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2020 KBF Challenge Series Championship

October 7, 2020 - October 8, 2020


2020 FishUSA KBF Challenge Series Championship
presented by NRS Fishing on Lake Guntersville

Daily Events: 

Thursday, Oct. 8
4:00pm – 7:00pm Beachfront party at the Beachfront Pavilion, down at the lake (BarBQue truck, free drinks, socializing). Projection screen and sound system will show Challenge Series Championship and TRAIL Series Championship awards ceremony which takes place in the Grandview Ballroom. (mask and social distancing required
4:00pm Giveaways begin- winners will be drawn every 30 minutes.
6:30pm – Top Team, Trail Top Ten, Challenge Top Ten, State Champions and Regional AOY will be notified by 5:30pm via SMS requesting your presence at the Lodge.   Cash Bar will be available. Each of the competitors reporting will be given one free drink ticket.

7:00pm – Live-stream Tournament update, Awards and Top 100 announced and decals distributed to the “100”. (Once the live-stream is over everyone will be dismissed)

Friday, Oct. 9
6:00pm – Banquet, compliments of the City of Guntersville and the Marshall County Conventions and Visitors Bureau, in the Grandview Ballroom for KBFNC Top 100, 2020 AOY/ROY, Regional AOY, Challenge Series AOY, Challenge and TRAIL Series Top 10, and Sponsors.
6:00pm – Bar opens
6:30pm – Dinner served
7:00pm – Awards Ceremony will begin, live streamed on the KayakBassFishing Facebook page. There we will announce the 2020 KBF National Champion, KBF ANGLR of the Year and KBF Rookie of the Year, and the Dee Zee KBF The TEN roster.

  1. Venue Hosts: Marshall County Conventions & Visitors Bureau welcomes KBF to Lake Guntersville.
    For information about the local area, places to stay, restaurants, etc. visit marshallcountycvb.com. Here are a few important points that they’ve shared with us to help us keep both the community and visitors healthy:
    • Alabama is under a mandatory mask order. Please keep your mask with you at all times. Restaurants, hotel lobbies, retail stores all require a mask for entry.
    • Anglers and family members are asked to wear masks at Sign-in, Report-in, and in other public areas and maintain 6 feet distance when possible.
    • Hotels and campgrounds promise to provide a clean, safe stay for all guests with extra precautions taken during this time.
    • We do recommend that you reserve your hotel room or campsite as soon as possible if you plan to participate in the tournament. Lake Guntersville has been a popular destination during the last few months and rooms/campgrounds are booking quickly.
    • All tournament assemblies and activities will take place at Lake Guntersville State Park. The lodge and campgrounds are great options for overnight stays.
  2. Event Management Team
    • Event Director: Kristie Hoover, 615-456-7123, [e] kristie@kayakbassfishing.com
    • Tournament Director
    : Joe Haubenreich, 615-456-7123, joe@kayakbassfishing.com
    • Tournament Coordinator
    : Terry Russell, 615-419-3016, terry@kayakbassfishing.com
    • Media & Emcee:  Chad Hoover, kayakbassfishing@gmail.com
    • Judging & Compliance Manager
    : Amanda Brannon, 843-709-4176, amanda@kayakbassfishing.com
  3. Tournament HQ: Lake Guntersville State Park, 1155 Lodge Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976
    To adhere to the social distancing guidelines in place please follow the checkin path below:
    1. Walk upstairs to the Camilla Room on the 2nd floor.
    2. Go to the Sign-in Station that includes the first letter of your last name. There you will review (or fill out) your Registration Form and receive your Name Badge and KBF Identifier Cards.
    Note: If the lines are very long, you may exit to The Ledge to have your measuring board inspected and then return to sign in.
    3. Next, walk to the Captains Bag Station. Your Name Badge will be marked or punched when you receive your Captains Bag.
    4. 2020 KBFNC Competitors Walk to the T-shirts Station to pick up your t-shirt (according to size on your Name Badge) and have your Name Tag marked or punched again.
    5. Sponsors exhibits will be in the Camilla Room, so stop by and say, “Thanks!”
    6. Proceed to The Ledge (2nd floor balcony) for Measuring Board inspection and approvals.
    7. Lifetime Lounge is downstairs in a roped-off area of the Hickory Room (bar and lounge)
  4. Event Meetings:
    • Tuesday, October 6,7:00 p.m.: Virtual Captains Meeting streamed live on the KBF Facebook page. Lifetime Members invited for the Live viewing.
    • Wednesday, October 7, 5:00 a.m.: Captains Meeting Briefing for late arrivals at Tournament HQ front lobby.
    • Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.: None
    • Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.: Day 2 Awards Night to announce Top Team Cup Challenge winners and Top 100 advancing to Day 3 KBFNC competition; distribute Top 100 decals. Also announce KBF Challenge State Champions.
    • Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.: KBFNC Awards Ceremony. Present National Champion and Top 10%; announce 2020 KBF AOY and ROY, recognize The TEN roster.


    Event Rules Addendum

    1. Format: This is a two-day CPR tournament. Each competitor’s final score will be determined by adding the total length of the bass by his name on the Event Leader Board at end-of-competition time on Day 1 (Wednesday) and Day 2 (Thursday). All bass scored must have been caught from eligible water during competition hours and submitted within the time frame permitted by the rules. Up to five (5) bass each day will contribute to the cumulative score.
    2. Concurrent Events
      • 2020 Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series Championship Presented by Dee Zee, October 7-8
      • 2020 KBF Top Team Cup Challenge, October 7-8
      • 2020 YakAttack KBF National Championship, October 7-9
      • October 2020 FishUSA KBF State Challenge Presented by NRS Fishing, Tennessee and Alabama, October 1-21
      Columbus Day 2020 FishUSA KBF Regional Challenge Presented by NRS Fishing, October 9-12
    3. Competitor Eligibility
      • KBF Membership (2020 Ambassador, Competitor, Pro Membership or Lifetime Membership) is required to register for and compete in this event.
      • Registrants must have qualified by:
      > Finishing in First Place in KBF Challenges from October 2019 through September 2020, or…
      > Finishing in the top 50 in Challenge Points in their Challenge Region (based on state of residence), or…
      > Finishing in the top 5 in Challenge Points in their state of residence, or…
      > Making the “Cut-line,” i.e., earning 2,000 or more Challenge Points in their top four 2020 KBF Challenge Series finishes from October 2019 through September 2020. (See “Cut-line Award” below.)
    4. Entry Fee, Procedures & Deadline
      • Sign up and pay the Championship Entry Fee through the TourneyX Tournament Management System. [Register]
      • Entry Fee: $50.00
      • Registration deadline: 12:00 a.m. October 6, 2020
    5. Entry Fee Refunds: Deadline to withdraw from the event is 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2020  Please complete the Withdraw & Refund Form and your refund will be processed.
    6. Competitor Event Sign-in: All competitors must sign in at the Event HQ Check-in Station between 1 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 6. Late arrivals check-in and briefing will take place at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 7 at the HQ front lobby, by the fireplace. Participants are not eligible for competition until they have signed in and obtained the Identifier Card and had their measuring board(s) certified.
    7. Event Rules — By registering for this event, you agree that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by the terms, conditions, and provisions of the KBF Competition Rules Standard and event-specific rules on this Event Page.
    8. Required Permits — Each competitor must have a resident or non-resident Fishing License that is valid for the waters in which he fishes (Alabama and/or Tennessee).
    9. Event ID Card — KBF will distribute unique event Identifier Cards for both days at the Event Sign-in on Tuesday (and late-arrivals 5 a.m. sign-in on Wednesday)
    10. Event ID Code
      • Event ID Codes WILL be used for the KBF Challenge Championship, to be printed on the 2020 Championship Identifier Cards
      • Three-character Event ID Codes will post at 7:00 p.m. the evening before competition on both TourneyX dashboards and the KBF Event ID Code web page: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/identifiers/
      • Every photo must include the correct day’s 3-character Event ID Code on the correct day’s KBF Identifier Card
    11. Eligible Water & Boundaries: Eligible water for all three days of competition will include all of Lake Guntersville from Nickajack Dam (in Tennessee) to the Guntersville Dam (in Alabama), including any backwaters, bays, creeks and sloughs contiguous to those lakes and river, provided the Competitor is able to access the area from the main bodies of water by floating to/from it in his watercraft. They may not be separated from the main body of water by a dam, levee, bar, reef, berm, other land form. Portaging is allowed ONLY to:
      (a.) exit an area into which one has floated and that afterwards becomes isolated by a rapid drop in river or lake level or
      (b.) bypass a temporary obstruction, such as a downed tree across a creek.
      River Bassin’ experts may fish the Sequatchee River as far upstream as the Highway 111 bridge near Dunlap, Tennessee.
      Propulsion is not an “eligible water” issue. Floating and pulling oneself by hand across a weed-choked swamp to reach backwaters on the other side is permissible.
    12. Launch from any public-access launch point contiguous with, though not necessarily directly onto, eligible water.
    13. Minimum Length: 12 inches is the minimum length of bass eligible for scoring in this event. Photos must include competitor’s best attempt at bass length; photos of bass of lengths under 12″ will be denied.
    14. Manual Submission of Digital Photos
      • Competitors should attempt to submit digital photos directly to TourneyX via web browser or app on a smart phone.
      • Competitors unable to upload photos directly to Tourney X must be in the Tournament HQ Photo Upload line no later than 2:30 P.M. on Competition Days.
      • For manual upload, Competitor must upload photos to staff via text or email.
    15. Scoring: Event ranking will be determined by the score (length) of all photos beside each Competitor’s name on the NRS Leader Board when judging and official review have concluded.
    16. Competition Hours: Sunrise in Guntersville on October 7 will be at 6:45 A.M. CDT. Competition start times were established as approximately a half-hour before sunrise. All times below are Central Daylight Time (CDT).
      Tuesday 10/6
      • 1
      :00 pm–6:00 pm: Competitor sign-in at Tournament HQ
      • 3:00 pm:
      Prefishing on Eligible Water ends.
      • 7:00 pm: Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ. Lifetime Members only on-site; all others live-streamed. Viewing is mandatory, either live or as recording.
      DAY 1, Wednesday 10/7
      • 5:00 a.m.–5:30 a.m.:
      Late arrival sign-in and Captains Meeting (Lobby, by fireplace at Tournament HQ)
      • 6:00 a.m.: Earliest Launch Time. Check In on TourneyX Pro App. Anglers may arrive at launch site, prepare gear, launch watercraft and float just offshore but must not go under way or leave launch site before this time.
      6:30 a.m.: Competition Start Time/Lines-in. (Anglers may go under way and depart launch site at 6:00 a.m., but no lines in water until 6:30 a.m.)
      • 6:45 a.m.: Sunrise
      2:30 p.m.: Competition End Time/Lines-out. Check-out on TourneyX Pro App. (No on-site check-in on Wednesday afternoon.)
      • 2:30 pm–3:30 p.m.: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ, in lobby; must be in line by 2:30 p.m
      • 3:30 p.m.: Photo upload deadline and TourneyX Check Out Deadline
      • 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Top 10 competitors in each event will be notified by text to report to Tournament HQ for interviews. Competitors may be notified by text to come to Tournament HQ for polygraph tests for cause, by ranking or at random.
      • 7:00 p.m. : Live-stream Tournament update meeting from the Ballroom streamed live to all competitors.
      (See 2020 KBF Championships for further event details and daily event schedules)
      DAY 2, Thursday 10/8
      • 6:00 a.m.: Earliest Launch Time. Check-in on TourneyX Pro App. Anglers may arrive at launch site, prepare gear, launch watercraft and float just offshore but must not go under way or leave launch site before this time.
      6:30 a.m.: Competition Start Time/Lines-in. (Anglers may go under way and depart launch site at 6:00 a.m., but no lines in water until 6:30 a.m.)
      • 6:45 a.m.: Sunrise
      2:30 p.m.: Competition End Time/Lines-out. Check-out on TourneyX Pro App.
      • 2:30 pm–3:30 p.m.: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ, in lobby; must be in line by 2:30 p.m
      • 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Competitors may be notified by text to come to Tournament HQ for polygraph tests for cause, by ranking or at random.
      • 3:30 p.m.: Photo upload deadline and TourneyX Check Out Deadline
      • 7:00 p.m.:
      Live-stream Tournament update and Night of Champion Awards to be streamed live.  (Competitors that receive a text to report to the Grand View Ballroom will need to be present for the Awards)
      (See 2020 KBF Championships for further event details and daily event schedules)
    17. Cash Prizes
      • 100% Payout of Net Entry Fees (gross Entry Fees less TourneyX and PayPal fees), plus…
      • Hold-back fund
       accumulated throughout the 2020 Challenge Series season, plus
      • Cut-line Award
      $5 from the dues of each 2020 KBF Ambassador Member goes into a “Cut-line Award” fund. This will be equally divided among the top 20 who, taking into account their top four Challenge finishes from 10/1/2019 to 9/30/2020, achieved a total of 2,000 Challenge Points or more (the “Cut-line”). For example, if there are a thousand 2020 Ambassador Members by 10/6/2020, then $5,000 will be divided 20 ways, and each of the top 20 Cut-line Qualifiers will receive $250. If there are 2,000 Ambassador Members by that date, the award doubles to $500 each.
    18. 2020 AOY Points: 2020 KBF Angler of the Year points are not awarded at this event.
    19. Qualification Opportunities 
      • 2021 Dee Zee KBF The TEN — The 2020 Challenge Series AOY earns a spot on The TEN 2021 roster.
      • 2021 Dee Zee KBF TENvitational — 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place are invited to compete in the 2021 TENvitational.
      • 2021 KBF National Championship — Top 10%, minimum 25 qualify for next year’s KBFNC
      Note: Qualifications do not roll down if awarded to a competitor who has already qualified.
    20. Cash and Prize Distributions
      • Dispute Period: All standings and awards are considered preliminary until finalized. Within 24 hours after the Tournament Director’s announcement of preliminary results, Competitors may dispute the results. When the Dispute Period has passed and all disputes have been resolved, prizes, bonuses, KBFNC qualifications are finalized and posted on the KBF Website. Cash prizes are then distributed via PayPal Funds Transfer using the email address provided by Competitor during event registration.
      • Competitors whose KBF annual winnings are $600 or more will be required to complete, sign, and submit by hand or email an IRS FORM W-9 to KBF Accounting before distribution of prizes and bonuses.
    21. Conditions of Participation: By registering for this KBF-sanctioned event, each competitor affirms he has read, understands, and agrees to abide by KBF Competition Rules, comprised of the rules, terms, conditions, and standards presented in this page and the “KBF Competition Rules Standards,” including a “Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement” and a “Name and Likeness Release.” KBF Rules are authoritative, taking precedence over all information presented in social media, TMS, and other information sources.SPONSORS
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Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge
1155 Lodge Dr
Guntersville, AL 35976 United States
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