Cypress Bend State Park | Oct 14-15
Catch-Photo-Release | $125 Entry Fee
Oct 13 | Register 3-7pm | Captains Mtg 7pm
Minimum $2,000 1st Place | Pay-out 10% of Field


KBF OPEN hosted by Toledo Bend Lake CountryKBF wraps up the year with an OPEN Series Tournament on Toledo Bend, for the second year Bassmaster’s #1 big bass lake. This two-day, three-bass-per-day tournament is open to both KBF Members and non-members. It is a qualifying event for the 2017 KBF National Championship, which will be March 30-April 1 on Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee.

Prize money payout amounts and the number of paying places at the KBF OPEN will be determined by the number of registrants.

Most anglers fishing the KBF OPEN will also sign up for the 2016 KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl – Toledo Bend, a separate but concurrent event that runs the last pre-fishing day and the two days of OPEN competition. Entry Fee for the Brawl is $20, and all proceeds benefit Heroes on the Water. Top prize for the four-day, one-bass event is a fantastic Sponsors’ Prize Pack, plus each day the top KBF BONUS BUCKS Member will receive a $200 check.

If you’re struggling to catch quality fish, better luck tomorrow. Whatever you do, don’t pack up your tent and head for the house early, because you may be leaving $500 on the table. I’ll explain below.


Toledo Bend KBF ID CodesKBF OPEN – Toledo Bend: In the bottom-right box of a KBF Identifier form, draw the old “Double-H” cattle brand. That’s two capital “H” smack-dab up against each other, as close as you and your sweetheart during slow dances on prom night–not enough space for a chigger in-between. Like this: HH (only squashed together).

KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl: In the top-center box, draw a horizontal line across the base of the “M, that was used Thursday, creating two adjacent triangles, and then blacken them in. You’ll end up with what looks like twin peaks silhouetted against the dawn sky. Nice, eh?

Need a blank form? Here’s one: http://kayakbassfishing.com/resources/kbfid.pdf

Competition starts at 6:00 a.m. Report to the judges at Tournament HQ no later than 4:00 p.m. Try to get your photos loaded as early as you can…on the way back to Cypress Bend as you pass by a Wi-Fi spot or find a good data signal. Otherwise, judging and check-prep may run to 5:00 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded as soon as judging is complete and names are written on checks. Besides the $2,400 A.T.A.K. Prize Pack and $800 in BONUS BUCKS for the Brawl, KBF will be paying out six places (57 anglers registered, so that’ a little better than 10% of the field), with $2,000 for first place. Take a look at the first column in the payout chart in this post.

KBF BONUS BUCKS$500 will be paid as a bonus to the top-ranking KBF BONUS BUCKS participant in the OPEN. If that happens to be the angler who takes first place, he gets that $500 plus $500 more. If the first place angler isn’t in BONUS BUCKS, then the guaranteed $500 rolls down, and if the second place angler is in KBF’s contingency awards program, then he will get it plus $400. If neither first nor second place anglers were in BONUS BUCKS as of yesterday, then the $500 and $300 more is offered to third place, and so on.

There will also be bonuses for the three top anglers who are in KBF BONUS BUCKS and use TourneyTags.

If that’s all there was, it would be spectacular, wouldn’t you agree?BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL!!! At this last big hoo-rah of the year, KBF is going to award additional prizes to competitors who did not come in the money for either the Brawl or OPEN:
– One KBF LIFETIME MEMBERSHP to a KBF Member (must be a member by midnight tonight to be eligible)
– Four $100 Gift Certificates from Adam Harbuck of Harbuck Outdoor Sports in Shreveport, Louisiana.
– Four $100 Gift Certificates from Chris Smith and the folks at HOOK 1 Outfitters
– Two TourneyX Event Entry Fee waivers, which can be applied to any KBF competitive event in 2017, from a $10 KBF Challenge to the $250 KBF National Championship.

Total value of these prizes is $1,800. COMPETITORS MUST BE PRESENT AT AWARDS CEREMONY TO WIN.


2016 KBF OPEN – Toledo Bend Competition Rules Addendum
Toledo Bend Reservoir

    1. Venue Host: Toledo Bend Lake Country and Sabine Parish Tourist & Recreation Commission
    2. Tournament HQ: Tournament Pavilion, Cypress Bend State Park, by the boat ramp.
    3. Tournament Director: Chad Hoover
    4. Eligibility: KBF OPEN Series tournaments welcome participation by both KBF Members and non-members.
    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; an
      2. The competitor further agrees to abide by the KBF Event Participation Terms and Conditions.
      3. NOTE: KBF Competition Rules Standards were revised on August 1, 2016, so make sure to familiarize yourself with them.
    6. Event Schedule
      1. Competition start times were established as approximately one hour before sunrise.
      2. Thursday 10/13 4:00 p.m.: Pre-fishing on Eligible Waters ends.
      3. Thursday 10/13 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Check-in and On-site Registrations at Tournament HQ
      4. Thursday 10/13 7:00 p.m.: Mandatory Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ
      5. Friday 10/14 5:00 a.m.: Make-up Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ parking lot
      6. Friday 10/14 6:00 a.m.: Competition Start Time
      7. Friday 10/14 4:00 p.m.: all anglers must be in or through the judges line at tournament HQ for photo confirmation.
      8. Friday 10/14 6:00 p.m.: mandatory Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ
      9. Saturday 10/15 6:00 a.m.: Competition Start Time
      10. Saturday 10/15 4:00 p.m.: all anglers must be in or through the judges line at tournament HQ for photo confirmation.
      11. Saturday 10/15 5:00 p.m. (or soon thereafter): Awards Ceremony begins as soon as judging ends (might be as early as 4:30 p.m.).
    7. Format: This two-day CPR tournament will be determined by the longest 6-bass total length (three bass from Friday, three from Saturday, with no culling on Saturday of Friday’s catch). Each competitor’s six (6 longest bass caught from eligible water during competition hours and submitted within the time frame permitted by the rules will contribute to the cumulative score.
    8. Eligible Water & Location: For the 2016 KBF OPEN – Toledo Bend, eligible waters are all of Toledo Bend Reservoir, plus any of its backwaters, sloughs, tributaries and water contiguous to it. This includes all of Toledo Bend plus the Sabine River channel and sloughs from the US-84 Logansport bridge to the north all the way to the Toledo Bend Dam to the south. Basically, if you can paddle to it from that lake (or at least float your kayak to it), it’s in-bounds.Note: a fishing license from either Louisiana or Texas will suffice to fish all of Toledo Bend Reservoir from a boat. If you wade fish or fish from shore, you must have a license from the state in which you’re standing.
    9. Entry Fee and Registration Procedures
      1. This event is conducted as an online KBF Challenge powered by TourneyX.
      2. Sign up and pay your $125 Entry Fee ($100 plus $25 late fee) at TourneyX. (Note: KBF Members pay no late fees, ever. A $25 discount code has been posted on the KBF Member-only Web Page.)
      3. Check-in and Captains Meetings will be at Tournament HQ. Competitors may register and pay Entry Fees at Check-in if they have not already done so earlier. For competitors whose work schedules make it impossible to arrive by 7 p.m. Thursday, a make-up Captains Meeting and late registration will be at 5:00 a.m. Friday morning.
      4. Entry Fee Transfers—Up until Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Entry Fees may be transferred to another Competitor’s account. There is no service charge for transfers.
      5. Entry Fee Refunds—Refund requests must be received by Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC by email or in writing by end of day on Wednesday, October 12. All refunds will be assessed a 10% service charge.
    10. 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 a Competitor cannot or will not upload photos to Tourney X, Tournament Staff will do so at Tournament HQ each day. Anglers who need to have their digital photos upload to TourneyX by Tournament Staff must  be prepared to surrender their camera’s memory card or cell phone and USB cable. No Competitor who arrives in line after 4:00 p.m. will be allowed to turn in his memory card or cable to Tournament Staff for on-site uploads.
    11. KBF OPEN Toledo Bend Prize SchedulePrizes
      1. The number of places and payout amounts will vary with the number of registered competitors. At right are the projected payout amounts. (Click image for a larger view.)
      2. In addition the top ten (10) previously not-qualified anglers in rank will qualify for slots at the 2017 KBF National Championship. If an angler in the top ranks has already qualified, then his slot will roll down to the highest alternate who has not.
      3. In addition to prizes, a bonus of $1,000 will be paid to the first place finisher if he is a KBF BONUS BUCKS Program Participant.
    12. Awarding of Prizes
      1. Competitors must be present to receive awards.
      2. Cash prizes and BONUS BUCKS will be distributed at the Saturday Night Awards Ceremony at Tournament HQ.
      3. Tournament results will be visible on TourneyX and will be posted on this Website and on Facebook. Competitors must be present to claim their awards and bonuses.

Info Updates & Discussion: Facebook/2016 KBF FALL OPEN

Unique KBF-TourneyX Identifier

You may wish to open and print a KBF-TourneyX Identifier blank before you travel to Toledo Bend to compete in the KBF OPEN and KBF HOW BIG BASS Competition. The same blank will be used for both competitions. KBF staff will post the next day’s Big Bass unique ID code(s) on the TourneyX event pages and also email and/or text them to registered competitors at 6 p.m. the evening before each day’s competition. KBF OPEN identifier codes will be revealed at the Thursday and Friday Captains Meetings.

KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl

BIG BASS BRAWL: Concurrent with the KBF OPEN is the three-day KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl, which raises money to benefit active duty military and veterans for whom kayak fishing has become a means of reintegration, rehabilitation, and recovery from the physical, mental, and psychological trauma of combat. All proceeds from your $20 entry fee go to this highly effective program. Daily $200 bonuses will go to the top scoring KBF BONUS BUCKS participant . The overall winner of this one-bass, three day competition will be awarded an ATAK fishing kayak from Wilderness Systems, a Bending Branches Angler Pro Plus paddle, YakAttack BlackPak, and NRS Chinook fishing PFD. Please take part in this fund-raiser event, and honor tits sponsors for their generous support of our military  and of the volunteers who labor on their behalf.

LA-TX Non-resident Fishing LicensesResident or temporary visitor fishing licenses are required by all KBF OPEN participants. Toledo Bend Reservoir, named Bassmaster Magazine’s #1 Bass Fishing Lake in the nation two years in a row, straddles Texas and Louisiana, so either state’s fishing license is valid for visitors or residents of either state as long as you remain in your boat. If you choose to exit your kayak temporarily in order to fish from the shoreline, make sure you have a license for that state.

Texas’ non-resident package is $58, which would cover you for all four days of the KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl. It’s $16 per day in Texas, so if you plan to just fish a couple days, that saves a few dollars. Louisiana offers a non-resident fishing license for $5 per day, plus service fee and/or tax. Where you launch or stay overnight doesn’t matter; when you’re on the water, either states’ license will suffice. For either state you’ll receive an authorization number and a PDF of your license, which you can keep on your smart phone and present to law enforcement.

Be aware of fishing regulations, restrictions and access rules for any waters you target. Learn more and buy licenses online at these sites:


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department
Buy a Louisiana Fishing License Online
Louisiana fishing regulations


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
But a Texas Fishing License Online
Texas fishing regulations

2016 KBF OPEN - Toledo Bend

Cypress Bend Park, Toledo Bend Reservoir, October 14-15, 2016