COVID-19 ISOLATION ORDERS, ACCESS TO ELIGIBLE WATERS AND KBF CHALLENGES
Lake or park closures and travel restrictions are being imposed in efforts to moderate the impacts of COVID-19. These are affecting where and how we’re able to engage with the kayak fishing community and engage in our sport.
In some areas, all access to public water has been blocked. In others, only certain public-access points or specific bodies of water are temporarily closed.
IMPLICATIONS FOR KBF CHALLENGES
KBF will continue to post Challenges, as scheduled. KBF State Challenges for any state or multi-state group that fails to field five registrants as of April 1 will be cancelled, and all registrants’ entry fees refunded.
Each prospective competitor is responsible for researching, understanding, and abiding by pertinent fishing and boating regulations. Unfortunately, KBF does not have the staffing or resources to research, interpret, and post about the rapidly changing executive orders and regulations for 40+ states. We rely on KBF Members to track what’s happening on their home state waters and decide to register or not, remain or withdraw, and we proceed or cancel Challenges based on their decisions.
DECIDING TO REGISTER
If one feels that access to a state’s eligible water has been curtailed to the extent that competitive fishing is unfeasible or impossible, or would possibly be in violation of interim restrictions, then he should not register for that state’s or region’s KBF Challenge. If a neighboring state still permits access, consider registering for that Challenge instead.
Those who have already registered may request refunds using the Event Withdraw/Refund Request form (https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/refund/) on the KBF Website. All registrants who submit requests using that form up until 6:00 p.m. CDT today, March 31, will receive a full refund.
KBF Members may also transfer a registration to another state or roll it forward to the May Challenge in the same state by using the same online form. Click the checkbox beside “Other Request” and explain below.
Launching at public-access points onto public-access water is one of the foundations of KBF Competition Rules. Ownership or regulatory authority of those launch points or water is not and has never been an issue. KBF competition takes place on waters owned, maintained, or overseen by individuals, companies, utilities, federal agencies, branches of the US military, municipalities, counties and parishes, and states.
Competitors are, as always, responsible for accessing, understanding, and abiding by fishing and boating regulations for waters on which he chooses to compete. While KBF may provide general guidelines from time to time, we don’t have the staffing or resources to research and communicate ever-changing regulations for 40+ states and innumerable communities, preserves, parks, businesses, and individuals who control public access. We rely on each competitor to assess opportunities and restrictions, conduct his own risk/rewards or cost/benefit analysis, and make a decision to compete or not.
We appreciate your participation and continued support as we walk together through this current crisis, and we look forward to a time in the near future when the restrictions will be eased, and we can one more engage fully in the sport we share.