The 2023 edition of Dee Zee KBF The TEN will take place in Polk County, Florida in early February. Ten elite kayak anglers qualified for the event earned their spots as the top ten finishers in the 2022 Farwide Angler of the Year standings. They will be provided with accommodations at Mack Lodge, A Guy Harvey Lodge, as one of the many perks for qualifying for Dee Zee KBF The TEN.
The anglers have also earned guaranteed payouts for every spot, and the angler who lands the ten longest approved fish wins ten thousand dollars.
The TEN roster for 2023 again includes some of the top names in kayak fishing, plus a wild card:
- Cody Milton (2021 & 2022 FarWide KBF Angler of the Year)
- Gene Jensen (Two–time 2022 KBF Trail Champion)
- Rus Snyders (2022 KBF National Champion, 2019 & 2020 KBF AOY)
- Josh Stewart (2019 KBF Pro Tour Champion)
- Jake Angulas (NuCanoe)
- Chris Spencer (Two-time 2022 KBF Trail champion)
- Derek Brundle (2022 KBF Challenge Series Champion, 2019 ROY)
- Ryan Nye (Two-time 2022 KBF Trail champion)
- Casey Reed (KBF Trail Champion)
- Anthony Winkleman (2019 KY KBF Challenge State Points Champion)
- Your name here (2023 TENvitational Champion)
Here is what KBF competitors are looking ahead to the event in Polk County, Florida:
Old Town pro angler Casey Reed (VA) told KBF:
“After experiencing the TEN in 2020 and just missing out two years in a row by fractions of an inch, I am very grateful to be going to battle it out with the top angler sin our sport for that $10,000 check and the title of KBF The TEN champion.”
Reed’s Old Town teammate Ryan Nye will also attend it, as a first time qualifier:
“Being from Connecticut, the kayak gets put away in the late fall until my trip down south. Not having much experience fishing in Florida, I know how different and difficult it can be from what I am used to, so the research can go a long way.
I use outlets such as Google Earth, Youtube and the state website to get as much information as possible….I try not to get caught up in the history of these lakes and go in with a fresh mind. I have only fished in Florida one other time back in 2020 for the Trail Series event and though it didn’t go as I had hoped, I learned a lot and look forward to seeing if I can take some of what I learned and build off of it for the TEN.”
Utah pro Chris Spencer summarized his feelings as follows:
“Can’t wait to get to Florida for the TEN. I’m nervous and excited. Looking forward to the experiences and challenges the Kissimmee Chain has to offer and for a chance at [catching] an absolute monster.”
A History of KBF The TEN
The history of Dee Zee KBF The TEN is a who’s who of kayak fishing. To qualify for it shows you are one of the best, to repeatedly qualify demonstrates outstanding consistency, and to win the event engraves your name on an exclusive monument. Simply put, there is no single event that is more exclusive or prestigious in the entirety of kayak fishing.
Every year, a new champion is enshrined. From first to most recent, they are as follows:
In 2017, Ron Champion tied Cory Dreyer for first place (Dreyer won the tie breaker), followed by Jamie Denison, Jason Broach and AJ McWhorter.
In 2018, Jamie Denison won THE TEN and Cory Dreyer was runner up. The top 5 was rounded out by Jody Queen, Brian Aliff and Ron Champion. And Cory Dreyer won the tiebreaker rematch with Ron Champion.
In 2019, Cody Milton won the title, followed by Eric Siddiqi, Jay Wallen, Matt Ball and Josh Stewart.
In 2020, THE TEN trophy was won by Rus Snyders, followed by Ken Wood, Derek Brundle, Cody Milton and Brad Case.
In 2021, Jody Queen won THE TEN, followed by Alex Miller, Jeremy Mitchell, Cory Dreyer and Adam Petrone.
In 2022, Cody Henley prevailed.
There is still time to plan, travel and compete for that last spot awarded to the TENvitational champ! See below for more info.
About the Anglers
Jake Angulas is sponsored by NuCanoe, Enduro Power, and Dobyns Rods.
Derek Brundle is sponsored by NuCanoe MotorGuide Amped Outdoors LLC X Zone Lures Yakrods RAZE Eyewear Crosskix Da Bomb Anchor Company Rogue Fishing Co. YakGadget Accent Fishing Products Power-Pole Total Boat Control Thrasher Sports Apparel
Gene Jensen is sponsored by 13 Fishing, JJ’s Magic, Motorguide, Bona Fide Kayaks, Yak Attack, Alumacraft, Seaguar, Realtree Fishing, Plano, Gamakatsu, Spro and Dakota Lithium Batteries.
Ryan Nye is sponsored by Old Town, Black Hall Outfitters, Enduro Power Lithium Batteries, Stretching Lines and Northbound Gear
Josh Stewart is on the Jackson Kayak Fishing team.
Anthony Winkleman is sponsored by Oldtown Canoes and Kayaks, Dakota Lithium Batteries
and Dobyns Rods.
- The KBF TRAIL ,TENvitational and The TEN tournaments are generously hosted by Visit Central Florida
- Accommodations provided by https://guyharveycampmack.com/
- KBF Membership: Purchase 2023 KBF membership and create a Fishing Chaos account here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/join/
- The 1st events of the 2023 Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Powered by Dakota Lithium are concurrent with the KBF TENvitational on January 28-29, 2023. TENvitational anglers may compete in both events (only qualified anglers may compete in the TENvitational). For information and registration, click here: https://app.fishingchaos.com/tournament/kbf-trail-series-or-polk-county-fl
- License info: If you are traveling from out of state, purchase your non-resident fishing license here: https://myfwc.com/license/recreational/freshwater-fishing/
- Read about the 2022 edition of Dee Zee KBF The TEN here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/cody-henley-wins-dee-zee-kbf-the-ten/
- Read about the 2021 edition of Dee Zee KBF THE TEN here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/jody-queen-wins-dee-zee-kbf-the-ten-2021/
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First Published January 4, 2023
[An earlier version of this article mistakenly noted that Chris Spencer was from California]
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