North Alabama will host the 2024 Yak Attack Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship powered by Dakota Lithium Batteries in two weeks.  The 2024 tournament marks the return of the first major, professional kayak bass fishing event in the sport’s history: the KBF National Championship introduced our sport to the media, the fishing industry, and the world, sparking a revolution that has continued in the fifteen years since KBF was founded in 2009.

Careers have been born from the championship, and legends made. Every branch of the family tree of tournament kayak bass fishing connects in some way to the event.

The tournament has been held on an annual basis since 2016 (although some argue that the KBF Open, held on Kentucky Lake in 2015, was the unofficial “first” event). After a pause in 2023 in order to reset the event to a spring schedule, the Yak Attack KBF National Championship powered by Dakota Lithium Batteries will be held on Lakes Wheeler and Guntersville on April 3-5, 2024, when the iconic event will write a new chapter in its history.

The Anglers

More than 2,500 anglers have registered for and competed in seven KBF National Championship events. There have been seven KBF National Championships, and they are

Matt Ball (OH) 2016 Champion

Kurt Smits (OH) 2017 Champion

Dwayne Taff (TX) 2018 Champion

Mike Elsea (IN) 2019 Champion

Matthew Conant (MA) 2020 Champion

Guillermo Gonzalez (TX) 2021 Champion

Rus Snyders (TN), 2022 Champion

2019 KBF National Champion Mike Elsea

The Places

In order to provide event access to anglers from all over the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the KBF National Championship has rotated between three places over the years Those places are listed below.

2016: Kentucky Lake (Paris, TN)

2017: Kentucky Lake (Paris, TN)

2018: Kentucky Lake (Paris, TN)

2019: Multi-Lake (Shreveport-Bossier City, LA)

2020: Lake Guntersville (Scottsboro, AL)

2021: Multi-Lake (Shreveport-Bossier City, LA)

2022: Kentucky Lake (Paris, TN)

2024: Wheeler/Guntersville (Huntsville, AL)

The Formats

The Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship has changed over the years, adopting new technologies and expanding its format over the years.

The 2016 KBF National Championship was determined by an angler’s top five fish over a two day event (3/2).

The 2017 KBF National Championship was determined by an angler’s top ten fish over a two day span (5/5)

The 2018 KBF National Championship was determined by an angler’s top ten fish over a two day span (5/5)

Since 2019, the KBF National Championship has been a three day long event, determined by an angler’s top five fish per day, and only the top 100 fish on the third day of competition.

Big Bass

In “Trophy Case,” KBF competitors tell the stories of the biggest bass ever caught during or in practice for the KBF National Championship.

Full article: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/trophy-case-big-bass-back-stories-from-the-kbf-national-championships/

The biggest bass caught during the championship is a 25.25,” by Armanzo Saucedo.

The Stories

Kayak Bass Fishing has compiled tournament recaps, oral histories and other materials from the various national championships, including extensive video footage and an archive of photographs.

For a recap of the 2016 KBF National Championship, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/the-first-big-stage-a-look-back-at-the-2016-kayak-bass-fishing-national-championship/

For a recap of the 2017 KBF National Championship, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kentucky-lake-2-0-a-look-back-at-the-2017-kayak-bass-fishing-national-championship/

For a recap of the 2018 KBF National Championship, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/ketch-boards-cheetos-and-snow-a-look-back-at-the-2018-kayak-bass-fishing-national-championship/

For a recap of the 2019 KBF National Championship, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/five-years-later-the-2019-kayak-bass-fishing-national-championship/

For an interview with the 2020 KBF National Champion Matt Conant, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/matthew-conant-2020-kbf-national-champion/

For a recap of the 2021 KBF National Championship, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/2021-kbf-championships-recap/

For a recap of the 2022 KBF National Championship, go to: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/recap-the-2022-yak-attack-kayak-bass-fishing-national-championship/

Additional Info

For more videos, tournament recaps and photographs, visit: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/resources/kbf-national-championships-2016-2021/

To register for the 2024 KBF National Championship, go to: https://app.fishingchaos.com/tournament/XySmBRQr6RbyAF0mkURX

First Published March 19, 2024. The author of this article was not assisted in any way by AI or machine learning in the composition of it.

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