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2020 KBF National Championship

April 2, 2020 - April 4, 2020

$300
2020 KBF National Championship

The Marshall County Conventions & Visitor’s Bureau welcomes KBF Members to Lake Guntersville, Alabama for three days of high-stakes competition. The 2020 YakAttack Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship, presented by Torqeedo, is the top freshwater kayak fishing tournament in the world with the largest payout, most bonuses, and the stiffest national-level competition in the Kayak Bass Fishing nation.

Event Rules Addendum
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  1. Format: This is a three-day CPR tournament with reduction in field for Day 3. 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 (Thursday), Day 2 (Friday) and Day 3 (Saturday). 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. Venue Hosts: Marshall County Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Guntersville, Alabama
  3. Tournament Director:
    • Name: Joe Haubenreich, KBF Chief Operations Officer
    • Cell: 615-456-7123 (cell)
    • Email: joe@kayakbassfishing.com
  4. Tournament HQ: Guntersville Parks & Recreation Center, 1500 Sunset Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976. Phone: (256) 571-7590
  5. Eligibility: Competitors in this event must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    •  KBF Lifetime Member or a 2019 or 2020 KBF Annual Member during the 2019 calendar year
    • Qualified through KBF-sanctioned competition or KBF Partner awards
    • Registered and completed Entry Fee payment by March 16, 2020 (See Entry Fees, below.)
    • KBF Membership (2020 KBF Competitor Member or KBF Lifetime Member) dues paid no later than Event Check-in on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. [Info] [Join]
  6. Entry Fees:
    • Entry Fee through 12/31/2019: $300
    • Entry Fee 1/1/2020-1/31/2020: $400
    • Entry Fee 1/2/2020-2/29/2020: $500
    • Entry Fee 3/1/2020-3/16/2020: $600
    • Registration deadline: 11:59 P.M. March 16, 2020
  7. Entry Fee, Procedures & Deadline
    • Sign up and pay the KBFNC Entry Fee through the TourneyX Tournament Management System. [Register]• Entry Fee through 12/31/2019: $300
      • Entry Fee 1/1/2020-1/31/2020: $400
      • Entry Fee 1/2/2020-2/29/2020: $500
      • Entry Fee 3/1/2020-3/16/2020: $600
      • Registration deadline: 11:59 P.M. March 16, 2020
    • KBFNC Competitors are eligible to compete in an optional, concurrent 3-day KBF Big Bass Brawl. To enter, pay the $100 KBF BONUS BUCKS KBFNC/Big Bass Brawl registration fee by selecting KBF BONUS BUCKS-KBFNC in the KBF Online Store.
  8. Entry Fee Refunds: Email requests for Entry Fee refunds to the Tournament Director (above).
    • Requests received by January 3, 2020 (90 days or more prior to Start of Competition) will result in a 100% refund.
    • Requests received January 4 – February 2, 2020 (60-89 days prior to Start of Competition) will result in a 90% refund.
    • Requests received February 2 – March 3, 2020 (30-59 days prior to Start of Competition) will result in a 75% refund.
    • No refunds will be approved for requests received after March 3, 2020 (30 days prior to Start of Competition).
  9. Competitor Event Check-in: All competitors must sign in at the Event HQ Check-in Station between 2 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 1. Check-in will resume following the 6:00 p.m. pre-tournament briefing (Captains Meeting). Late arrivals check-in and briefing will take place at 5;00 a.m. Thursday, April 2. Participants are not eligible for competition until they have checked in and obtained the Identifier Card.
  10. Captains Meetings:
    • Wednesday, April 1, 6:00 p.m.: Pre-tournament Briefing at Tournament HQ
    • Thursday April 2, 5:00 a.m.: Pre-tournament Briefing for late arrivals at Tournament HQ.
    • Thursday, April 2, 6:00 p.m.: Day 1 Captains Meeting;  distribute Day 2 Identifier Cards.
    • Friday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.: Day 2 Captains Meeting to announce Top Team Cup Challenge winners and Top 100 advancing to Day 3 KBFNC competition; distribute Day 3 Identifier Cards.
    • Saturday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
  11. Event ID Card: KBF will distribute Event ID Cards at the Captains Meeting on Thursday (or late arrivals’ meeting Friday morning).
  12. Event ID Code
    • Event ID Codes will not be used for the KBF National Championship; instead, unique KBF ID Cards will be distributed for each day.
    • Competitors will receive Thursday’s Event Identifier Card at the Pre-tournament Briefing (Captains Meeting) Wednesday evening or (for late arrivals) on Thursday morning.
    • Day 2 Event Identifier Cards will be distributed at the Thursday Captains Meeting.
    • Day 3 Event Identifier Card will be distributed to the Top 100 at the Friday Captains Meeting.
    • On Day 3, Competitors outside of the Top 100 cut may still compete in the Big Bass Brawl and will be provided with standard KBF Identifier Cards and a three-character Event ID Code. Top 100 Identifier Cards will also count for the Big Bass Brawl.
    • Every photo must include the correct day’s KBF Identifier Card (and Event ID Code, for Day 3 Competitors fishing the Big Bass Brawl only).
  13. Eligible Water and 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.
    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.
  14. Competition Hours: Sunrise in Guntersville on April 3 will be at 6:30 A.M. CDT. Competition start times were established as approximately a half-hour before sunrise. All times below are Central Daylight Time (CDT).
    • Wednesday 4/1
      • 3:00 pm–6:00 pm:
      KBFNC EXPO for Competitors & Sponsors
      • 2:00 pm–6:00 pm: Competitor check-in, Tournament HQ
      • 2:00 pm–8:00 pm: Food trucks on premises
      • 3:00 pm:
      Prefishing on Eligible Water ends.
      • 3:00 pm–5:45 pm: Lifetime Members Lounge open (appetizers at 4:00 pm)
      6:00 pm: Mandatory Captains Meeting at Tournament HQ, with distribution of Day 1 Identifier Cards
      ~7:00 pm: Event Check-in will resume following Captains Meeting.
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    • Thursday 4/2
      • 5:00 am–5:30 am:
      Late arrival check-in and pre-competition briefing (Lobby, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs)
      • 5:30 a.m.: Earliest Launch Time. Anglers may arrive at launch site, set their boat at waters edge, and prepare their gear earlier but may not launch out onto the water before this time.
      6:00 a.m.: Competition Start Time/Lines-in. Anglers may be on Eligible water at 5:30 a.m., but no lines in water until 6:00 a.m.
      • 6:30 am: Sunrise
      • 12:00 pm–6:00 pm: KBFNC EXPO Open to Public
      • 2:00 pm–3:30 pm: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ, in lobby; must be in line by 2:00
      • 2:00 pm–8:00 pm: Food trucks on premises
      2:00 p.m.: Competition End Time/Lines-out
      • 3:00 pm–6:00 pm: Check-in at Tournament HQ Competitors may be selected to take polygraph tests for cause, by ranking, or at random
      • 3:00 pm–5:45 pm: Lifetime Members Lounge open (appetizers at 4:00 pm)
      • 3:00 pm: Photo submission deadline
      • 6:00 pm
      : Captains meeting, Day 2 Identifier Cards Distributed
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    • Friday 4/3
      5:30 a.m.: Earliest Launch Time. Anglers may arrive at launch site, set their boat at waters edge, and prepare their gear earlier but may not launch out onto the water before this time.
      6:00 a.m.: Competition Start Time/Lines-in. Anglers may be on Eligible water at 5:30 a.m., but no lines in water until 6:00 a.m.
      • 6:30 am: Sunrise
      • 12:00 pm–6:00 pm: KBFNC EXPO Open to Public
      • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ, in lobby; must be in line by 2:00
      • 2:00 pm–8:00 pm: Food trucks on premises
      2:00 p.m.: Competition End Time/Lines-out
      • 3:00 pm–6:00 pm: Check-in at Tournament HQ Competitors may be selected to take polygraph tests for cause, by ranking, or at random
      • 3:00 pm–5:45 pm: Lifetime Members Lounge open (appetizers at 4:00 pm)
      • 3:00 pm: Photo submission deadline
      • 6:00 pm
      : Captains meeting, Top 100 announced, Day 3 Identifier Cards Distributed
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    • Saturday 4/4
      • 5:00 a.m.:
       Earliest Launch Time. Anglers may arrive at launch site, set their boat at waters edge, and prepare their gear earlier but may not launch out onto the water before this time.
      6:00 a.m.: Competition Start Time/Lines-in. Anglers may be on Eligible water at 6:00 a.m., but no lines in water until 6:30 a.m.
      • 6:29 am: Sunrise
      • 10:00 pm–6:00 pm: KBFNC EXPO Open to Public
      • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm: Photo assistance/manual uploads at HQ, in lobby; must be in line by 2:00
      • 2:00 pm–8:00 pm: Food trucks on premises
      2:00 p.m.: Competition End Time/Lines-out
      • 3:00 pm–6:00 pm: Check-in at Tournament HQ. Competitors may be selected to take polygraph tests for cause, by ranking, or at random
      • 3:00 pm–5:45 pm: Lifetime Members Lounge open (appetizers at 4:00 pm)
      • 3:00 pm: Photo submission deadline:
      • 7:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony. Competitors must be present to win door prizes, but are not required to be present to win KBFNC Cash Prizes and BONUS BUCKS.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 3:00 P.M. on Competition Days.
    • For manual upload, Competitor must surrender to Tournament Staff his smart phone or camera and USB cable, which will be made available after uploading for retrieval by Competitors. (Note: Photo selection and upload is expedited, and risk of losing family photos is mitigated, if Competitor uses a camera memory card that has only Competition photos.)
  17. 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.
  18. Cash Prizes
    • Prize purse distributions are rounded to the nearest dollar amount.
    • 10% of field payout—one cash prize is paid for every ten registrants.
    • The guaranteed first place prize is $50,000. Total amounts and numbers of places paid out will vary with the number of registrations, but roughly one place will pay out for every 10 registrations.
  19. KBF BONUS BUCKS (“KBF BONUS BUCKS,” KBF’s contingency awards program) and the KBFNC Big Bass Brawl have been combined with a single registration fee.
    • Competitors who meet eligibility requirements may win KBF BONUS BUCKS ranging from $100 to $5,000
    • To be eligible, Competitor must enroll in BONUS BUCKS-KBFNC no later than Wednesday 11:59 P.M., April 1, 2020. [Info] {Register]
    • Bonuses are paid in addition to Cash Prizes.
    • Bonus roll-downs will occur in some cases, but possibly at a lower amount. See BONUS BUCKS chart.
    • Sponsors establish BONUS BUCKS eligibility requirements; usually requiring winners to own and use their products. These 2019 bonuses (plus more) are expected again for 2020:
  20. KBF Big Bass Brawl—All who register for the BONUS BUCKS-KBFNC & Big Bass Brawl are eligible to in hourly big bass prizes.
    • Prizes are based on the scores of photos submitted by Big Bass Brawl Competitors. A 25.25″ bass penalized 1″ for open mouth will be scored 24.25″ and may be beat out in the Brawl by a 24.50″ bass with no deductions.
    • Ties are broken based on upload time stamps.
    • One Big Bass prize is awarded per hour on Days 1 and 2.
    • Two Big Bass prizes are awarded per hour on Day 3.
    • Hourly Big Bass prizes are $100 except for the Golden Hour—the first hour of each day—when they are $200.
    • The same Competitor can win multiple hourly Big Bass prizes—even two per hour on Day 3.
    • Daily Big Bass winners on Day 1 and Day 2 receive $1,000.
    • On Day 3 the top three receive cash awards: $3,000 for First, $2,000 for Second, and $1,000 for Third
    • Another $4,000 will be awarded for the Overall Event Biggest Bass—the highest-scored photo by a Big Bass Brawl Competitor of the entire 3-day Championship period.
      2019 KBFNC Big Bass Brawl Payout
  21. 2020 AOY Points: KBF Angler of the Year points are not awarded at this event.
  22. 2021 KBF National Championship Qualification
    • 2021 KBFNC Qualifications will be awarded to the top 20 Competitors by rank.
    • If Competitor has previously qualified, the award does not roll down.
  23. Cash and Prize Distributions
    • Dispute Period: 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 this page. 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.
  24. 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.

Notes

  1. MILITARY QUALIFICATION DEFERMENT—A member of the US or Canadian Military who qualifies to compete in a KBF National Championship may receive orders to deploy at a time that prevents him from participating. His qualification will be deferred to the following year.

 

Venue

Guntersville Parks & Recreation Center
1500 Sunset Dr
Guntersville, AL 35976 United States
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Phone:
(256) 571-7590
Website:
https://guntersvilleal.org/departments/parks-recreation/