2022 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 an online Tournament Management System and are organized at either the State or Regional level. KBF State Challenges run the full month. KBF Regional Challenges are typically of shorter duration—two, three or four days.

In 2019, KBF began rolling KBF State Challenges based on local weather and state regulations. 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 begin in January. Moving northward, the states will see events posted on the Events Schedule page beginning in March, April, May and June.

NEWS: Challenges Now a Pathway to Dee Zee KBF The TEN: The Fish USA KBF Challenge Series Angler of the Year will now be numbered among the top anglers who make up the roster for Dee Zee KBF The TEN, one of the kayak fishing communities highest-profile events. One more KBF Member can win their way into The TEN by winning the Dee Zee KBF TENvitational, which is combined with a KBF TRAIL Series tournament in late January, 2022.

Prerequisites: KBF Membership (AmBASSador, Premium or Lifetime) is required to compete in KBF Challenges and be eligible for KBF Challenge Points. KBF Membership dues must be paid no later than the Event Registration deadline specified on the Event Registration page for a registrant to be eligible for prizes and awards. Non-members who register and compete are not eligible for cash prizes, qualifications and AOY points.

One Night Stand Regional Challenges: KBF’s One Night Stand is a 2-fish Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) tournament.  Competition is against others in the five Challenge Regions (Northeast, Southeast, Central, FL/TX, and West). There is no limit to the number of bass photos Competitors may submit during Competition Period. Regardless of the number of photos submitted, only the two highest-scoring photos (based on bass length) submitted by a Competitor throughout the 14 hours of competition will post to his score and will determine the final ranking.

Sign up by clicking the Register tab on the Events Schedule by the registration deadline for the night you choose to compete. Those who choose to compete may not withdraw after competition start time and switch to another day. Once competition has started, they are committed. So, for each angler, it really is a one-night stand.

Other Regional Challenges: Each month from April through October, KBF runs a 2-3-or 4-day weekend Challenge, usually coinciding with a national holiday, observance, or event (e.g., Spring, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Dog Days, Back to School, Columbus Day). Competition is against others in the five Challenge Regions (Northeast, Southeast, Central, FL/TX, and West). These are 5-bass Challenges that run from 12AM on the first day until 11:59PM on the final day. Registration cut-off is 12AM on the first day of competition.

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, 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. on the first day of competition, for State Challenges, in the time zone set for each event. For example, If one wishes to compete in the May Virginia KBF 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.

Time Zones: For states or regions with multiple time zones, events go by the predominant time zone. Northeast, Southeast, and FL/TX regions are set for Eastern Time Zones. Central Region for Central Time Zone, and West Region goes by Pacific Time.

Don’t rely on your lake-time, but go by the time zones laid out above. 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.

KBF Challenges will be run using a Tournament Management System, Fishing Chaos.  Get started by creating a free Fishing Chaos account. One may use a web browser on a computer or mobile device to register for an event by opening the KBF Event Schedule Page, click on the Register link for the event you wish to register for and it will open up the Tournament Management System the event will be run on. Please remember to update your Fishing Chaos app on a regular basis.

Entry Fee: $46 per Challenge.  $3.00 is retained for administrative fees.  $8.00 is held back for the KBF Challenge Series Championship prize pot.  The remaining $35.00 from each registration goes into the pot that is distributed as event cash prizes. 2021 Challenge Series Payout Chart

Refund requests must be received one week (seven days) prior to competition start time; requests for refunds after competition has started will be denied. An administrative fee of $3.00 is charged for all refund requests. Refund request form.

 Cash Prizes: One place pays for 1-3 registrants, two for 4-30, and then one for each additional ten. That is, three for 30-39,  four for 40-49, etc.  [See 2021 Challenge Series Payout PDF.]

2021 KBFNC Qualification: Awarded to top 10% of field, minimum three 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.

Challenge Points: At each KBF Monthly 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 by 6 points from one place in rank to the next. Points from one’s top three KBF Monthly State Challenges 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 2,700. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the 2022 KBF Challenge Series Championship.

Challenge Points are the basis for 2022 KBF Challenge State Champion awards. 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.

KBF Challenge Series Championship: This will be at the same time and place as the 2022 KBF TRAIL Series Championship and  the 2022 KBF National Championship. Points accumulation began in January 2022. The following qualify to compete in the 2021 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 5-event Challenge Points total is 2,000 or more

If a KBF Member has already qualified by winning, or by rank in either state/province or region, qualifying position does 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-specific Rules,” which is on each KBF Event Page. Links to all Challenge Event Pages will be on KBF’s “2022 Events Schedule” web page.

State Challenge Points Leaders will be recognized for each state and province. Awards are based on state/province of residence as indicated by the member’s KBF Club Membership in Fishing Chaos — 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 IA, MN, and WI KBF State Challenges. Here are Matt’s best three events:
• 594 Challenge Points earned for placing second in the October 2019 WI State Challenge
• 582 Challenge Points for fourth place in the May 2022 IA KBF State Challenge
• 574 Challenge Points in the July IA KBF State Challenge.
That gives Matt a 3-event total of 1,750 Challenge Points heading into the Challenge Series Championship. Since his top-3 score is over the 1,700 cut line, he qualifies automatically for the 2022 KBF Challenge Series Championship and, if he finishes in the top 20 of Cut-line Award competitors, he wins 1/20 of the Cut-line Award Fund, made up of $5 from every 2022 KBF Ambassador Membership dues payment. If Matt competes in the Challenge Series Championship (points and a half, or 900 points) and earns 870 points, and that’s tops in the state, then Matt wins the 2022 Iowa KBF State Champion Title (ROY is not tracked at the state level).


  1. Payout to Top 10%
  2. State AOY Recognition
  3. 2023 TENvitational Qualification
  4. 2022 KBFNC Qualification
  5. 2022 Challenge Series Championship
  6. 2023 Dee Zee KBF The TEN Qualification (Challenge Series AOY)


  3. TIES BROKEN ON Challenge Series Championship RANK

• Challenge Series AOY wins a slot in 2023 Dee Zee KBF The TEN


  1. Points from top three Challenges, October 2021 – August 2022
  2. Ties will be broken by 2022 KBF Challenge Series Championship RANK
  3. No minimum number of members per state
  4. Youth are permitted to participate based on existing participation standards for minors.