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2018 KBF TRAIL – East/West Harbor, OH

July 14, 2018 @ 5:30 am - 2:30 pm EDT

East-West Harbors KBF TRAIL Series Tournament

This KBF TRAIL Series Tournament is sponsored by NuCanoe, Torqeedo, YETI, YakAttack, Lowrance, Lucky Tackle BoxAPR, BaitCloud, NRS, Power-Pole, Yak Lights, Bending Branches, and NINES Optics.

Event Rules Addendum
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  1. Venue: East and West Harbors on Lake Erie near Lakeside Marblehead, OH
  2. Venue Host: Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail (BKFT)
  3. Concurrent KBF Events:
  4. Tournament Director: Shawn Skidmore
    TD Cell Phone: (937) 478-1640
    TD Email Address: sskidmore22@gmail.com
  5. Format: 1-day CPR tournament using the TourneyX Tournament Management System
  6. Competition Rules & Conditions of Participation: By registering, Competitor affirms that he has read, understands, and as a condition of participation in the Event agrees to abide by KBF Competition Rules, which are in two parts:
    • The “KBF Competition Rules Standards,” including a “Release and Indemnification Agreement” and a “Copyright and Use of Images Agreement.”
    • The specific rules and restrictions outlined in this “KBF Event Rules Addendum.”
    • Minimum length of bass scored: 8 inches
    • KBF Rules are authoritative, taking precedence over all information presented in social media, TMS, oral presentations, and other information sources.
  7. Eligibility:
    • All kayak bass anglers are welcome to sign up and compete in this Event. KBF Membership is not required to compete for cash prizes.
    • Only 2018 KBF Annual Members and KBF Lifetime Membership who paid their dues by midnight on the day before start-of-competition are eligible to earn KBF AOY Points, bonuses, and qualify for the 2019 KBF National Championship.
    • [Membership Info] [Join KBF]
  8. Registration, Entry Fee and Procedures
    • Entry Fee: $75
    • No cash will be accepted at the event. All Entry Fees must be paid before Registration Deadline through TourneyX with PayPal account debit or by check/debit card.
    • To register and pay the Entry Fee: (a.) log into TourneyX, (b.) navigate to the Event Page or click the dashboard’s “Register for Tourney” button and select the event from the drop-down menu, (c.) check a box that indicates agreement with and commitment to abide by all Rules, Competition Terms and Conditions, and terms of the Liability Release and Waiver Agreement, and then (d.) click the “REGISTER” button.
    • Entry Fee includes a $5 per-person TourneyX user fee and PayPal Transaction Fee of 2.9% plus 30¢.
    • 10% of Entry Fee ($7.50) is held back to build the 2018 KBF TRAIL Championship Prize Fund.
    • Remainder of Entry Fee goes into the Event Prize Fund, which is distributed as cash prizes by rank. with a portion going into a Big Bass pot.
    • MRT Deadline — Event sign-ups must reach the 30-person Minimum Registration Threshold (“MRT”) 10 days prior to the Tournament, by the time shown below.
    • Assuming MRT was met, additional registrants must sign up and pay Entry Fee by the time specified below.
    • If Event fails to meet MRT and KBF cancels the Event, each Registrant’s Entry Fee will be refunded in full upon request.
    • Understanding that until MRT is met the Event is subject to cancellation, Registrant indemnifies KBF and waives all liability on KBF’s part for non-direct or incidental loss (e.g., money spent on lodging reservations, travel, licenses) that result from Event cancellation.
  9. Event ID Code
    • At the time shown below, a KBF Identifier Card with Event ID Code will appear in each competitor’s TourneyX Dashboard. Print that formatted card for use in competition, or write the Event ID Code on a blank KBF Identifier Card.
    • Each KBF Identifier Card has six boxes or “fields,” permitting one Card to serve for up to six concurrent events. Preprint a sheet of 8 identifier blank cards by clicking this link: [KBF Identifier Forms PDF].
    • Using a permanent marker, write the Event ID Code in the Top-Right field (Box B) of a printed KBF Identifier Card.
    • If the field specified for this Event is already occupied, write the Event ID Code in an adjacent box.
  10. Eligible Water & Boundaries: All public-access water inside East Harbor and West Harbor, stopping at the inside end of the channels leading out to the main lake. Maps with eligible water marked in green are on the BKFT event web pagehttp://www.buckeyekayakfishingtrail.com/kbf-battle-on-east-harbor. Eligible water includes any public-access canals, slips, sloughs, channels, ditches, or tributaries in the areas marked by green, into/out of which one may float/paddle a watercraft (no portaging or dragging across land). Click the images below to see a larger view on a new tab.
    East Harbor Eligible Water  West Harbor Eligible Water 1   West Harbor Eligible Water 2
  11. Launch Points: All publicly-accessible launch sites, right-of-ways, or public access points into public water that is contiguous to eligible water. If launching from roadside be sure to pull vehicles/trailers off pavement/roadways so as to not pose traffic obstructions.
  12. Tournament HQ: East Harbor State Park, 1169 N Buck Rd, Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440 (This is the check-in or “measure-in” location. Click image below to open a larger image on another tab.)
    Tourney HQ and Check-in location
    The check-in or “measure-in” site is located in the back of the park. When you enter keep going past the campground and towards the main lake. There is a large parking lot located between East Harbor and Lake Erie. Allow plenty of time to drive through park roads, which are congested in July.
  13. Captains Meeting: All competitors are required to have viewed the Virtual Captains Meeting on YouTube.
  14. Species: Black bass, all species
  15. Event Schedule:
    • Thursday, July 5
      • 12;00 a.m.: Minimum (30) Registration Threshold Deadline
    • Friday, July 13
      • 9:34 p.m.: Prefishing ends (twilight; 1/2 hour after sunset at 9:04)
      • 7:00 p.m.: Event ID Code released
      • 11:59 p.m.: Registration deadline
    • Saturday, July 14
      • 5:00 a.m.: Earliest Launch
      • 5:30 a.m.: First Cast; competition start time (twilight is 5:39)
      • 6:09 a.m.: Sunrise
      • 2:30 p.m.: End of competition; lines out and photo upload deadline.
      • 3:30 p.m.: Check-in deadline at Tournament HQ; awards to follow
  16. Scores and Ranking:
    • The combined length of the five (5) bass caught during competition hours will contribute to each Competitor’s score.
    • Event ranking is determined by the total score (length) for any photo(s) beside each Competitor’s name on the Leader Board when judging and verification is complete.
  17. Cash Prizes:
    • First Place is guaranteed $1,000 minimum.
    • Cash prizes are rounded to the nearest dollar.
    • One cash prize is paid for every ten registrants. (For 30-39 Competitors three places pay. Four places pay for 40-49, five for 50-59, etc.).
    • Winnings are paid via PayPal funds transfer. See “Reward Distributions,” below.
  18. KBF Big Bass Brawl
    • Register and pay a $25 Entry Fee on the KBF Store: https://kbfstore.com/products/kbf-big-bass-brawl
    • Registration deadline is Competition Start Time (shown above as First Cast).
    • Hourly and daily winners are displayed on Tournament Management System leader board.
    • $50 Big Bass Prize paid hourly; rolls back to next hour if competitor is not registered in Brawl.
    • $500 Big Bass Overall/Daily Prize.
    • Ties break in favor of first upload.
    • If no Brawl competitor wins last hourly prize, cash award is forfeited.
    • Winnings are paid via PayPal funds transfer. See “Reward Distributions,” below.
  19. KBF BONUS BUCKS: Depending on number of registrants, bonuses are paid in addition to cash prizes to 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd Place finishers if they are enrolled in KBF’s contingency awards program no later than midnight Central Time the evening before start-of-competition. [Info] {Enroll]
    • 30-49 Registrants: $50 to 1st place if enrolled in KBF-BB
    • 50-74 Registrants: $100 to 1st, $50 to 2nd if enrolled in KBF-BB
    • 75-99 Registrants: $150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd, if enrolled in KBF-BB
    • 100+ Registrants: $200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd, if enrolled in KBF-BBKBF TRAIL Series BONUS BUCKS
  20. 2018 KBF AOY Points
    • 2018 KBF Angler of the Year points will be awarded to all eligible KBF Members who register for this event.
    • Active Participants’ AOY points will range from a maximum of 600 Points for First Place down to 120, dropping with each successively lower rank by no more than eight (8), with each angler’s ranking determined by his score.
    • KBF AOY points from this Event will be categorized as “TRAIL” Points on the KBF AOY Points chart.
    • To be considered an Active Participant, one must upload a photo of a bass that meets scoring standards or, if none were caught, a photo that meets all photo requirements except that the Measuring Board is empty, with a score submitted as 0.01″ (Note: KBF recommends taking such a photo and submitting it at start-of-competition time so Competitor qualifies for at least the minimum Participation Points and to ensure Competitor has an approved measuring board, KBF Identifier Card with Event ID Code, and a functioning digital camera.)
    • Registrants who do not compete, or who fail to upload the empty measuring board “Participation” photo  will be awarded 60 Registration Points.
  21. 2019 KBF National Championship Qualification: Awarded to top 10% of field, rounded to the nearest 10, minimum five with 30+ registrations. If recipient has previously qualified, the award does not roll down.
    • 30-54 Registrants (rounds to 50): top 5 places qualify
    • 55-64 Registrants (rounds to 60): top 6 places qualify
    • 65-74 Registrants (rounds to 70): top 7 places qualify
    • 75-84 Registrants (rounds to 80): top 8 places qualify (etc.)
  22. Reward Distributions: A 48-hour Dispute Period begins when Event judging and review are complete and the Tournament Director announces preliminary results. When all disputes have been resolved—no sooner than 48 hours later—prizes, bonuses, AOY Points and KBFNC qualifications are finalized and posted on this page. Cash prizes are distributed via PayPal Funds Transfer using the email address provided by Competitor during event registration. Competitors who win $600 or more, cumulative, during 2018 are required to provide KBF with a completed, signed, and dated IRS FORM W-9. KBF uses information from the W-9 to prepare an IRS 1099 form, a copy of which is sent to the IRS, and another provided to Competitor in January for income tax return preparation. Prize distribution will follow receipt by KBF of Competitor’s IRS Form W-9.


East Harbor State Park, Lakeside Marblehead, OH
1169 N Buck Rd
Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440 United States
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