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KBF TRAIL – Chautauqua Lake, NY

August 25, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT

Cautauqua Lake KBF TRAIL Series Tournament

Event Rules Addendum
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KBF TRAIL Series Sponsors are NuCanoe, Torqeedo, Bending Branches, NRS, Lucky Tackle Box, BaitCloud, YakAttack, YETI, APR, Yak Lights, Power-Pole, Lowrance and NINES Optics. If 100 or more competitors register for this event, a NuCanoe fishing kayak will be awarded as a prize.

  1. Venue: Chautauqua Lake, NY
  2. Venue Host: NYKBF — New York Kayak Bass Fishing
  3. Concurrent KBF Events:
  4. Tournament Director: Justin Hausner
    TD Cell: (585) 749-6469
    TD Email: justin@fuzzyguppies.com
  5. TRAIL Series Director: Richard Penny (contact Richard with questions about the series and KBF rules or to dispute judges’ scores and penalties)
    Email: richard@kayakbassfishing.com
    Phone: 619-569-3065
  6. Format: 1-day CPR tournament using the TourneyX Tournament Management System
  7. 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.
    • Wade- and bank-fishing are prohibited for this event.
  8. 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]
  9. 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”) by Thursday, 12:00 a.m, May 31, which is 10 days prior to start of competition. Registrations may be Active (Entry Fee Paid) or Inactive (incomplete; Entry Fee not yet paid).
    • Assuming MRT was met, additional registrants must sign up and all Entry Fees paid 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.
    • 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Eligible Water: Chautauqua Lake
  12. Boundaries: All water contiguous to eligible water, to which Competitor may float without leaving his watercraft, except for off-limit areas prohibited and marked by the authorities.
  13. Launch Points: All public launch areas onto public water may be used.
  14. Tournament HQ: Village Casino (a waterfront restaurant located in the middle of the lake) will host this event with live music and food specials. It is the location for the Saturday morning meeting as well as the Saturday afternoon check in and awards ceremony.
    Village Casino
    1 Lakeside Dr,
    Bemus Point, New York
  15. Captains Meeting: Competitors are required to view a Virtual Captains meeting 8PM on the NYKBF Facebook page
  16. Species: Black bass, all species
  17. Event Schedule (all times are EDT; local for the tournament HQ, unless otherwise stated)
    • Thursday, August 16 (10 days prior to Start of Competition)
      • 12:00 a.m. CDT: Deadline to meet MRT
    • Friday August 24
      7:00 p.m.: Event ID Code Released
      • 8:00 p.m.: Virtual Captains Meeting, live feed on NYKBF Facebook Page; may view recording.
      • 9:12 p.m.: Prefishing ends at twilight, 1/2 hour after sunset.
    • Saturday August 25
      • 5:30 a.m.: Earliest Launch; registration deadline
      • 6:00 a.m.: Start-of-competition; first cast/lines in water
      • 2:30 p.m.: End-of-competition; lines out; Photo upload deadline (Shows on TourneyX as “end of competition” time).
      • 3:00–3:30 p.m. Check in at Tournament HQ. (Late or Failure to check in will result in disqualification.)
  18. 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.
  19. 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.).
  20. 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.
    • Winnings are paid via PayPal funds transfer. See “Reward Distributions,” below.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.)
  24. 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.

Lodging Advice

Camp chautauqua is the campground closest to the location of the meetings.
There are also plenty of hotels in Jamestown,NY for those who do not want to camp.