Dee Zee FLW/KBF Open at Nickajack Lake Presented by YakAttack

  • Sponsors: Dee Zee Quality Truck Accessories, YakAttack, FishUSA, Bass Pro Shops, Jackson Kayak, Bonafide Kayaks, Dakota Lithium, Polaris, and B&W Trailer Hitches
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  • Two days: Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5, 2019, in conjunction with the May 2-5, 2019, FLW Tour stop on Lake Chickamauga
  • Nickajack Lake, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Hosted by Fish Dayton and Fish Lake Chickamauga
  • Full field competes both days
  • Top 100 in rank qualify to for the August 9-10 FLW/KBF Cup in Hot Springs, AR.
  • Top 20 get Entry Fees waived for that FLW/KBF Cup tournament.
  • 2020 KBF National Championship Qualifications will be awarded to KBF Members in the top 10% of field, minimum five.
  • Entry Fee: $200 per person (one per watercraft), 25% of proceeds rolling over to the FLW/KBF Cup
  • Competitors must be:
     – 2019 FLW Competitor Member
  • Competitors must be 18 years of age or older.

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KOROSTETSKYI WINS DEE ZEE FLW-KBF KAYAK OPENMay 5, 2019  by FLW Communications: Michigan’s Bogdan Korostetskyi Wins Dee Zee FLW-KBF Kayak open at Nickajack Lake Presented by YakAttack

DAYTON, Tenn. – By just a slim 2-inch margin, 23-year-old Michigan angler Bogdan Korostetskyi, won the inaugural Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open at Nickajack Lake presented by YakAttack Sunday after catching a two-day total of 174.25 inches of bass. For his win, Korostetskyi earned $5,000 and added a $2,500 Dee Zee gift card for being the highest-finishing angler in the Dee Zee contingency program.

During practice, Korostetskyi, a college student in Michigan who was born in Ukraine, said he struggled to find a consistent bite anywhere but on the bank, but he didn’t want to focus his tournament where he was afraid most of the 103 anglers in the field would be fishing. Eventually, he tracked down a couple of grassy offshore humps. [Read more]

DEE ZEE FLW-KBF Open ANGLR RecapANGLR – Mike Cheatham: 2019 FLW-KBF Open – Nickajack Lake Recap

The inaugural Dee Zee KBF/FLW professional kayak bass fishing tournament presented by YakAttack was held on Nickajack Lake in Tennessee on May 3-4th. 103 anglers representing 23 states launched at various points between Chickamauga Dam and Nickajack Dam hoping to win, or at least qualify for the KBF/FLW pairing at the Forest Wood Cup to be held in Arkansas on August 9-11th.

The top twenty anglers not only qualified, but had their tournament fees waived for the upcoming event.

Chad Hoover, the man behind KBF, brought the event together in conjunction with an FLW tournament held on Chickamauga. It was the culmination of a vision, lots of hard work and the determination of Chad and his team; allowing kayakers to appear on a larger stage than ever before, reaching a much wider audience. It was the first time many of the anglers had been exposed to a professional tournament and the crowd that comes to see the weigh-ins. {Read more]

FLW – KBF Joining Forces

Propelling Professional Kayak Fishing into the National Spotlight

Press Release, March 11, 2019 – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that it has partnered with Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC, (KBF) the nation’s foremost organization supporting kayak bass anglers, to hold two kayak bass fishing tournaments in 2019. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The two events will be held in conjunction with FLW Tour events – the FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga and the FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton – on nearby fisheries to offer kayak anglers and tour pros separate fisheries for competition. KBF will manage operation of the two events, and the winners will be recognized on the FLW Tour stage and featured in FLW’s media outlets.

“Kayak fishing has become incredibly popular in recent years and continues to grow,” said Dave Washburn, FLW Vice President of Operations. “We are excited to work with KBF as the kayak-fishing community leader to elevate the sport to new highs with tournaments offering over 100 percent payouts through the course of the season and the biggest media platform available to kayak anglers.”

The first event, the FLW/KBF Open, will be hosted by Fish Dayton and Fish Lake Chickamauga May 4-5, 2019, on Nickajack Lake. Entry fee for the event is $200 per kayak, and the top 100 anglers will qualify to compete in the second event, the FLW/KBF Cup in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Of these 100 qualifiers, the top 20 receive free entry. All other qualifiers pay a $500 entry fee. The FLW/KBF Cup will be held Aug. 8-10, 2019 (kayak competition August 8–9 only), on a lake to be announced in conjunction with the Aug 9-11 FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton.

“We are excited to partner with FLW to take competitive kayak fishing to the next level and offer better exposure to our top anglers and their accomplishments,” said Chad Hoover, KBF President.

Anglers can register for the FLW/KBF Open at Watch for additional details on both and

KBF was formed in 2009 to offer kayak anglers the opportunity to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at premier fisheries around the country. Currently in its seventh season for live events, KBF offers more than 25 professional-level bass-fishing tournaments to kayak anglers. For complete KBF details, schedules and updated information, visit

For complete details and updated information about FLW, visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.


Who can register and compete in the FLW/KBF Open?

2019 FLW Competitor Members and KBF Pro Tour Competitors 18 years of age and older are eligible to compete in this event.

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What does it cost to become eligible to compete?

Not counting the $200 entry fee (FLW/KBF Open) or $500 entry fee (FLW/KBF Cup), it costs either $300 (KBF) of $75 (FLW).

FLW Competitor Membership is $75 per year. [Join FLW]

KBF Pro Tour Registration (which includes FLW Competitor Membership) is $250, and to register, one must be a KBF Competitor Member or KBF Lifetime Member.  [Join KBF] [Register for KBF Pro Tour]

Why register for the KBF Pro Tour, since it's more expensive?

KBF Pro Tour Registration makes one eligible to sign up and compete in 25 KBF Pro Tour Tournaments (not counting the FLW/KBF Open and Cup), and the KBF Pro Tour Championship. More opportunities to win, to create a reputation, build a resume, and attract sponsors.

If all you want to do is compete in the FLW/KBF Open and, possible, the FLW/KBF Cup, then  FLW Competitor Membership at $75 is a better value for you.

What does an FLW Member pay for KBF Pro Tour Registration?

FLW Competitor Members save $75 on KBF Pro Tour Registration. so the normal fee of $250 is $175 for FLW Members. Use the discount code “FLW” when you register. Your registration will be processed, and then KBF sends the information to FLW for membership confirmation. If FLW finds no record of current FLW Competitor Membership, then KBF will get back with you to offer the options:

  1. Join FLW for $75 and provide membership info to KBF
  2. Pay $75 to KBF, which it will turn over to FLW to set up your FLW membership
  3. Cancel the registration and provide a full refund.

Be aware that KBF Competitor or Lifetime Membership is a prerequisite for KBF Pro Tour Registration. The annual dues for KBF Competitor Membership are $25 (Student), $45 (Military/Vet), or $50 (full price).

Dee Zee FLW-KBF Cup Presented by YakAttack

Read about the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup Presented by YakAttack near Hot Springs, AR


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