2019 KBF TRAIL Series Schedule
- Saturday, 4/27: Lake Anna, Virginia
- Saturday, 5/18: Lake George, New York
- Saturday, 6/22: Upper Chesapeake, Maryland
- Saturday, 7/27: East/West Harbors, Ohio
- Saturday, 8/10: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
- Fri 9/13-Sat 9/14: Lake Erie, Pennsylvania – Regional Final
- Saturday, 3/9: O.H. Ivie Lake, Texas
- Saturday, 4/27: Lake Ray Roberts, Texas
- Saturday, 5/11: Lake Whitney, Texas
- Saturday, 8/10: Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas
- Saturday, 8/31: Toledo Bend Reservoir, Texas
- Sat 9/21-Sun 9/22: Lake Fork, Texas – Regional Final
- Sunday, 2/24: Lake Berryessa, California
- Saturday, 3/9: Lake Havasu, Arizona
- Saturday, 4/13: San Vicente Reservoir, California
- Saturday, 6/15: New Melones Lake, California
- Saturday, 7/6: Lower Otay Reservoir, California
- Fri 8/23-Sat 8/24: Clear Lake, California – Regional Final
- Saturday, 2/23: Santee Cooper System, South Carolina
- Saturday, 4/27: Lake Guntersville, Alabama
- Saturday, 5/11: Three Rivers, Georgia
- Saturday, 6/15: Chickamauga Lake, East Tennessee
- Saturday, 7/20: Kentucky Lake, West Tennessee
- Fri 9/6-Sat 9/7: Wheeler Lake, Alabama – Regional Final
- Saturday, 4/27: Big Hill, Kansas
- Saturday, 5/25: Lake St. Clair, Michigan
- Saturday, 6/8: Madison Chain, Wisconsin
- Saturday, 7/13: Mississippi River Pools 9 & 10, Iowa
- Saturday, 8/3: Mark Twain, Missouri
- Sat 9/21-Sun 9/22: Table Rock, Missouri – Regional Final
2019 KBF TRAIL Series Overview
KBF Members can pit their skill against other kayak bass anglers in regional tournaments. KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are qualifying events for the five 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Regional Finals, the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Championship (October 18–19 on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin) and the 2020 KBF National Championship (April 2–4 on Lake Guntersville, Alabama).
Entry fees for KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments and Regional Finals remain at $75 for 2019. The KBF TRAIL Series Championship Entry Fee will be $150.
2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournament Payouts
At each 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournament, the top ten in rank split $6,450 in cash, regardless of the number of registrants.
- First Place. . . . . . . . $2,000
- Second Place. . . . . $1,000
- Third Place. . . . . . . . $750
- Fourth Place. . . . . . . $600
- Fifth Place. . . . . . . . . $500
- Sixth Place. . . . . . . . . $400
- Seventh Place. . . . . . $400
- Eighth Place. . . . . . . $300
- Ninth Place. . . . . . . . $300
- Tenth Place. . . . . . . . $200
As noted in each KBF TRAIL Series Tournament Event Rules Addendum, Competitors who receive $600 or more cumulative for the year will be required to provide KBF with an IRS Form W-9 form. After KBF receives the completed, dated and signed IRS Form W-9, then winnings are paid via PayPal Funds Transfer (or by mailed check, if no PayPal account is available). [More Information]
KBF Big Bass Brawl at each KBF TRAIL Series Tournament pays out even more cash: $50 per hour ($100 for the “Golden Hour”) if caught by a Brawl registrant, and $500 for the biggest bass of the day (highest-scoring photo) among those caught by Brawl registrants. In addition, a mystery bass BONUS BUCKS is up for grabs, too, for Brawlers enrolled in KBF BONUS BUCKS. [Register for KBF Big Bass Brawls]
2019 KBF Angler of the Year Points will be awarded according to performance to every KBF Member who registers to compete in TRAIL Series Tournaments. First Place earns 600 AOY Points, Second place 595, Third 590, and so on, dropping by 5 points with each step down in rank. 120 points is the minimum awarded to any Active Participant. If one registers but doesn’t compete, 60 Registration AOY Points are awarded.
2019 KBF Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year ranking will be the sum of:
- Top three scores from the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments
- Points from one Regional KBF TRAIL Series Championship
- Double points from the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series National Championship
2020 KBF-NC Qualification—KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are qualifying events for the 2020 KBF National Championship. One qualification will be awarded to the top 10% in rank (rounded to the nearest 10), with a minimum of ten. No roll-downs if awarded to one who has previously qualified.
• 30-54 Registrants (rounds to 50): top 5 places qualify
• 55-64 Registrants (rounds to 60): top 6 places qualify
• 65-74 Registrants (rounds to 70): top 7 places qualify
• 75-84 Registrants (rounds to 80): top 8 places qualify. etc.
KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final Qualification—KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are also qualifying events for the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final. One qualification will be awarded to the top 10% in rank (one for every ten registrants), with a minimum of ten. No roll-downs if awarded to one who has previously qualified.
KBF TRAIL Series Championship Qualification—KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are qualifying events for the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Championship, too. Qualifications will be awarded to the top 10% in rank (one for every ten registrants), with a minimum of ten. No roll-downs if awarded to one who has previously qualified.
2020 KBF TENvitational Qualification: KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are qualifying events for the 2020 KBF TENvitational. Qualifications will be awarded to the top 10% in rank (one for every ten registrants), with a minimum of ten. No roll-downs if awarded to one who has previously qualified.
KBF BONUS BUCKS – TRAIL—KBF Members who enroll in KBF BONUS BUCKS are eligible to win over $2,000 in bonuses at each KBF TRAIL Series Tournament. That includes a $500 bonus from one of the regional sponsors: YakAttack (Southeast), Dakota Lithium (Northeast), Jackson Kayak (West), Bonafide (Central) or Nucanoe (Texas). All these are awarded to the first place finisher, assuming the sponsor eligibility standards have been met. KBF BONUS BUCKS of $300, $200, and $100 are awarded to KBFBB enrollees who finish in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. [Enroll in KBF BONUS BUCKS]
Mystery Bass BONUS BUCKS—This special bonus, starting at $50, grows with each TRAIL Series Tournament until claimed and then starts over at $50.
1. KBF uses Research Randomizer to generate a random photo score between 15.00″ and 24.00″
2. At the event, a competition hour (1–8) is drawn at random from a sack (e.g., Hour 3…. or Hour 7)
3. The TD identifies a photo of the Mystery Bass score that was submitted during the randomly selected competition hour. Ties are broken in favor of the first competitor who submitted a photo of that score. If the competitor who submitted that photo it is enrolled in KBF BONUS BUCKS – TRAIL, he’s awarded $50 (or the amount to which the bonus has grown by that event).
4. If a Mystery Bass Bonus is unclaimed, then the bonus is added to the bonus at the next KBF TRAIL Series Tournament. For example, if a $50 bonus is unclaimed, the next week’s Mystery Bass Bonus would be worth $50 + $50. Multiple KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments on the same day all benefit equally, so if there are three such tournaments the following weekend, $100 is up for grabs at all three. The number keeps climbing until claimed…possibly all the way to $1,500 by the last KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final.
2019 KBF TRAIL FAQ
- Who came up with this year’s schedule?
- The 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Schedule came about as a team effort from KBF Partner Tournament Directors from across each region. Certain concessions had to be made to get to where we needed to be on the overall TRAIL for what we could afford to do in 2019. Scheduling 40+ TRAIL Series Tournaments again, as KBF did in 2017 and 2018, just wasn’t feasible.
- Can anyone fish a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament in 2019?
- Well, yes…but only if he becomes a KBF Lifetime Member or 2019 KBF Competitor Member (Standard, Military, or Student). Non-members must pay their KBF Competitor Membership Dues (and KBF Ambassador Members must upgrade to Competitor membership) by midnight before competition to be eligible to register and compete.
- Why are there no TRAIL Series Tournaments in my state?
- KBF Members live in 45 states and three Canadian provinces, and KBF will run only 25 KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments and five Championships in 2019, so there aren’t enough events to go around. Some states will have two, but they are widely spaced (e.g., Chickamauga Lake and Kentucky Lake are both in Tennessee, and Erie and East/West Harbors are both on Lake Erie.)
- Can I compete in more than one region?
- Yes, you may, and regardless of region, your top three AOY points rankings contribute to your Angler of the Year standings. If you’re trying to qualify for a particular region’s Championship, the top three scores you earn in that region count. For example, if Kim fishes three TRAIL events (two in Southeast and one in Northeast Regions), his AOY points total will be the sum of points earned in those three TRAIL tournaments. If his goal is to qualify for the Southeast KBF TRAIL Regional Championship, he’s going to be at a disadvantage compared to KBF Members who fish three or more KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments in the Southeast Region. He still has a shot, but it’s a long one.
- What is the minimum number of registrants required in 2019 for a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament to “make”?
- There’s no minimum. The payouts are guaranteed regardless of the number of registrants.
- Are KBF BONUS BUCKS awarded at KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments?
- Yes. KBF BONUS BUCKS cash bonuses of $300, $200 and $100 are available to the top three finishers, providing they’re enrolled in KBF BONUS BUCKS-TRAIL. In addition, there’s a Mystery Bass Bonus worth $50 at each TRAIL Series Tournament, and if it’s unclaimed the amount grows in subsequent TRAIL events. Over 30, that adds up to another $1,500 in cash bonuses that will paid out—and not necessarily to the top finishers in each event.
- Are Sponsor BONUS BUCKS awarded at each KBF TRAIL Series Tournament, too?
- Yes, for every TRAIL Seres Tournament and Championship, KBF Sponsors will award cash or Gift Cards to BONUS BUCKS participants who place at the top in competition.
- How does a KBF Competitor Member qualify for a KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final?
- KBF Members can qualify in three ways:
a.) Win a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament. (Possibly place 2nd or 3rd…that’s still TBD.)
b.) Qualify by AOY Points earned in KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments (top scores of up to three TRAIL Series Tournaments in the Region.
c.) There will be a qualification process whereby KBF Partners can qualify KBF Members in their organizations, too. Details will be posted here when we have them.
- KBF Members can qualify in three ways:
- For how many KBF TRAIL Series Regional Finals can one qualify?
- Since two of them fall on the same weekend, four KBF TRAIL Series Regional Finals is the most anyone could possibly attend. A KBF Member could possibly win a TRAIL Series Tournament in three or four different regions and thereby qualify for three or four Regional Finals, though it’s not very probable. If one fishes three KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments in one Region and three in another, or wins two TRAIL Series Tournaments in different regions, he would very likely qualify for two regions.That’s more likely to happen.
- Must all AOY Points be earned in the same region?
- No. Points a KBF Member earns at his top three-scoring KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments count toward his 2019 KBF AOY Points total. Ditto for Regional Finals; if one fishes more than one championship, only the top score contributes to his AOY Points total.
- Does the payout vary with the number of registrations?
- No. $6,450 will be awarded at each KBF TRAIL Series Tournament. KBF’s break-even point on Entry Fees and Payouts (after credit card transaction fees, tournament management system charges, judging & admin costs) is about 100 participants.
- If the number of registrations exceeds 100, does the payout increase?
- No. Nor does it decrease if the number of registrations falls below 100. This is a fixed payout on which competitors can rely, which should help eliminate uncertainty that kept competitors away in previous years. (I would have signed up if I’d known the the payouts would be that high!)
What do we see happening with the KBF TRAIL Series down the road?
For one, we may need to split the Southeast Region into SE West and SE East. Florida may need to be its own region, as Texas is in 2019. Kristie is has some premium Florida events in the works that promise not only exciting kayak bass tournament action but vacation opportunities for anglers and their families. KBF is also working on ways to tie the KBF Partner Program into the Regional KBF TRAIL Series Championships.