KBF Competition Rules Standards

Revised March 20, 2017

Rules Revision

There are no rule revisions pending at this time.


Refer to the KBF Rules Revision  Log for a complete record of previous changes to the KBF Competition Rules Standards.

KBF Competition Rules Standards
Last Revision Date: March 20, 2017

The terms and conditions presented in this document apply between Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC (“KBF”) and those persons registering for and participating in KBF competitive events (“Competitor”). “Events” include both “Tournaments” (meet-up competition) and “Challenges” (distributed competition where participants do not congregate). The pronouns “he,” “him,” “himself,” and “his” herein are used as generic, gender-neutral terms and do not restrict or confirm access on the basis of sex.

Each Kayak Bass Fishing (“KBF”) Challenge, Tournament, or Big Bass Brawl (referred to herein as “Competition”) is conducted according to Competition Rules found in two documents:

  1. KBF Competition Rules Standards (stipulated below) cover about 90% of the terms, conditions and standards required of Competitors.
  2. KBF Event Rules Addendum, located on the KBF Calendar Event Page, presents the remaining 10% of the rules that cover event-specific details such as dates, locations, times, fishable waters, and local restrictions.

Together, these two documents comprise the KBF Competition Rules. As a condition of participation in any KBF Competition, the participating angler (“Competitor”) agrees to fully and completely comply with all KBF Competition Rules. Failure to comply will result in a penalty or disqualification.

For each Competition, the Tournament Director has responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the KBF Competition Rules and may amplify or clarify them to make them more relevant or complete. KBF management will review the TD’s action and, if appropriate, incorporate the revisions in the KBF Competition Rules. Such revisions will be summarized in a Revisions Log (above) and highlighted in red in the body of the rules standards. Announcement of the rule changes will also be posted fifteen (15) days prior to implementation in the Kayak Bass Fishing Forum, the Kayak Bass Fishing Facebook Group Page, the KBF Advisory Group Facebook Page, and the Kayak Bass Fishing Facebook Company Page.

Table of Contents

  1. Participation and Eligibility
  2. Tournament Format
  3. Eligible Species
  4. Competition Period
  5. Pre-fishing
  6. Competition Area
  7. Permitted Methods of Catching Fish
  8. Cooperation and Assistance
  9. Fishing Tackle and Equipment
  10. Watercraft & Propulsion
  11. Photo Standards
  12. Scoring
  13. Awarding of Prizes
  14. Penalties
  15. Taxes
  16. Sale of Prizes
  17. Safety
  18. Competitor Conduct
  19. Disputes and Appeals
  20. Public Comment
  21. Unavailability and Force Majeure
  22. Compliance with Laws
  23. Waiver and Release

1. Participation and Eligibility

A. KBF Membership

i. Active Membership in KBF is a prerequisite for participation in KBF National Championship Tournaments and KBF Online Challenges (except Challenges in which the KBF Membership Requirement is specifically waived).

ii. KBF OPEN Series Tournaments, KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments, and KBF HOW Big Bass Brawls are open to both KBF Members and non-members who meet all other requirements specified in the Competition Rules.

B. TourneyX® Registration — All KBF Competitions are conducted using TourneyX®. Each angler who wishes to participate in such an event must create a freeTourneyX user account before the first day of competition.

i. Anglers who desire to compete in a KBF Online Challenge are required to sign up for the event and pay the entry fee on TourneyX.

ii. For all meet-up KBF Competitions (e.g., KBF TRAIL, KBF OPEN, KBF National Championship Tournaments, KBF HOW Big Bass Brawls), TourneyX registration and use is strongly recommended but not absolutely required. If an angler does not have Internet access, he may register and pay the Entry Fee for at the Tournament HQ Check-in Station, and the TD will have his name added to the TourneyX roster.

C. Entry Fees — Entry Fee amounts, administrative surcharges, registration deadlines, late fee exceptions, and refund or transfer restrictions are specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum for each Competition.

Competitor understands and agrees that payment for the Event does not secure a guarantee or promise of satisfaction.

Competitor’s failure or inability, for any reason except as otherwise provided herein, to participate in any or all of the activities of the Event does not relieve or suspend the Competitor’s obligation to make all payments required by KBF Rules on a timely basis, nor entitle the Customer to a refund or credit, except as provided below.

D. Payment — Competitor agrees that once an Event Registration is submitted, this Agreement is a legally binding and enforceable obligation of Competitor.

KBF Event Entry Fee payments are processed using PayPal, unless otherwise stated in the KBF Event Description Web Page or Documentation. Competitor (or Third Party who is paying on behalf of the Competitor) knowingly and irrevocably authorizes KBF to charge electronically Competitor‘s (or Third Party Payer’s) PayPal account, bank account and/or credit card for any and all amounts due for Competitor’s registration, attendance, and participation in the KBF Event.

E. Competitor’s Right to Cancel — Any competitor who wishes to cancel an Event Registration may do so by emailing KBF (accounting@kayakbassfishing.com).

For Tournaments, if cancellation email is dated more than 15 days prior to the Event, no administrative fee will be charged. Any cancellation dated 15 days or fewer before the Event shall result in a per person administrative fee equal to the lesser of $25 or 30% of the Event Registration Fee.

For Challenges, if cancellation email is dated more than 1 day prior to the Event, no administrative fee will be charged. Any cancellation dated 1 day or less before the Event shall result in a per person administrative fee equal to 30% of the Event Registration Fee.

Once an Event has started, no cancellations will be accepted and no refunds will be provided.

KBF is not responsible for any refunds of expenses related to travel or lodging reservations or other payments involving third parties.

F. Pre-Tournament Check-in — Each Competitor in a meet-up Tournament is responsible for reviewing the schedule of events in the KBF Event Rules Addendum for pre-event check-in times and location. Each Competitor must check in with official KBF Competition staff at the time and place designated in the schedule of events for verification of eligibility, signing of waivers, and rules acknowledgement. Late check-in and registration process (if permitted), event-specific instructions, and event schedule are specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

G. Captains Meeting Attendance — For meet-up Tournaments, Competitors are required to attend an on-site Captains Meeting or view of a recorded “Virtual” Captains Meeting Webcast. Official KBF Identifier Forms for meet-up Competitions are distributed at Captains Meeting on the evening before or early the morning of competition, as stipulated in an Event Rules Addendum. Competitors unable to attend the Captains Meeting must download and print the KBF Identifier Form from the Competition’s tourneyx.com dashboard or pick one up at a Late Arrival/Check-in station. Specific details for each event are in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

2. Tournament Format — The Competition dates and hours and the number of fish scored are identified in each Event’s KBF Event Rules Addendum. KBF Challenges may be just a few hours, a day, a few days, or a period of weeks. KBF Meet-up Tournaments are conducted in one- to three-day formats. In multi-day tournaments, the number of fish scored each day is specified in the Addendum, and each Competitor’s final score is the aggregate score from both days.

3. Eligible Species — For “Bass” KBF Competitions, only “black bass” are eligible for scoring. That designation includes the three most common species (Largemouth Bass – Micropterus salmoides, Smallmouth Bass – Micropterus dolomineu, and Spotted or Kentucky Bass – Micropterus punctulatus) as well as other less well-known species or varieties:

A. Shoal Bass – Micropterus cataactae
B. Redeye Bass – Micropterus coosae
C. Suwannee Bass – Micropterus notius
D. Guadalupe Bass- Micropterus treculi
E. Bartram’s Bass – Micropterus bartrami
F. Alabama Spotted Bass – Micropterus punctulatus henshalli
G. Mean Mouth Bass – hybrid offspring of M. dolomieau and M. punctulatus

For Competitions involving other species (e.g,, Hybrid Striped Bass, Striped Bass, Sea Trout, Flounder, Redfish, Walleye, Catfish, Musky, Pike) the species of fish permitted for scoring will be specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

4. Competition Period

A. Competition start and end dates and times are stated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum for each event. No Competitor may begin fishing before the official Competition Start Time on any day of competition or submit fish photographed after the official Competition End Time. Under no circumstance will a fish photographed outside of the official Competition Start and End times be considered for scoring.

B. Check-in — Competitors at meet-up Tournaments (e.g., KBF OPEN Series, KBF TRAIL Series, KBF National Championship, Partner tournaments) who have already submitted digital photos by upload to TourneyX, must be in the Judges Check-in Line at Tournament HQ by the Competition End Time.

C. Early Check-in — Competitors who could not or did not upload their photo submissions to TourneyX must turn in their digital media (i.e., memory card), camera, or camera phone with USB cable in order for judges or tournament staff to download them to a computer and then manually upload them to TourneyX for subsequent evaluation and scoring. If, for any tournament, they are required to report in earlier than the Competition End Time, that will be stipulated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

D. Emergency Competition Termination — In the event of emergencies, such as weather conditions that pose an imminent threat to Competitors, the Tournament Director may terminate Competition before the scheduled Competition End Time. An Early Termination Announcement with an Adjusted End Time will be broadcast to Competitors via Email and Group Text Messaging and will also be posted on the TourneyX site and media sites, The Announcement will specify a report-in time and location. If safe to do so, upon receiving the Announcement, Competitors should make their way to the specified location at the time identified.

Competitors are required to stop fishing as soon as they receive the Early Termination Announcement. No fish caught after the Adjusted End Time time may be submitted for scoring; however, to accommodate those seeking shelter immediately, Competitors have up to 15 minutes after the Adjusted End Time to take a photo of the fish caught before the Adjusted End Time. Only photos with time stamps 15 minutes or less after the Adjusted End Time, verified by the photo time stamp on the Competitor’s camera or camera phone, will be eligible for scoring regardless whether the Competitor was in cell range and received the Announcement at the Adjusted End Time.

Continuing to fish when bad weather rolls in can be hazardous. It’s up to the Tournament Director to decide whether to let the Competitors “tough it out” or pull the plug early. If the TD shuts down the competition early, he will send emails and texts announcing an “early quit time” to all competitors. No fish caught after the TD’s early quit time is eligible for scoring.

What if you catch a nice fish just seconds before the “early quit time” text; can you high-tail it to shelter before taking a photo? Yep, that’s fine. You have 15 minutes to get to safety and take the photo. THIS DOES NOT MEAN, HOWEVER, THAT YOU CAN KEEP FISHING FOR FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES.

Okay, but what if an angler is out of cell range and doesn’t get the “early quit time” message until much later? It doesn’t matter whether the angler gets the word immediately or hours afterwards; the TD’s official “early quit time” is what counts. Some anglers will choose to fish in areas with no or poor cell reception, and they may not get the text or email until they’re on their way back to HQ at the originally planned time. If they fish through the storm and catch some decent fish after the “early quit time” they are going to be disappointed. Those fish don’t count. Competitors who choose to fish in areas with poor cell reception must understand this is one of the risks they’re taking and decide for themselves if the rewards outweigh the risks.

5. Pre-fishing — Practice in Eligible Waters is permitted until the time specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum on the day prior to Competition. If no pre-fishing deadline is stated in the Addendum, then practice may continue up until six hours prior to competition start time. There are no restrictions regarding areas, type of watercraft, or types of bait used in pre-fishing; however, if fish caught during pre-fishing are submitted for other Competitions (e.g., KBF HOW Big Bass Brawls), Competitors must comply with those rules.

6. Competition Area

A. Competitive fishing is allowed only on publicly accessible waters within the geographic area designated by the KBF Event Rules Addendum as “Eligible Waters.”

B. Competitors may launch from any public-access shore. Crossing restricted property to reach eligible water is not permitted.

C. Areas posted continuously as “Off Limits” or “No Fishing” by regulatory authorities or owners do not qualify as “Eligible Waters.” Areas that have restricted fishing hours or dates are eligible water only during the times and days when boating and fishing are permitted.

D. Competitors are not restricted to fishing where they start out each day but are permitted to paddle, pedal, motor, drag, carry, or transport boats on vehicles or trailers to other eligible water area during tournament hours.

E. Kayaks must not be anchored in such a position as to prevent or block access for other kayaks or powerboats.

F. Wade fishing is permitted provided the Competitor uses his kayak to access the fishing location. Bass caught while wading or walking the shoreline ARE eligible for submission; however, each Competitor must be within sight of his kayak while fishing, and the kayak must appear in every bass photo submitted. Competitors may depart the boat to catch and land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. If a Competitor must go out of sight of his kayak for any reason (e.g., for a restroom break or to contact a tournament official by phone or other means, or to report an emergency), he must cease fishing until he returns to his kayak, at which time he may resume fishing.

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a.) Photos that competitors submit for scoring in every KBF Challenge or tournament must be of fish caught from eligible water. To be “eligible,” the body of water must be inside the competition area boundary, during public-access hours, be accessible to the public, and be where fishing is permitted by regulations. b.) If a community pond is posted and reserved for residents only so that unauthorized use would be trespassing, even if you can drive right up to a ramp and launch, that water is ineligible Permission to use private lakes or ponds or cross private property does not make that water eligible. If a community lake provides public access, though, even though it’s otherwise surrounded by private property, it’s eligible. Whether the water is under the jurisdiction of any level of government (municipal, county, state, federal) or privately-owned, with or without a user fee requirement, the criteria for eligibility are (i.) public access and (ii.) regulatory approval for public fishing. A competitor must be able to access the water from or across publicly-accessible areas or right-of-ways. He may NOT cross property where egress is not permitted to all. c.) If a pay-to-fish lake does not discriminate so that any member of the public may pay the user fee to fish it, that’s a public-access water and is eligible. d.) If a lake has posted use times, it is eligible only during the hours permitted by the owner or the regulatory body. For example, Montgomery Bell State Park allows fishing from sunrise to sunset. Even if a competitor is able to reach the lake across publicly-accessible property, the lake is eligible only during the posted hours.

7. Permitted Methods of Capturing Fish — All bass must be caught live, the Competitor using only equipment and legal methods that comply with all sportfishing statutes and regulations of the states and body of water in which they are taken. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and boating regulations. Snatching or snagging fish is not permitted. When visually fishing a bed for spawning bass, to be admissible all bass must be hooked inside the mouth.

8. Cooperation and Assistance: Up until the end of the established pre-fishing period, competitors may fish with and receive direct assistance from other anglers and professional guides on the eligible waters. Before and during this event, competitors may (a.) share gear, tackle and equipment, (b.) assist in photographing a fish for submission, and (c.) may communicate with and fish in proximity to other people, including competitors; however, then may not receive assistance in catching fish, including boat positioning, casting, retrieving, hooking, playing, or landing a fish.

9. Fishing Tackle and Equipment

A. All bass must be caught on rod, reel, line and hook with artificial lures only. No traps, snares, set lines or other methods of fishing other than rod, reel and line are permissible, even if legal under state game laws.

B. Each Competitor must have a Hawg Trough, the only acceptable measuring device. “Hawg Trough” is a specific brand of measuring device manufactured by Hagen’s. It does not refer to any other rounded or flat measuring board. Hawg Troughs may be shortened only by removing inches from the upper end opposite the fence. For instance, one may be shortened by cutting it off at the 26 inch mark in order to fit crossways between the kayak gunwales. However, it may not be broken, snapped, or cut apart and then reassembled at any point between the two ends. A crack that does not separate the Hawg Trough into pieces and does not affect the accuracy of the Hawg Trough may be repaired and reinforced for useHawg Trough

C. Each competitor must have a mobile phone with camera or a digital camera with memory card and/or download cable to submit digital photographs.

D. Nets and grippers (e.g., Fish Grip, Boga-Grip) may be used for landing bass during tournament competition, but grippers must not remain attached to the fish in photos.

E. Only artificial lures and biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No live bait, preserved bait, or prepared bait will be permitted during competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds.

F. Only ONE casting, spin-casting, spinning, or fly rod and reel may be in use at any one time. A hung lure that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and may be set aside while another is in use. Other rigs as specified above may be in boat ready for use; however, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time.

G. If a Competitor breaks his line while setting the hook or retrieving a fish, he is allowed to make an attempt with the rod being used or by hand to secure the line and land the fish to be counted as legal. He may NOT hook the line with another lure, rod and reel, or other device. If a Competitor loses his rod and reel while landing a bass he MAY use another rod and reel to retrieve the lost outfit. If that rod and reel is verified to be the lost outfit that and the bass is still hooked, it may be landed, photographed, and submitted as a legal fish.

10. Watercraft & Propulsion

A. Watercraft acceptable for use in KBF Competition are:

a. Small, narrow watercraft that the manufacturer identifies and sells as a kayak, including inflatable kayaks and modular kayaks

b. Stand-up paddleboards (SUP)

c. Other watercraft specifically approved in advance of competition by KBF Management. If unsure about the acceptability of a watercraft, contact KBF Management in advance for eligibility determination.

d. Under no circumstance will the following watercraft be approved for use in competition:

i. Gas- or liquid-fueled motorized or hybrid fuel/electric powerboats or personal watercraft

ii. Sailboats

iii. Jon boats

iv. Canoes, pirogues, coracles, and rowboats

v. Dingies and skiffs

vi. Float tubes, inflatable rafts, and rigid inflatable boats (e.g., Zodiac)

vii. Pontoon boats, pontoon-style pond boats, or similar.

B. Watercraft propulsion is restricted to paddle, pedal, pole, or electric motor. (See electric motor restrictions, below.)

C. Unless specifically prohibited in the KBF Event Rules Addendum, use of electric motors in KBF-sanctioned competition is approved with the following restrictions:

a. Electric motor must be attached to the kayak in a safe manner for operation.

b. An electric motor used to propel a watercraft may not exceed the lesser of (a.) manufacturer’s labeled Maximum HP/Thrust Capacity, (b.) 3 HP, or (c.) 155 foot-pound thrust.

c. Competitors must comply with all boating regulations pertaining to motorized kayak/electric-propulsion watercraft registration, use, and operating restrictions for the designated fishing area.

d. No more than one electric motor may be attached to a kayak regardless of combined horsepower/thrust/power rating. Motors with dual props operated by a single power source are permissible as long as the unit is manufactured and sold as a single unit.

D. Towing, transport or relocation assistance from another watercraft, including “mothershipping,” is NOT permitted except in cases of emergency, as when pulling a kayak from a danger zone or restricted area. Once the emergency has ended, the Competitor may resume fishing only if no appreciable relocation occurred.

E. Trolling (i.e., lure(s) attached to a single rod and towed behind a watercraft while underway) is permitted in KBF Competition.

11. Photo Standards Digital photographs of each bass submitted to judges for scoring must meet these criteria:

A. Unique. Each digital photo submitted by the same Competitor in each Competition must be of a different bass. Subsequent digital photos submitted by the Competitor of the same bass will be culled and, if determined to have been deliberately submitted with intent to defraud, will result in disqualification of Competitor and banishment from future KBF-sanctioned Competition.

B. Legible. Photo must be clear enough to read identifier, including required ID codes and marks, and judge the length accurately. After carefully examining photo details and cross-referencing other photos submitted for scoring by the same angler in the same event, if the event judge is NOT able to verify with 100% confidence that the KBF Identifier Form and ID Codes or Marks in the photo are valid for both the competitive event and the competitor, then the photo will be denied.

C. Eligible. Each digital photo must have been created within the official Competition Start and End Times.

D. Official KBF/TourneyX Identifier Form placed where it does not cover the bass’ eye or prevent measurement verification. An image of the unique identifier on a smart phone is not acceptable.

E. Competitor’s kayak clearly visible

F. Bass, as depicted below:Acceptable Photo Criteria

i. Facing left on a Hawg Trough, left side of the fish visible, dorsal fin toward the top of the photo

ii. Mouth completely closed with jaw and/or lips touching the Hawg Trough “fence.” Position camera lens directly over the center of the bass’ body to aid judges in determining that bass’ mouth is closed and in contact with the fence. Photos judged to have been taken deliberately at an angle in order to make the fish appear longer may be disqualified at the Tournament Director’s discretion.

iii. Tail centered and in a relaxed, un-pinched condition and its tip in contact with the Hawg Trough.  Regardless whether or not fingers are squeezing the tail, if the tip is less than 50% as wide as the base, or the longer lobe of the tail is compressed over 50%, that tail will be considered “pinched” and should be spread before photographing to avoid a point deduction.

iv. To confirm that the fish is alive, the bass’ eye must be uncovered in the photo. Photos of bass that appear to be dead, mutilated, frozen or similarly damaged will be disqualified without scoring. Photos of bass that appear to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered in ways that increase their length will be disqualified or approved for scoring at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

v. No restraining device, clip, or band may be used to secure the fish being photographed. Securing the fish with any portion of a hand under the fish’s gill flap is prohibited.

12. Scoring

A. Tournament standings, contingency awards and final winners shall be determined by the aggregate length of each Competitor’s catch during the tournament competition day(s). State Adjustment Factor scoring, if used in a nationwide Challenge to reduce the effects of regional disparities in average bass sizes, will be noted in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

C. In a CPR tournament, unless a bass is hooked to a restraint device, they are not considered “in possession” by Competitors, so minimum length requirement do not apply for photo submissions, and Competitors may submit as many photos of different bass as they wish.

i. Unless otherwise stipulated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum, in one-day tournaments the scores of the five longest bass on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.

ii. Unless otherwise stipulated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum, in two-day tournaments, the scores of the five longest bass of Day 1 and the five longest bass on Day 2on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.

D. Bass length is determined by its tail touching or crossing a quarter-inch line on the Hawg Trough. If it falls short of a line, the length is rounded down to the nearest 1/4-inch mark that the bass’ tail actually touches or crosses. Pinching the tail or angling the fish to achieve additional length will not result in a higher score and may result in deduction in length, as described in Section 11.F, below.

E. In the event of a tie, the tied competitor’s “biggest” (top-scored) bass are compared, and the tie breaks in favor of the competitor with the biggest (top-scoring) bass. If the biggest bass are equal, the second-biggest bass are compared and determine which competitor wins the tie. If the second-biggest are identical, the third bass is compared, and if they, too, are identical, then the fourth bass breaks the tie. If all four of the tied competitors’ highest scoring bass are identical, then the tie breaks in favor of the competitor whose last Leader Board photo was uploaded earliest.

F. At every KBF tournament and challenge, judges strive to be fair, consistent and objective, applying the following standards in approving or disqualifying photos, and in accepting or adjusting lengths.

Item Criteria  Penalty
Photo Blurry photos will be scored at the highest mark of which there is no doubt n/a
Photo Photo that is too blurry to judge at all DQ
Photo Photo appears to be second-generation (photo of a photo)  DQ
Photo Photo submitted before or after event date and time limits  DQ
Photo GPS photo tag or other evidence indicates photo was uploaded out of tournament “permitted waters” zone  DQ
Photo Multiple digital photos unintentionally submitted of the same bass  DQ
Photo Multiple digital photos intentionally submitted of the same bass; fraud  Ban
Orientation Bass is positioned with the head pointing to the right  DQ
Orientation Bass is positioned with dorsal fin at bottom of photo, pelvic and anal fins upward  DQ
Identifier Tournament Identifier missing, counterfeit, or incorrect for the event or competitor  DQ
Kayak Competitor’s kayak not visible in photo  DQ
Mouth Fish lip or mouth clearly not touching Hawg Trough fence (the upright end plate)  DQ
Mouth Unable to ascertain with certainty that fish lip or mouth is touching Hawg Trough fence  1″
Mouth Mouth slightly open, but less than 1/8 inch  0″
Mouth Mouth open 1/8 to 1/4 inch, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.  0.5″
Mouth Mouth open 1/4 to 1/2 inch, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.  1.0″
Mouth Mouth open wider than 1/2 inch, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.  1.5″
Body Restraining device, stringer, tape, or clip of any kind is attached to bass or being used to secure it.  1″
Body Any portion of a hand or fingers under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap)  DQ
Body Body off-center or curved so that one lobe of the tail fin extends 1/2 inch or more past the other lobe*  1″
Tail Fingers are pinching the tail fin lobes together, or even without being constrained by fingers or a restraint the tail fin tip is half or less as wide as the tail base. 1″
Tail Tail fin lifted up off the Hawg Trough; fish flapping its tail fin so the entire tip is not in contact with the board DQ
Fish Any other fish than the species or varieties approved for the Competition  DQ
Fish Fish appears to have been snagged, snatched, or hooked in the body rather than mouth  DQ
Fish Fish appears to be dead, mutilated, frozen, mangled, or otherwise damaged so that it may not to have been taken according to the rules, or eye is covered so the condition of the fish cannot be ascertained.  DQ
Fish Bass appears to have been mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered to increase its length  DQ

* For fish with worn, bitten-off, mutilated or deformed tail fins, judge will make best estimate of how it would appear if the tail were intact and uniformly shaped.

13. Awarding of Prizes

A. Prizes and payouts are subject to change based on participation (lower value for less entries and higher value for more entries). The cash awards and product prizes shown below are based on 200 entries. Final payout will be adjusted based on entries and sponsorship commitments

B. Prizes will be processed as quickly as possible.

C. Prizes that require processing (e.g. kayaks, paddles, propulsion units) may require additional processing or delivery time. This is done to allow contestants some flexibility in picking the prize they want rather than win an awesome prize and be dissatisfied with the model, color or style. There will be some limitations on picking specific features and model availability, but this method is much better for the overall return on investment for sponsors and contestant satisfaction.

14. Penalties

A. Failure of digital photos to conform to photo requirements will result in deductions of one inch or more in length for each infraction. Multiple violations may result in disqualification of the entry altogether.

B. A minimum 1/2-inch deduction will be enforced for a photograph of a bass with its mouth open 1/8-inch or more.

C. Competitors who have not already submitted their digital photos and are not in the Judges Check-in line by the Early Check-in deadline, as described in Rule 12, shall be penalized at the rate of four inches per minute late; to be deducted from the total length of his catch that day. Any Competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case, shall a Competitor be allowed to make up “lost time.” After proper recognition at the Judges Station line, Competitors will be allowed ample time to submit their photos; however, all fishing must cease at the official Competition End Time.

D. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director or a rules committee may impose such penalties as deemed appropriate by them, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of entry fee and prizes, and prohibition from participation in subsequent KBF tournaments. Subject to the appeal process set forth below, the Tournament Director’s decisions on violations are final.

E. Penalties for rules violations may include the following:

i. Reduction of score (length) as determined by the Tournament Director

ii. Loss of catch for the day of the violation

iii. Disqualification from the tournament in question

iv. Disqualification from future KBF events, which may be from a specific number of events, a specific period of time, or may be a lifetime ban or disqualification.

v. Any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of Competitor of Year points.

F. Each Competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director immediately any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another Competitor that they violate these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms, may be cause for disqualification.

G. Following review, a determination by KBF Management or conviction of cheating or fraud will result in permanent revocation of KBF Membership, suspension from all Kayak Bass Fishing competition and KBF-affiliated events, tours, and series, and banning from all KBF Forum privileges, and the findings will be publicized via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), all participating kayak fishing forums and any other channel available for dissemination of such information.

H. All participants acknowledge that the use of polygraphs may be necessary to settle disputes and entry constitutes acceptance of this requirement and agreement to abide by its conclusion. Any Competitor refusing a polygraph will be immediately disqualified from all future challenges and banned from any future participation in any KBF-affiliated event.

I. The Tournament Director, rules committee, or such person designated by the Tournament Director, shall have the discretion to determine the need for a truth verification test. The Tournament Director or his designee shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the test. The Tournament Director or his designee shall have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test nearest KBF headquarters with respect to all concerned parties schedule and travel cost. The Competitor shall make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with such test. Competitors taking a truth verification test may be responsible for any and all costs incurred.

J. Random truth verification tests may be administered on site during the course of a KBF OPEN Series Event.

15. Taxes — Where and when state laws require income taxes be paid on cash awards to non-residents, the taxes will be automatically deducted prior to the awards being presented to the winners. Competitors are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Various States require withholding tax on merchandise be paid upon the awarding of certificates, and Competitors awarded merchandise certificates in these States are responsible for remitting their tax to KBF. Failure to meet those obligations may result in disqualification from all future KBF events All prize recipients must complete a W-9 and, when required a Form 590, or W-8 BEN, provided by KBF (one time). Member must provide name, email, phone number and city and state of residence. Additional information may be required upon winning for prize verification.

16. Sale of Prizes — No prizes won participating in KBF OPEN Series Events may be sold on KBF forums or any affiliate Website, Facebook page, or event page for a period of one full year. After one year, challenge prizes may only be sold in kayakbassfishing.com Bassifieds after receiving permission from Kayak Bass Fishing administration. Violation of this rule will result in ineligibility for all future events and forfeiture of qualification status.

17. Safety

A. During pre-practice and competition, every Competitor must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment, (e.g., light source, whistle or other audible signal device, Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver [PFD]). See http:// www.uscgboating.org/.

B. PFD Usage: At all times, except as described below (Rule 17.C. PFD Wear Exception) while on the water during competition hours, Competitors must wear either an inherent-flotation or inflatable USCG-approved vest-style PFD. A belt-style PFD, even one the deploys as a vest, is not permitted during Competition. The PFD must be properly positioned and adjusted to conform with USGC and manufacturers’ instructions.

C. PFD Wear Exception: If all of the following conditions exist, Competitor may briefly remove his PFD while afloat in order to take off or put on articles of clothing:

(i.) no fishing lines are in the water; and
(ii.) the watercraft is not underway; and
(iii.) weather and water conditions permit one to do so safely; and
(iv.) Competitor is over the age of 12.

When finished changing his attire, Competitor must immediately put the PFD back on before resuming navigation or fishing.

Read Crystal Keill’s article on wearing of PFDs.

D. The Tournament Director has the right to postpone or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the Competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. As stated in Rule 4.D., the Tournament Director has the discretion to terminate Competition early due to hazardous weather conditions.

E. In the event of an emergency situation, Competitors should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials as soon as possible.

F. Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any Competitor, during the official practice or during the tournament, will not be tolerated and will be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future KBF tournaments. No alcoholic beverages or other non-prescription stimulants or depressants shall be allowed in kayaks during the official practice or competition days. vi. Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and/or for disqualification after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director. Any disqualification, suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in a KBF tournament, and/or disqualification from a KBF tournament, after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director.

G. Night Tournaments that take place between April 1 and September 30, in which boats leave or return after 10:30 P.M., must comply with the following six stipulations in order for the event(s) to be eligible for Event Liability Insurance coverage provided through the North American Tournament Association’s policy.

i. All participant boats must be equipped with working Coast Guard approved running lights. Running lights must remain on in accordance with the governing state regulations. [Note: Kayaks are categorized by USCG as “oar-driving craft” and meet USCG requirements by having an “electric torch” (a.k.a. flashlight) that can be used to signal other boaters. While anchored, all watercraft must display a 360-degree white light. Some states impose additional requirements.]

ii. The tournament director shall have predetermined the availability of cell phone or radio coverage to assure reasonable communications in the event of an emergency. [Note: All competitors should make sure their cell phone numbers are entered in TourneyX and the Tournament Director should have a list of all competitors with cell phone numbers for texting or calls.]

iii. The tournament director shall have on hand the contact information for emergency rescue and medical services and must maintain the ability to make contact at all times during the tournament.

iv The governing authority, as required by law or ordinance, shall be notified of the tournament date and hours.

v. The tournament rules shall mandate an on the water speed limit of not more than 35 miles per hour between sunset and sunrise. [This should pose no problem for our competitors.]

vi. The tournament director shall have in place a system of accounting for the return of all participants. [Note: This includes not only an end-of-competition check-in but also a way for competitors who leave early to notify the TD.]

18. Competitor Conduct — Competitors participating in any KBF sanctioned event must observe the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating and must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects favorably on the sport of kayak bass fishing, KBF, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, integrity, safety and conservation in support of the sport of kayak bass fishing, especially when in the vicinity of non-Competitors who may be on or beside eligible waters. Any Competitor who violates these principles or behaves in ways the reflect unfavorably up KBF efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may forfeit tournament winnings, face suspension from future KBF sanctioned events, be permanently banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by KBF.

19. Disputes and Appeals

A. Any Competitor who wishes to dispute or protest a rules violation penalty, a judge’s scoring decision, or other action that materially affected the Competitor’s ranking or prize eligibility must file a protest with the Tournament Director in writing or via email within 24 hours from the time and date of the protested action. Only Competitors in the Tournament where the protested action occurred may lodge protests. Protests must be handled privately. All parties of interest will be provided a copy. The Tournament Director will review the Competitor’s claims, thoroughly investigate the disputed decision, and issue a ruling.

B. The Competitor who filed the protest may appeal the Tournament Director’s ruling. Appeals of rulings must be presented to KBF Management in writing or via email 48 hours from the time and date of ruling. The Appeals Processing Fee is $100, which may be paid to KBF via cash, check, or PayPal Funds Transfer. KBF will impanel an appeals committee comprised of one KBF staff member not involved directly in directing or judging the Tournament, and two KBF Members who were not Competitors in the Tournament. Appeals hearings shall take place within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt of the written appeal, and all parties must make themselves available at prescribed time of hearing. Decisions of the appeals committee are final. If the appeals committee rules in the Competitor favor and reverses or nullifies the ruling, then the entire Appeal Processing Fee will be refunded; however, if the ruling stands, then the Fee is forfeited.

20. Public Comments

A. The favorable public reputation of KBF as a sanctioning organization in the sport of kayak bass fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media channels are valuable assets and tangible benefits for KBF. Accordingly, it is an obligation of Competitors to refrain from comments in public forums and social media or to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of Kayak Bass Fishing tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow Competitors or the KBF organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with KBF policies are encouraged, as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that a Competitor knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Kayak Bass Fishing LLC, KBF officials, KBF members or sponsors, may result in disciplinary action.

B. Sponsor contributions will not be devalued by disputes or disagreements in public forums or social media platforms.

C. Publicly disputing any judgment decisions by Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Directors or judges will result in participants receiving one warning followed by permanent disqualification for repeated offenses. Any public dispute of final rulings, ongoing determination by judges or judging panel is grounds for immediate disqualification from the current event and termination of any eligibility for future events, even if previously qualified. This is not in place to prevent any disputes; it is done to ensure that a fair and unbiased approach is used and the approved challenge and appeals processes are followed in determining the best possible outcome.

21. Unavailability and Force Majeure

KBF will use reasonable efforts to hold the Event; however, under no circumstances will KBF be held responsible for unavailability caused by circumstances beyond KBF’s control, including flood, fire, hurricanes, earthquakes or other “acts of God,” acts of government, civil unrest, acts of terror, strikes or labor problems nor will any Event Registration be cancelled, altered or amended once the Event has commenced on the basis of circumstances beyond KBFs reasonable control.

22. Compliance with Laws

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee. All rights and obligations of the KBF and the Competitor under this Agreement are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. These terms and conditions shall be deemed revised to conform to applicable statutes, rules and regulations. KBF may modify the terms and conditions stated herein at any time in its sole and absolute discretion. Competitor shall be bound by the modified Agreement and agree that no other modifications shall be enforceable. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements between the parties, whether written or oral. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision hereof shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. The waiver of any breach shall not constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach.

22. Waivers and Releases

A. Name and Likeness Release — By registering for this Kayak Bass Fishing Event, the Competitor grants to Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC and Kayak Bassin TV the right to use all photographs, likenesses, stories, accounts, details of Competitor contributions, exploits, interviews, bloopers, and information pertinent to the Kayak Bass Fishing Event, as well as any video footage, photographs gathered at the Event, for marketing and promotional purposes. This release is granted without expectation for additional compensation upon submission of Event Registration.

B. Waiver and Release of Liability — As a condition of participation in a Competition, and by virtue of registering for the Competition, each Competitor agrees to accept the terms and condition of the Kayak Bass Fishing Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement (below). This Agreement absolves Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC, its officers, staff, and volunteers from responsibility and threat of litigation in the case of injury, loss, or death sustained by a Competitor in the Event. Registrants under the age of 18 must have their waiver/release form signed by the parent or adult guardian who will accompany them throughout competition. A printed copy of the Kayak Bass Fishing Waiver and Release Form (below) is available at the Event HQ Check-in Table and must be signed and on file with Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC before a registrant is eligible to compete.


Attachment A – Adult Registrants
KAYAK BASS FISHING WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT
READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY KBF COMPETITIVE EVENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC’s Event and its related competition and activities, I, the undersigned (or registrant), being at least 18 years of age, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

  1. I affirm that my participation in any KBF Event is voluntary and declare that I am physically fit and capable to participate in such; and
  2. I acknowledge that kayak fishing participation and competition involves certain inherent dangers, and hazards; that the risk of injury from the activities involved in this event is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, physical fitness, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,
  3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
  4. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary Terms and Conditions for Participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and immediately bring such to the attention of KBF Officers or Tournament Directors; and,
  5. in full recognition and appreciation of the dangers and risks inherent in such activities, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS KAYAK BASS FISHING, LLC and its owners, officers, managers, officials, volunteer event staff, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, event service and technology providers (including but not limited to TourneyX), and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of the releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and I hereby waive, release, and forever discharge Releasees from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, for costs, loss, expenses, or damages to personal property, or personal injury, or death, which may result from my participation in the KBF Event.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

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Participant’s Name (Print)                                          Participant’s Signature

_____________________________________         ___________
Date of Signing                                                           Participant’s Age
(Note If Participant is under 18 years of age, do not use this form. Registrant and Adult Supervisor must use Attachment B – Youth Registrants)

 

 

 


Attachment B – Youth (under age 18)
KAYAK BASS FISHING WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT
READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY KBF COMPETITIVE EVENT AND/OR SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC’s Event and its related competition and activities, I, the undersigned (or Registrant), being under the age of 18, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

  1. I affirm that Registrant’s participation in any KBF Event is voluntary and declare that Registrant is physically fit and capable to participate in such; and
  2. I acknowledge that kayak fishing participation and competition involves certain inherent dangers, and hazards; that the risk of injury from the activities involved in this event is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, physical fitness, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,
  3. Registrant (and Adult Parent, Guardian, or Designated Adult Supervisor) KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for Registrant’s participation; and,
  4. Registrant willingly agrees to comply with the stated and customary Terms and Conditions for Participation. If, however, Registrant or Adult Supervisor observes any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and immediately bring such to the attention of KBF Officers or Tournament Directors; and,
  5. in full recognition and appreciation of the dangers and risks inherent in such activities, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS KAYAK BASS FISHING, LLC and its owners, officers, managers, officials, volunteer event staff, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, event service and technology providers (including but not limited to TourneyX), and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of the releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and I hereby waive, release, and forever discharge Releasees from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, for costs, loss, expenses, or damages to personal property, or personal injury, or death, which may result from Registrant’s participation in the KBF Event.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

_____________________________________        x___________________________________________
Registrant’s Name (Print)                                          Registrant’s Signature

_____________________________________         ___________
Date of Signing                                                           Registrant’s Age

[   ] I will serve as Adult Supervisor and will accompany Registrant while he is on the water during competition hours.[   ] In place of or in addition to me, the Adult KBF Member designated below will act as the Adult Supervisor and will accompany Registrant while he is on the water during competition hours.

 

_____________________________________        x___________________________________________
Parent’s or Guardian’s Name (Print)                          Parent’s or Guardian’s Signature

_____________________________________        x___________________________________________
Designated Adult Supervisor’s Name (Print)                Designee’s Signature