2019 KBF Challenge Series

300+ opportunities for advancement in competition at national or state/province levels


KBF Challenges provide KBF Members opportunities to compete in places and times most convenient to them. They are catch-photo-release (CPR) online competitions using TourneyX and are organized at either the State or Regional level. KBF State Challenges run a full month. KBF Regional Challenges are typically of shorter duration—two, three or four days.

New for 2019 are progressive roll-out dates for KBF State Challenges. Weather patterns and open seasons were considered in establishing the first month of competition for each state or province. Those with relatively warm winter months that permit year-round fishing will begin in January. Moving northward, the states will see events posted on TourneyX beginning in March, April, May and June. If five or more KBF Members in a state commit to compete in a month earlier than shown on this page’s roll-out map, notify the Series Director and KBF will set up that event.

Prerequisites: KBF Membership (Competitor, AmBASSador, or Lifetime) is required to compete and be eligible for KBF Challenge Points. KBF Membership dues must be paid no later than 12:00 a.m. Central Time (not necessarily local time zone) of the first day of competition for a registrant to be eligible for prizes and awards. Non-members who register and compete do so merely to enjoy the competition and determine how they stack up against other kayak bass anglers in the event.

Concurrent Events: KBF Members may submit the same photo of a fish they catch in up to five concurrent KBF competitions (two bordering states with reciprocal fishing license agreements, a Regional Challenge, a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament, and a Pro Series Tournament, for example). While most opt to compete in only one state or region at a time, KBF Members have been known to compete in up to four regions, states or provinces during the same month—as well as in several TRAIL Series Tournaments. KBF Members often register and compete in KBF State Challenges of the states to which they travel for KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments, Member-only Tournaments, and Championships. If permitted by their rules, the photos submitted in KBF competition may be submitted in KBF Partner or non-affiliated club or circuit competition, too.

Registration: Event registration deadline is 12:00 a.m. in the time zone set for each competition. For example, If one wishes to compete in the May Virginia State Challenge, which is in the Eastern Time Zone, then he must register by May 1 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. No registrations are permitted once competition has begun. If one waits until 11:46 p.m. to register and then experiences a delay so the process runs over midnight…that’s too bad; might want to start earlier next time.

Time Zones: For states or regions with multiple time zones, events go by the predominant time zone. For example, East Tennessee is in Eastern Time Zone and the rest of the state in Central. The Tennessee KBF State Challenge is set up for Central Time Zone. Indiana uses multiple time zones but Eastern Time Zone is designated for state events. Arizona has regions on Pacific Time and others on Mountain Time, but  only one—Mountain Time—is used in setting up events for the entire state. The Southeast Region encompasses states in both Eastern and Central Time Zones and uses Eastern Time for its schedule. Competitors must be aware of this and adjust accordingly so as to not start or end an hour early or late.

All 2019 KBF Challenges will be run using the TourneyX Tournament Management System. Get started by creating a free TourneyX account. One may use a web browser on a computer or mobile device to register for an event by opening the Event Page (using the search function or jump to KBF Tournaments). Or, one may download the free TourneyX app for Apple or Android devices and register in the app.

Minimum Registration Threshold (MRT): KBF Regional Challenges with fewer than five registrants are cancelled. If fewer than five register in a state for a KBF State Challenge, that state is merged with a bordering state—usually one having the fewest registrants of its own and similar black bass characteristics. If the combined number is still less than five, then another state is selected for merger. Once merged, states remain so for the rest of the 2019 season unless a waiver is granted by the Series Director.

Entry Fee: $30 per Challenge. This includes both the Challenge and Big Bass competition. $5 of that is added to the KBF Challenge Series Championship prize fund. $5 covers TourneyX charges and another $5 pays for credit card processing fees, judging, event direction and promotion and other administrative costs. As in 2018, $15 goes into the pot that is distributed as cash prizes.

Refund requests must be received before competition start time; requests for refunds after competition has started will be denied. An administrative fee is charged for requests received after the date stated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

Cash Prizes: One place pays for 5-9 registrants, and then one for each additional ten. That is, two for 10-19, three for 20-29, etc.  [See 2019 Challenge Series Payout PDF.]

KBFNC Qualification: Awarded to top 10% of field, rounded to the nearest 10, minimum one qualification per Event (per state or multi-state group, in monthly KBF State Challenges). If Competitor has previously qualified, the award does not roll down.
• 5-14 Registrants: first place qualifies
• 15-24 Registrants: top 2 places qualify
• 25-34 Registrants: top 3 places qualify
• 35-44…etc.

Challenge Points: At each KBF 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 by 5 points from one place in rank to the next. Points from one’s top three KBF Challenges plus the KBF Challenge Series Championship (four scores in all) make up a KBF Member’s 2019 Challenge Points score. The maximum possible points, at 600 per event and 1,200 at the Championship, is 3,000. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship.

Challenge Points are the basis for 2019 KBF Challenge Angler and 2019 KBF Challenge Rookie of the Year awards. State and Regional Challenge Anglers of the Year will also receive recognition. KBF Challenge Points also are part of the equation used to identify KBF Members who will be invited to compete in the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship.

KBF Challenge Series Championship: October 18-19 on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin, which is when and where the KBF TRAIL Series Championship will also take place. The following qualify to compete in the 2019 Challenge Series Championship:

  • Challenge winners (first place only; no roll-downs)
  • Top 5 residents of each state and province based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three events (regardless of the state/province in which they were earned)
  • Top 50 residents of each KBF Region (all Canada is included in Central Region) based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three events (regardless of the region in which they were earned)
  • Cut-line: all KBF Members whose 3-event Challenge Points total is 1,700 or more
  • Remainder of field will be filled based on national KBF Challenge Points ranking.

If a KBF Member has already qualified by winning, or by rank in either state/province or region, qualifying position do not roll down. When qualified competitors decline Championship invitations, their positions go to others based on nationwide Challenge Points ranking. KBF Members will be skipped only if they have informed the Series Director in advance that they are unable or choose not to participate and will decline if invited. If one knows he cannot participate, keeps quiet, accepts an invitation and then declines, that position will be lost in the state/province or region; it will not roll down.

Rules: KBF Competition Rules apply and are comprised of the foundation, “KBF Competition Rules Standard,” and an event-specific set of rules and details called the “KBF Event Rules Addendum,” which is on each KBF Events Calendar page. Links to all Challenge Event Pages will be on KBF’s “2019 Year at a Glance” web page.

Challenge Series Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year are named at the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship (“100 Challenge Championship).

State Challenge AOY will be recognized for each state and province having five or more 2019 Challenge Series participants. Awards are based on state/province of residence as indicated by the member’s KBF online store account and TourneyX profile—not on the competition location. If a KBF Member relocates during the season, the state or province in which he resides most of the season will be considered his “state/province of residence.”

Example: KBF Member “Matt Bass” lives in Iowa. He competes in Central and Northeast KBF Regional Challenges, and in IA, MN, FL, and WI KBF State Challenges. Here are Matt’s best three events:
• 595 Challenge Points earned for placing second in a WI State Challenge
• 585 Challenge Points for fourth place in an IA KBF State Change
• 595 Challenge Points for second place in a Central Region One Night Stand.
That gives him a 3-event total of 1,775 Challenge Points. If that’s tops in the state, then Matt wins the 2019 Iowa KBF AOY Title (ROY is not tracked at the state level). If that puts Matt in the top three among Iowa Residents, or the top five in Central Region, then it qualifies him to compete in the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship. If he’s out of those two elite groups, then he still has a shot based on his national ranking, since there those already qualified are skipped over to fill out the Championship field of 100 competitors.

2019 Challenge Schedule:

  • January 1-31: January 2019 KBF State Challenges (See roll-out map)
  • February 1-28: February 2019 KBF State Challenges (See roll-out map)
  • March 1-31: March 2019 KBF State Challenges (See roll-out map)
  • April 1-30: April 2019 KBF State Challenges (See roll-out map)
  • April 19-21, Fri/Sat/Sun. Spring Regional Challenge
  • April 26-28: Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, April 2018 One Night Stand Regional Challenge
  • May 1-31: May 2019 KBF State Challenges (See roll-out map)
  • May 10-12: Fri/Sat/Sun, Momanem (Mother’s Day Weekend) Regional Challenge
  • May 17-19: Fri/Sat/Sun, Armed Forces Day Regional Challenge
  • May 24-26: Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, May 2018 One Night Stand Regional Challenge
  • June 1-30: June 2019 KBF State Challenges
  • June 14-16, Fri/Sat/Sun, Father’s Day Weekend Regional Challenge
  • June 28-30, Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, June 2018 One Night Stand Regional Challenge
  • July 1-31: July 2019 KBF State Challenges
  • July 5-7, Fri/Sat/Sun, Freedom to Fish (Independence Day Weekend) Regional Challenge
  • July 26-28, Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, July 2018 One Night Stand Regional Challenge
  • August 1-31: August 2019 KBF State Challenges
  • August 16-18, Fri/Sat/Sun, Dog Days of Summer Regional Challenge
  • August 30-Sept 1, Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, August 2018 One Night Stand Regional Challenge
  • September 1-30: September 2019 KBF State Challenges
  • September 6-8, Fri/Sat/Sun, Back to School(ing Bass) Regional Challenge
  • September 27-29, Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, September 2018 One Night Stand Regional Challenge
  • October 1-31: October 2019 KBF State Challenges (NO CHALLENGE POINTS)
  • October 11-14, Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, Columbus Day Regional Challenge (NO CHALLENGE POINTS)
  • October 18, Thu/Fri/Sat, Challenge Series Championship, Mississippi River, La Crosse, WI
  • November 8-11, Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, Veterans Day Regional Challenge (NO CHALLENGE POINTS)