Kayak Bass Fishing’s Biggest Event of 2020

The next YakAttack KBF National Championship, presented by Torqeedo, will take place April 2-4, 2020 in Marshall County, Alabama. More than 800 KBF Members are expected to compete in KBFNC-V, vying for a national champion title and a first-place payout of $75,000, plus another $25,000 or more in bonuses.

Championship contenders will be fishing one of America’s most popular big-bass factories—Lake Guntersville. Florida-strain largemouth bass were stocked in the lake several years back, interbreeding with the native northern stains and producing a population of bass that runs bigger than that of most lakes on the Tennessee River chain. KBF’s championship hits during Guntersville’s most productive time of the year for bass fishing. Competitors will be able to pattern bass in pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn stages, as bass are generally on the beds from mid-March through April. Spring rains upstream can have a huge impact on water temperatures, lake levels and turbidity, so there’s no way to predict the conditions we will encounter.

Guntersville anglers typically find most of their bass under and around the sprawling acres of hydrilla and milfoil. Native coontail and lily pads will just be emerging in early April, but bass will still be found in the lily pad fields, too, around last years stems.

Eligible water includes all 75 miles and 69,000 acres (a bit less at winter pool) of the lake plus tributaries, extending from the tail-waters of Nickajack Dam in Tennessee downstream to Guntersville Dam in the west. KBF will establish Event Headquarters at the Guntersville Parks & Recreation Center. Event participants, families, and the general public will find the KBFNC Expo to be bigger and better than ever before, and KBF is working on lodging discounts, too. Stop back frequently for more details to come.

This will be a 3-day event (Thur/Fri/Sat) with an optional KBF Big Bass Brawl. The field will be trimmed after Day 2, and the top 100 competitors will continue to compete for the Champion title on Saturday. While they do, all others who entered the KBF Big Bass Brawl will be invited to keep fishing on Saturday for even greater big bass prizes. Prize ceremonies and awards will be Saturday evening.

[Event Rules Addendum] [KBFNC Facebook Page] [Marshall County, Alabama] [AL Fishing License]


Open to the public Thursday through Saturday. No admission fee! Come browse exhibits by Kayak Bass Fishing sponsors, paddlesports manufacturers, and merchants. Food trucks will be on the premises. Lots of parking is available on-site, with overflow parking across the street in front of Fred’s, Goodwill, and Piggly Wiggly.
• Wednesday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Thursday, and Friday, April 2-3, noon to 6:00 p.m.
• Saturday April 4, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 1

  • 12:00 p.m–8:00 p.m: KBFNC EXPO for Competitors & Sponsors
  • 2:00 p.m–6:00 p.m: Competitor check-in
  • 2:00 p.m–8:00 p.m: Food trucks on premises
  • 3:00 p.m.: Prefishing on eligible water ends
  • 3:00 p.m–5:45 p.m: Lifetime Members Lounge open
  • 6:00 p.m: Captains Meeting, Day 1 Identifier Cards distributed
  • 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m: Competitor check-in wrap-up

Thursday, April 2

  • 5:00 a.m–5:300 a.m: Late arrivals check-in at Tournament HQ
  • 6:00 a.m–2:00 p.m: Competition
  • 6:31 a.m: Sunrise
  • 2:00 p.m–6:00 p.m: KBFNC EXPO Open to KBF Members and Sponsors
  • 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ
  • 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m: Food trucks on premises
  • 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m: Check-in
  • 3:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m: Lifetime Members Lounge open (appetizers at 4:00 pm)
  • 6:00 p.m.: Captains meeting, Day 2 Identifier Cards Distributed

Friday, April 3

  • 6:00 a.m–2:00 p.m: Competition
  • 6:30 a.m: Sunrise
  • 12:00 p.m–6:00 p.m: KBFNC EXPO Open to public
  • 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ
  • 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m: Food trucks on premises
  • 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m: Check-in
  • 3:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m: Lifetime Members Lounge open (appetizers at 4:00 pm)
  • 6:00 p.m.: Captains meeting, Top 100 announced, Day 3 Identifier Cards Distributed

Saturday, April 4

  • 6:00 a.m–2:00 p.m: Competition
  • 6:29 a.m: Sunrise
  • 10:00 p.m–6:00 p.m: KBFNC EXPO Open to public
  • 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ
  • 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m: Food trucks on premises
  • 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m: Check-in
  • 3:00 p.m.–6:45 pm: Lifetime Members Lounge open
  • 7:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony, Red River Room


These two optional KBF programs will again be combined for the 2020 KBF National Championship and add over $50,000 in bonuses and prize money to this year’s KBFNC.

To be eligible to win bonuses, one must register for KBF BONUS BUCKS – KBFNC. For Sponsors’ BONUS BUCKS, meet the eligibility requirements outlined below: (Note: this chart is for 2019 KBFNC, and we expect a repeat of these plus additional sponsors for 2020. This chart will be expanded as the list grows.0

To qualify for any bonus, one must enroll in KBF BONUS BUCKS – KBFNC no later than 11:59 PM CST on Wednesday, April 1.

Torqeedo: If the 2020 Champion owns and has a Torqeedo Ultra-lite 403 or equivalent mounted on the watercraft he used in the KBFNC, Torqeedo will award him $5,000. If he does NOT meet that eligibility requirement, then the presenter will ask 2nd place, then 3rd, and on down until we find the top-ranked competitor who does, and a $2,500 check will be presented to that person.

Bonafide: If first place is won by a competitor fishing from the Bonafide he owns, that’s worth $5,000. If not, then $2,500 will be presented to the highest-ranking competitor who owns and competed in a Bonafide.

Nucanoe: If first place is won by a competitor fishing from the Nucanoe watercraft he owns, that’s worth $5,000. No awards down the line if first place isn’t in a Nucanoe.

Jackson Kayak: If first place is won by a competitor who owns and competed in a watercraft by Jackson Kayak, he gets a $5,000l from Jackson. If not, then the MC will ask down the ranks, stopping at the first one who answers affirmatively and awarding a $2,500 to that competitor.

YakAttack will award $5,00 to the 2020 Champion if he owns and has YakAttack products* (GearTrac, mounts, Leverage Landing Net, etc.) on the kayak used in KBFNC competition. If the Champ strikes out there, then $2,500 will be awarded to the highest-ranking competitor who does.

NRS: If the highest-ranking Chinook PFD owner/user finishes in first place, NRS will award him a $5,000 bonus. If not, then we work our way down the ranks and the top Chinook-owner/user will receive a bonus check for $2,500.

Tourney Tag: If first place is won by a competitor with his Tourney Tag in the photos he submitted, he wins a $500 bonus. If not, then that $500 will be presented to the highest-ranking competitor who owns and had Tourney Tags in his photos.

KBF will award $5,000 to the first place finisher if enrolled in KBF BONUS BUCKS – KBFNC by the 11:59 PM deadline on Wednesday, April 1. If first place is NOT in KBF BONUS BUCKS, then the top competitor who is wins $2,500.

FishUSA: Over the previous 12 months, paying $100 or more for products purchased from FishUSA will be worth $5,000 to first place. If that competitor doesn’t  qualify, then a $2,500 FishUSA Gift Card will be awarded to the highest-ranked competitor who does.

The following companies will award bonuses to the competitors who finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. These awards do NOT roll down if unclaimed:

Bending Branches: A competitor finishing in the top three wins a bonus if he owns and has on watercraft during the KBFNC any Bending Branches Angler Series paddle. $1,000 to first, $500 to second, and $250 to third place.

NINES® Optics: A top-three finisher wins $1,000 $500 $250 (places 1-3, respectively) if he owns and has on watercraft during the KBFNC any NINES brand sunglasses

APR: A competitor who wins the KBFNC and who owns and has on watercraft during competition any APR (All Pro Rods) fishing rod receives a $1,000 bonus. Second and third place bonuses to eligible competitors will be $500 and $250.

LEW’s: Regardless of where one ranks, “You can’t lose with Lew’s!” But if you finish at the very top and you own and used any Lew’s fishing reel in competition, you’ll win a $1,000 Lew’s Reels bonus. Second place, if eligible, wins a $500 bonus, and third, $250.

*Products do not include promotional items, like caps, decals, garments (except high-tech apparel from NRS) or other items that do not represent the company’s primary goods.

KBFNC Big Bass Brawl

Hourly $100 big bass prizes all three days of the KBF National Championship are worth $100 (doubled during the “Golden Hour,” first hour of each day). The prize goes to the Brawl participant with the biggest (highest-scored) bass of an hour. That’s $2,700 up for grabs in hourly increments on Days 1 and 2. On Day 3, the top two each hour win the hourly prizes. The daily big bass winners on Day 1 get $1,000 each, and on Day 3 the top three receive money: $3,000 for First, $2,000 for Second, and $1,000 for Third biggest bass of Day 3. Another $4,000 will be awarded for the biggest bass of the entire 3-day Championship period. By “biggest bass,” we mean the highest-scoring photo. A 25.25″ bass penalized 1″ for open mouth will be scored 24.25″ and may be beat out in the Brawl by a 24.50″ bass with no deductions. Ties are broken based on upload time stamps. All totaled, that comes up to $15,600 in prize money paid out for the KBFNC Big Bass Brawl.

Competitor Checklist

  1. 2019 KBF Annual* Membership or Lifetime Membership
  2. 2020 KBF Competitor* or Lifetime Membership
  3. Event Registration by March 5 ($300 until Dec 31. $400 Jan 1-31, $500 Feb 1-March 5)
  4. Lodging—make reservations or arrangements (competitors, families, and spectators will number over 1,000)
  5. Alabama fishing license, and you’ll need a Tennessee License if you fish below Nickajack Dam.
  6. Budget and start setting aside funds for the trip (sponsors may help defray expenses)
  7. Schedule vacation
  8. Prep: fishing report and event article archives, Navionics Boat USA app, professionally guided prefishing trips (until Feb 28)
  9. Equipment: vehicle, boat, electronics, gear and rigging, rod and reels, lures and tackle, rain gear, skeeter and gator repellant

* Includes Military and Student discounted memberships

How Does One Qualify?

KBF Members qualify to compete in the 2020 National Championship either through KBF-directed Competition or KBF Partner Awards. Click the 2020 Qualified Roster image to open a PDF that displays a list of KBF 2019 and Lifetime Members who qualified through KBF and KBF Partner competition.

1. KBF Competition

  • 2019 KBF National Championship: 50
  • KBF DeeZee The TEN competitors: 11
  • KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments. 10% of field,  minimum 5 awarded at each
  • KBF State and Regional Challenges: 10% of field, minimum 1 awarded at each
  • Special KBF Members-only Events (e.g. TENvitational): 10% of field


  1. To qualify, one must have been a 2019 KBF Annual Member or KBF Lifetime Member no later than the day prior to start of each competition.
  2. When the top ranks include non-members or KBF Members who have previously qualified, their qualifications did NOT roll down to other competitors who finished lower in the ranks. For example, if 5 positions were eligible to qualify in a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament and First Place was not a KBF Member and a KBF Member in Second Place qualified earlier in the year, only the KBF Member in places 3-5 qualified—not Sixth or Seventh Places.

2. KBF Partner Awards

  • The number of qualifying awards for each 2019 KBF Partner depends onKBF Membership in the organization and participation levels at the meet-up tournaments it runs.
    • 10% of the number of KBF Members as of October 1 may be awarded “at-large” qualifications.
    • 10% of the field at any meet-up tournament with 30 or more registrants may be awarded (to KBF Members only, and no roll-downs if awarded to those previously qualified)
  • Recipients of qualifications awarded at tournaments are required to be 2019 KBF Annual Members or KBF Lifetime Members prior to the event’s start-of-competition. Recipients of at-large qualification awards must be KBF Members before October 1, 2019.

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2020 KBF National Championship

Compete against the best kayak bass anglers on the water