KBF Challenge Series

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


KBF Challenges give KBF Members opportunities to compete at the most convenient places and times. Challenges pit Competitors against others in their own or nearby state(s) or on a nationwide (US and Canada) basis.

Entry Fee: $25

Prerequisites: KBF Membership is required. Midnight Central Time of the evening before start-of-competition is the deadline to pay 2018 Annual or Lifetime KBF Member Dues to both compete and be eligible for Angler of the Year points, That is also the enrollment deadline for Competitor be eligible to earn KBF BONUS BUCKS.

MRT (Minimum Registration Threshold): Five registrants. National Challenges with fewer than five are cancelled. State Challenges in which fewer than five register for one state results in a merger of  that state with a bordering state—usually one having the fewest registrants of its own. 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 2018 season.

Payout: 10% of field (one place for 5-9, two for 10-19, three for 20-29, etc.). $5 from each Entry Fee is used to pay TourneyX per-person user fees. A portion is also held back to fund prizes for the 100 Challenge Championship in October and for administrative costs, with the balance paid out in prizes. [See 2018 Challenge 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.

AOY: 2018 Angler of the Year Points are awarded at each Challenge, from a maximum of 300 down to a minimum of 60 (for active participants) or 30 (for non-participating registrants), dropping no more than 8 points from one place in rank to the next.

Points from one’s top five KBF State Challenges and his top Nationwide Challenge (six scores in all) add up to the KBF Member’s score in the AOY Challenge Category. Maximum possible points, at 300 per event, is therefore 1,800.

AOY points are the basis for 2018 KBF Angler and Rookie of the Year ranking. They also identify KBF Members who will be invited to compete in the 100 Challenge Championship on Toledo Bend, October 19-20, 2018. Two KBF Members from each State and Province whose scores top all others residing in the same state will be invited to compete in that Championship. Position do not roll down within states; however, if one or both of them decline their invitations, their positions go to the nationwide ranking pool. If, for example, KBF Members in 42 US states and Canadian provinces compete in Challenges, KBF will invite 84 of them (top two in each state/province) to compete in the Championship. If 60 of them accept, that results in 40 invitations to other KBF Members based on national Challenge AOY Points ranking. KBF Members will be skipped only if they have informed the series director in advance that they will decline if invited. If one knows he cannot participate, keeps quiet, accepts an invitation and then declines, that position will be lost; it will not roll down.

Bonuses: For Challenges in which the number of registrants is 25 or more, Competitors who enrolled in KBF BONUS BUCKS, KBF’s optional contingency rewards program, are eligible for bonuses according to this schedule:2018 KBF Challenge BONUS BUCKS


Rules: KBF Competition Rules apply and are comprised of the foundation, “KBF Competition Rules Standard,” and an event-specific set of rules and details, “KBF Event Rules Addendum,” that are found on each Challenge’s KBF Events Calendar page. For a quick reference with links to all Challenges, visit KBF’s “2018 Year at a Glance” web page.