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2018 KBF Midwest Open – La Crosse, WI

July 20, 2018 - July 21, 2018

2018 KBF Midwest OPEN

Event Rules Addendum
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  1. Venue: Mississippi and Black Rivers near La Crosse, Wisconsin
  2. Venue Host: Explore La Crosse
  3. Tournament HQ: AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center La Crosse – Riverfront, 1835 Rose St, La Crosse, WI 54603 (608) 781-7000
  4. Tournament DirectorTBD
  5. Format: 2-day CPR tournament using the TourneyX Tournament Management System
  6. Concurrent KBF Events:
    • 201807 IA KBF State Challenge – July 2018
    • 201807 MN KBF State Challenge – July 2018
    • 201807 WI KBF State Challenge – July 2018
  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: 12 inches
    • KBF Rules are authoritative, taking precedence over all information presented in social media, TMS, oral presentations, and other information sources.
  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.
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  9. Entry Fee and Procedures
    • Entry Fee: $150 + optional $10 Big Bass Brawl side pot (may be submitted with Entry Fee or later via KBF Online Store)
    • 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 (non-members also check the Admin Surcharge box), 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¢.
    • Remainder of Entry Fee goes into the Event Prize Fund, a portion of which is awarded as a Big Bass prize, with the rest distributed as cash prizes by rank.
    • Entry Fee Refunds up to one week prior to event upon request emailed to accounting@kayakbassfishing.com
  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 Waters: Mississippi and Black Rivers
  12. Boundaries: Mississippi River, Pools 7, 8, and 9, and any sloughs, backwaters, and tributaries up which one can float/paddle from the Mississippi River (no portaging or dragging over or around obstructions)
  13. Launch Points: All publicly-accessible launch sites contiguous to eligible water
  14. Captains Meeting
    • Competitor may attend a briefing at Tournament HQ at the time given below; or
    • Competitor may view pre-recorded information in a Virtual Captains Meeting on YouTube.
  15. Species: Black bass, all species
  16. Event Schedule (all times are EDT)
    • Thursday, July 19
      • 4:00 p.m.: Prefishing ends
      • 4:00–6:00 p.m.: Event Check-in at Tournament HQ
      • 6:00 p.m.: Event ID Code Released
      • 6:00 p.m.: Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ
    • Friday, July 20
      • 5:00 a.m.: Earliest Launch; registration deadline
      • 5:30 a.m.: Start-of-competition; first cast
      • 3:00 p.m.: Lines-out; end-of-competition and photo upload deadline. Also deadline for Competitors requiring help in uploading images to be in the Photo Assistance Line at Tournament HQ. Photos will not be accepted for scoring if they are not uploaded or the Competitor is not in the Photo Assistance line by that time.
      • 4:00–5:00 p.m. Check in to Tourney HQ. (Late or Failure to check in will result in denial of all photos for Day 1.)
    • Saturday, July 21
      • 5:00 a.m.: Earliest Launch; registration deadline
      • 5:30 a.m.: Start-of-competition; first cast
      • 3:00 p.m.: End-of-competition; lines out; photo upload deadline
      • 4:00–5:00 p.m. Check in to Tourney HQ. (Late or Failure to check in will result in denial of all photos for Day 2.)
      • 5:00 p.m.: Awards
  17. Scores and Ranking:
    • The combined length of up to ten (10) bass over two days (five bass on Day 1 plus five bass on Day 2) will contribute to each competitor’s score.
    • Event ranking is determined by the total 2-day score (length) for any photo(s) beside each Competitor’s name on the Leader Board when judging and verification is complete.
  18. Cash Prizes:
    • First Place is guaranteed $5,000 minimum.
    • Cash prizes are rounded to the nearest dollar.
    • 10% of field pay-out. One cash prize is paid for every ten registrants. (For 100-109 Competitors ten places pay. Eleven places pay for 110-119, twelve for 120-129, etc.).
    • Minimum $25 will be paid for the Event’s Big Bass, with ties broken by 2nd biggest bass.
  19. KBF BONUS BUCKS: [Info] [Enroll]
    • BONUS BUCKS for first place is worth $5,000 regardless of the number of registrations. Bonuses for other positions in rank start at 100 registrations. The number and amounts depend on registration levels.2018 KBF OPEN 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 twelve (12), with each angler’s ranking determined by his score.
    • KBF AOY points from this Event will be categorized as “OPEN” 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 required “0.01-inch” photo of an empty measuring board, will be awarded 60 Registration Points.
  21. 2019 KBF National Championship Qualification: Awarded to top 10% of field, rounded to the nearest 10. If recipient has previously qualified, the award does not roll down. Examples:
    • 95-104 Registrants (rounds to 100): top 10 places qualify
    • 105-114 Registrants (rounds to 60): top 11 places qualify
    • 115-124 Registrants (rounds to 70): top 12 places qualify
    • 125-134 Registrants (rounds to 80): top 13 places qualify (etc.)
  22. Reward Distributions: A 48-hour Dispute Period commences 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 then distributed via PayPal Funds Transfer using the email address provided by Competitor during event registration. If KBF requires that a Competitor provide an IRS FORM W-9, prize distribution to that Competitor will occur after the completed, signed and dated form is received.

DNR Note: “Special rules, regulations and agreements apply when fishing the Upper Mississippi River. Reciprocity agreements between Wisconsin and the states of Iowa and Minnesota allow a person to fish the boundary waters on the Mississippi River providing they have a valid fishing license from one of the adjacent states. The boundary waters area is defined by the railroad tracks that parallel both sides of the river. However residents must possess a resident license when fishing in their own states boundary waters. Regulations between Wisconsin and the other states differ so anglers must obey the regulations in the state they are fishing.” (Source: Fishing Wisconsin)

MN DNR Notes (Source: 2017 MN Fishing Regulations)

  • What license do I need to fish border waters?
    Minnesota residents must have a Minnesota license.
    Residents of a bordering state must have their state’s resident license.
    Other nonresidents may purchase a Minnesota or the bordering state’s nonresident license.
  • Can I fish anywhere on the border waters with a Minnesota license?
    …. Minnesota residents or nonresidents fishing with a Minnesota nonresident license, may fish throughout the defined waters bordering the two states.


July 20, 2018
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1835 Rose St
La Crosse, WI 54603 United States
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