2021 Kayak Bass Fishing Angler of the Year

KBF Members' AOY Program Details
In 2021 KBF recognizes superior performance in two series:


Realtree KBF TRAIL Series Presented by Dee Zee

KBF Members competing in KBF TRAIL Series tournaments earn points based on their ranking in each event. For national ranking, KBF counts the top three (3) scores from TRAIL Series Tournaments, plus the points score from the Trail Series Championship.

The 2021 KBF Angler of the Year will be announced at the Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series Championship presented by Dee Zee, which will be in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 13th and 14th. In addition, points earned at that Championship will determine which nine other KBF Members will attend the Dee Zee KBF The TEN 2022.

Angler of the Year Eligibility

  • Only 2021 KBF Premium and Lifetime Members may earn Angler of the Year points in the Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series.
  • KBF AOY Points are awarded only for registering and competing in KBF-sanctioned KBF TRAIL Series tournaments.
  • Competitor must have paid his KBF Membership Dues no later than the event registration deadline.  Joining KBF on the day of an event is too late to earn points at that event.

ROY Eligibility

Rogue Fishing Co. is the name sponsor for the 2021 KBF “Rookie of the Year” race, which identifies KBF’s newest kayak angling competition leader.

  • Limited to 2021 KBF Premium and Lifetime Members who have not participated in KBF Trail Series Competition prior to the 2021 Season. That means no TRAIL before December 2020.

Points Awards

  • The Maximum AOY Points awarded for the highest ranking KBF Member in a KBF TRAIL Series tournament is 600.
  • AOY Points, to a maximum of 900, will also be awarded at the KBF TRAIL Series Championship in Shreveport, AL, October 13-14.
  • Each KBF Member down the ranks will be awarded a successively lower number of AOY Points. The “decrement” at KBF TRAIL Series regular season tournaments is six (6) points per step in rank. For example, First place earns 600 points, second place 594, third 588, and so on down to 120 points, the minimum earned by “Active Participants.” (“Active” is defined as competitors who demonstrated by submission of a photo taken in the competition area, even if of an empty Measuring Board with Identifier.) The decrement will be 9 Points at the TRAIL Series Championship.

Scoring — KBF Members’ AOY Points Total is the sum of their points from their:

  • Top three (3) KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments scores (maximum 600 each, total 1,800 from three events), plus
  • Score from the KBF TRAIL Series Championship (maximum 900).
  • AOY Points awards for TRAIL tournaments are not final until the end of the Dispute Period during which protests submitted by competitors are reviewed and, in some cases, resolved with a change in both rank and AOY scores.
  • Scores are reported on KBF Event Schedule web page after all disputes have been resolved.
  • Ties are broken by Championship standing.


  • The 2021 KBF Angler of the Year will meet the other top-ranked KBF Members in the Dee Zee KBF The TEN, a battle of KBF AOY points leaders.

Challenge Series

Challenge Points: At each KBF Challenge and Weekend Warrior Challenge, Points are awarded, ranging from a maximum of 600 to a minimum of 120 (for active participants) or 60 (for non-participating registrants), dropping 6 points from one place in rank to the next.

Points from one’s top three KBF Challenges, one Weekend Warrior Challenge plus up to 900 points at the KBF Challenge Series Championship (five scores in all) make up a KBF Member’s Challenge Points score.

The maximum possible points, at 600 per event and 900 at the Championship, is 3,300. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the KBF Challenge Series Championship.

Challenge Points are the basis for 2021 KBF Challenge State Champion recognitions and for the 2021 KBF Challenge Angler of the Year, who earns a position on the 2022 Dee Zee KBF The TEN roster.

KBF Challenge Points also are part of the equation used to identify KBF Members who will be invited to compete in the 2021 KBF Challenge Series Championship, which will be held October 13-14 in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana.

  • Each KBF Challenge winner from October 2020 through September 2021 qualifies for the 2021 KBF Challenge Series Championship.
  • The top 2 residents of each state and province based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three Challenges January through September, 2021 (regardless of the state/province in which they were earned) will be invited to compete in the Series Championship.
  • Finally, all KBF Members whose 4-event Challenge Points total is 2,000 or more as of the end of September (the “cut-line”) will be invited to compete.

Note: If a KBF Member has already qualified by winning a Challenge Series Event, or by Challenge Points rank in either state/province or region, qualifying positions do not roll down within the state, province or region.


Difference between Registering and Competing

As soon as you’ve launched your kayak onto competition waters, start every KBF-sanctioned competition by uploading to the Tournament Management System (“TMS”) a photo of an empty, approved measuring device (e.g., Ketch, Hawg Trough) on your kayak with the correct identifier—exactly as you would a regular submission, but without a bass—and submit a score of 0.00″. Why?

  1. Doing so identifies you as an active participant rather than just a registrant. Without even catching a fish, the number of KBF AOY Points you will receive double.
  2. Registrants received sixty (60) “AOY Registration Points” for most events. By uploading the 0.01″ no-bass photo, the number of points double.
  3. Going through the photo routine as soon as you’re on the water ensures your measuring board s onboard and intact, your camera is functional, and that you’re able to upload to the TMS app.
  4. Uploading a photo also ensures that your name appears on the Leader Board. And that empty measuring board presents you an opportunity to promote a sponsor whose logo appears where a bass normally lies.
KBF AOY Participation Points Photo
2016 – 2020 KBF Angler and Rookie of the Year Leaders

Rus Snyders (TN)
2020 KBF AOY

Rus Snyders (TN)
2019 KBF AOY

Derek Brundle (MA)
2019 KBF ROY

Cody Milton (AR)
2018 KBF AOY

Joe D’Addeo (NH)
2018 KBF ROY

Jamie Denison (NC)
2017 KBF AOY

William Son (KY)
2017 KBF ROY

Jay Wallen (KY)
2016 KBF AOY

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