClenney: KBFTTRAILG
John Petro: NYKBF
John Rapp: 2016KBFNC
Jonathan Boles: KBFOPENTD
Jonathan Lessmann: KBFTTRAILG, MSKAFRT
Justin Rushing: KBFOPENTD
Joseph Palmer: BTSBC-EC
Josey Stone: NEKKA
Karl Hudson: 1604KRC-SE
Josh Crabtree: KBFTRAILDH
Josh Duffel: KBFOPENTD
Josh Lutze: NEKKA
Kevin Morris: MSKAFRT
Joshua Bennett: GLKFSD
Joshua Jordan: 2016OPENWVA
Joshua Stewart: 2016OPENKYLK, KBFTRAILOH
Justin Hanson: 2016KBFNC, 2016OPENWVA
Justin Rushing: KBFOPENTD
Justin Tadlock: 2016OPENKYLK, KBFOPENTD
Justin Templin: 2016KBFNC
Karl Hudson: 1604KRC-SE, 1605KRC-SE, MDCFDC, MSKAFRT, 1609KRC-SE
Ken Shippy: NEKKA, 1609KRC-WC
Ken Wood: 1607KRC-NE, 1609KRC-NE
Kenny Hood: 1607KRC-NW
Kevin Morris: MSKAFRT
Kevin Workman: 2016KBFNC
Kurt Hommel: NYKBF
Lee Ward: 1609KRC-SE
Manny Duran: KBFOPENTD
Mario Ceja: MSKAFRT
Mark Campbell: 1605KRC-NE, 1607KRC-NE, 1608KRC-NE
Mark Ferguson: KBFTRAILDH
Marty Hughes: 1606KRC-WC
Matt Ball: 2016KBFNC
Matt Campbell: 1609KRC-MN
Matt Church: 1609KRC-BS
Matt Hawj (Yan Her): CKA
Matt Stehle: 2016OPENKYLK
Matthew Brannon: 1605KRC-CA, MSKAFRT, ONSC1608
Matthew Case: KBFTRAILOH, ONSC1608
Matthew Chapman: 1608KRC-MN
Matthew Schaefer: 2016OPENKYLK
Matthew Scotch: 2016KBFNC, KBFOPENTD
Matthew Williams: GLKFS4
Michael Cates: 2016OPENKYLK, ONSC1608, KBFOPENTD
Rocky Ly: 1604KRC-SE
Mickey Hang: CKA
Nam Nguyen: 1609KRC-NC
Nicholas Chin: OKBF
Nick Lester: 1607KRC-MN
Ryan Lambert: 2016KBFNC
Sam Cushing: 1609KRC-NE
PC Hawj (PorChoua Her): CKA
Peter Black: GLKFS1
Richard Jones: 1605KRC-MS
Richard Ofner: KFTGL1
Richie McMichael: NEKKA
Steve Carroll: 1606KRC-WS
Rick Rowland: CKA
Ricky Smith: KBFOPENTD
Robbie Arand: NEKKA
Robert Lauber: KBFTRAILOH
Robert Pickering: 1606KRC-NE
Roberto Gonzalez: 1607KRC-BS
Rocky Ly: 1604KRC-SE
Ron Champion: 2016KBFNC, KBFTRAILOH, 1605KRC-SE
Ronnie Bouchard: NYKBF
Russell Johnson: 2016OPENWVA
Ryan Hulsey: 2016OPENKYLK
Ryan Lambert: 2016KBFNC
Sam Cushing: 1609KRC-NE
Scott Reynolds: NYKBF
Sean Worrell: ONSC1608
Shae McCord: ONSC1608
Shane Williams: KBFTRAILOH
Tyson Peterson: 2016KBFNC
Shelly Efird: 2016KBFNC
William Durboraw: 1604KRC-MN
Steve Carroll: 1606KRC-WS
Stewart Venable: 1606KRC-SE
Tammi Collins: KBFOPENTD
Teng Vue: CKA
Thomas Case: MDCFDC, 1607KRC-SE, ONSC1608, 1608KRC-SE
Thomas Williams: KBFTRAILDH
Tim Beers: BTSBC-BS
Tim Perkins: 2016KBFNC
Tim Sabella: K&G
Tim Thao: K&G
Tom Michael: 2016OPENKYLK
Tom Monahan: 1605KRC-WS, 1607KRC-NW, 1609KRC-NW
Tommy Xiong: CKA
Tony Lam: GLKFS2
Tony Uselman: CKA
Tony Yang: K&G
Toufue Moua: 1608KRC-NC
Brandon Tagayun: MSKA-AOY16
Tyson Peterson: 2016KBFNC
Wayne Butler: CKA
William Durboraw: 1604KRC-MN, 1606KRC-MN, MSKAFRT, 1607KRC-MN, 1609KRC-MN
William Pulsifer: 1605KRC-MN
William Weems: 1604KRC-TX, 1605KRC-TX, MSKAFRT, 1607KRC-BS, ONSC1608, BTSBC-BS
Zack Bishop: ONS1609

Entry Fee Waiver for Multiple Qualifications

KBF Members who take first place in a KBF One Night Stand Challenge AND enroll in the KBF BONUS BUCKS program before that competition receive a KBF National Championship Entry Fee Waiver.

KBF Members who qualify for the 2017 KBF National Championship three times during 2016 calendar year, two of which were earned by placing first in KBF Regional Challenges, will have their entry fees waived.