2022 Kayak Bass Fishing Angler of the YearKBF Members' AOY Program Details
In 2022 KBF recognizes superior performance in three series:
- Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series presented by Dee Zee
- Angler of the Year
- Rookie of the Year
- Realtree Fishing KBF Pro Series presented by Dee Zee
- FishUSA Challenge Series
- Challenge Angler of the Year
- State Challenge Champion
Realtree KBF TRAIL Series Presented by Dee Zee
KBF Members competing in KBF TRAIL Series and KBF Pro SERIES tournaments earn points based on their ranking in each event. For national ranking in the TRAIL Series, KBF counts the top three (3) scores from TRAIL Series Tournaments, plus the points score from the Trail Series Championship. For national ranking in the Pro Series, KBF counts the top three (3) scores from Pro Series Tournaments, plus the points score from the Pro Series Championship.
The 2022 KBF TRAIL Series Angler of the Year will be announced at the Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series Championship presented by Dee Zee, which will be in Paris, KY on October 19th and 20th. In addition, points earned at that Championship will determine which nine other KBF Members will attend the Dee Zee KBF The TEN 2023.
The 2022 KBF Pro Series Angler of the Year will be announced at the Realtree Fishing KBF Pro Series Championship presented by Dee Zee, date TBA.
Angler of the Year Eligibility
- Only 2022 KBF Premium and Lifetime Members may earn Angler of the Year points in the Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series and KBF Pro Series.
- KBF AOY Points are awarded only for registering and competing in KBF-sanctioned KBF TRAIL Series and KBF Pro 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.
Rogue Fishing Co. is the name sponsor for the 2022 KBF “Rookie of the Year” race, which identifies KBF’s newest kayak angling competition leader.
- Limited to 2022 KBF Premium and Lifetime Members who have not participated in KBF Trail Series Competition prior to the 2022 Season. That means no TRAIL before December 2021.
- The Maximum AOY Points awarded for the highest ranking KBF Member in a KBF TRAIL Series or Pro Series tournament is 600.
- AOY Points, to a maximum of 900, will also be awarded at the KBF TRAIL Series and Pro Series Championships.
- Each KBF Member down the ranks will be awarded a successively lower number of AOY Points. The “decrement” at KBF TRAIL Series and Pro 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 60 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.) or 60 (for non-participating registrants). The decrement will be 9 Points at the TRAIL and Pro Series Championship.
Scoring — KBF Trail Series AOY
- 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.
Scoring — KBF Pro Series AOY
- Top three (3) KBF Pro Series Tournaments scores (maximum 600 each, total 1,800 from three events), plus
- Score from the KBF Pro Series Championship (maximum 900).
- AOY Points awards for Pro Series 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.
- Ties are broken by Championship standing.
- The 2022 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 Points: At each KBF State 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 plus up to 900 points at the KBF Challenge Series Championship (four 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 2,700. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the KBF Challenge Series Championship.
Challenge Points are the basis for 2022 KBF Challenge State Champion recognitions and for the 2022 KBF Challenge Angler of the Year, who earns a position on the 2023 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 2022 KBF Challenge Series Championship, which will be held October 19-20 in Paris, KY.
- Each KBF Challenge winner from October 2021 through September 2022 qualifies for the 2022 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 October, 2021 through September, 2022 (regardless of the state/province in which they were earned) will be invited to compete in the Series Championship.
- Finally, all KBF Members whose 3-event Challenge Points total is 1,400 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?
- 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.
- Registrants received sixty (60) “AOY Registration Points” for most events. By uploading the 0.01″ no-bass photo, the number of points double.
- 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.
- 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.