2019 Kayak Bass Fishing ANGLR of the YEAR

KBF Members' AOY Program Details

Jay Wallen (KY)
2016 KBF AOY

Jamie Denison (NC)
2017 KBF AOY

William Son (KY)
2017 KBF ROY

Cody Milton (AR)
2018 KBF AOY

Joe D’Addeo (NH)
2018 KBF ROY

In 2019, KBF will recognize Anglers of the Year in three series:

  • KBF TRAIL Series (National AOY and ROY plus Regional AOY)
  • KBF State & Regional Challenge Series (AOY state & regional)
  • KBF Redfish Challenge Series (divisional and national AOY)

This page describes how one earns Points and gives a general idea of what it will take to win the 2019 titles in those three series.

KBF Series Max Points Decrement Participation Registration Max # Events Max # Points
TRAIL 600 5 ≥ 120 60 5 3,600
S/RTRAIL 600 5 ≥ 120 60 5 3.000
Redfish Chlg 600 5 ≥ 60 60 5 3,000


TRAIL Series

Angling technology leader ANGLR is the name sponsor for the 2019 KBF “ANGLR of the Year” race, which identifies KBF’s kayak angling competition leader. 

ANGLR of the Year Eligibility

  • Only 2019 KBF Competitor and KBF Lifetime Members may earn ANGLR of the Year earn points in the KBF TRAIL Series.
  • Points are awarded for registering and competing in KBF-sanctioned KBF TRAIL Series tournaments.
  • Competitor must have paid his KBF Membership Dues no later than the day before start-of-competition. Joining KBF on the day of an event is too late.

ROY Eligibility

  • Limited to 2019 KBF Competitor and KBF Lifetime Members who have not participated in KBF Competition prior to the 2019 Season.

Points Awards

  • The Maximum AOY Points awarded for the highest ranking KBF Member in a KBF TRAIL Series tournament is 600.
  • Up to 600 AOY Points are also awarded at each Regional Final.
  • AOY Points, to a maximum of 1,200, will also be awarded at the KBF TRAIL Series Championship on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin in October.
  • Each KBF Member down the ranks will be awarded a successively lower number of AOY Points. The “decrement” is five (5) points per step in rank. First place earns 600 points, second place 595, third 590, and so on down to 120 points, the minimum earned by “Active Participants.” (“Active” is defined as competitors who demonstrated by submission of a photo taken in the competition area, even if of an empty Measuring Board with Identifier.

Scoring — KBF Members’ AOY Points Total is the sum of their points from their:

  • Top three (3) KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments scores (maximum 600 each, total 1,800 from three events), plus
  • Top score from any KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final (maximum 600), plus
  • Score from the KBF TRAIL Series National Championship (maximum 1,200).
  • AOY Points awards are not final until the end of the Dispute Period during which protests submitted by competitors are reviewed and, in some cases, resolved with a change in both rank and AOY scores.
  • Scores are reported on the KBF Rosters and Rankings Page after all disputes have been resolved.

Ties — January 2020 meeting of The TEN will serve as a tie-breaker for first place, should one occur.


  • The 2019 KBF ANGLR of the Year will meet the nine other top-ranked KBF Members in The TEN, a battle of KBF AOY points leaders.
  • AOY and ROY will also receive invitations to fish in the KBF TENvitational in future years.

Challenge Series

Challenge Points: At each KBF Challenge, Points are awarded, ranging from a maximum of 600 to a minimum of 120 (for active participants) or 60 (for non-participating registrants), dropping 5 points from one place in rank to the next.

Points from one’s top three KBF Challenges plus the KBF Challenge Series Championship (four scores in all) make up a KBF Member’s Challenge Points score.

The maximum possible points, at 600 per event and 1,200 at the Championship, is 3,000. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship.

Challenge Points are the basis for 2019 KBF Challenge Angler of the Year and 2019 KBF Challenge Rookie of the Year awards. State and Regional Challenge Anglers of the Year will also receive recognition.

KBF Challenge Points also are part of the equation used to identify KBF Members who will be invited to compete in the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship, which will be held October 18-19 on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin (same time and place as the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Championship).

  • The top 5 residents of each state and province based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three events (regardless of the state/province in which they were earned) will be invited to compete in the Series Championship.
  • The top 50 residents of each KBF Region (all Canada is included in Central Region) based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three events (regardless of the region in which they were earned) will also be invited, if not already qualified.
  • Finally, all KBF Members whose 3-event Challenge Points total is 1,700 or more (the “cut-line”) will be invited to compete.

If additional competitors are needed to fill the roster, then the remainder of field will be filled based on national KBF Challenge Points ranking.

Note: If a KBF Member has already qualified by winning a Challenge Series Event, or by Challenge Points rank in either state/province or region, qualifying positions do not roll down within the state, province or region. When qualified competitors decline Championship invitations, their positions go to others based on nationwide Challenge Points ranking. KBF Members will be skipped only if they have informed the Series Director in advance that they are unable or choose not to participate and will decline if invited. If one knows he cannot participate, keeps quiet, accepts an invitation and then declines, that position will be lost in the state/province or region; it will not roll down.

Redfish Challenge Series

Angler of the Year — Competitors receive up to 600 KBF Redfish Challenge Points at each Challenge and up to 1,200 Points in the Championship. The number of Points awarded to each competitor drops by 8 or less at each step in rank, the decrement being determined by number of registrants. Points from each competitor’s three best Challenges (plus Championship Points) are added together to determine final AOY ranking. Points awarded are reported about 48 hours after end-of-competition on the Challenge’s KBF Calendar Events Page (above the Rules Addendum), and series AOY points tallies and ranking appear as a PDF posted on this page.

Divisional Anglers of the Year receive checks for $500 at the Championship. Since 2019 is the series’ inaugural season, there will be no Rookie of the Year award. Divisional AOY first place ties will be broken based on Championship ranking. For example, if two competitors in the Gulf Division end the 2019 series tied for the top spot with the maximum 18,000 Challenge Points, the one who ranks highest at the Championship will be named Divisional AOY. Divisional Anglers of the Year will be recognized and receive their checks at the Championship. The 2019 KBF Redfish Challenge Angler of the Year will also be crowned at the Championship and receive a check for $2,000.

Click for 2018 AOY Ranking

Click for 2017 AOY Ranking

Click for 2016 AOY Ranking

Difference between Registering and Competing

As soon as you’ve launched your kayak onto competition waters, start every KBF-sanctioned competition by uploading to the Tournament Management System (“TMS”) a photo of an empty, approved measuring device (e.g., Hawg Trough) on your kayak with the correct identifier—exactly as you would a regular submission, but without a bass—and submit a score of 0.00″. Why?

  1. Doing so identifies you as an active participant rather than just a registrant. Without even catching a fish, the number of KBF AOY Points you will receive double.
  2. Registrants received thirty (30) “AOY Registration Points” for Challenges, sixty (60) for TRAIL Series Tournaments, and sixty (60) for KBF OPEN Tournaments. By uploading the 0.00″ no-bass photo, you merit sixty (60) “AOY Participant Points” for Challenges, 120 for TRAIL Series Tournaments, and 120 for KBF OPEN Tournaments.
  3. Going through the photo routine as soon as you’re on the water ensures your measuring board s onboard and intact, your camera is functional, and that you’re able to upload to the TMS app.
  4. Uploading a photo also ensures that your name appears on the TMS Leader Board. And that empty measuring board presents you an opportunity to promote a sponsor whose logo appears where a bass normally lies.
KBF AOY Participation Points Photo

Angler of the Year FAQ

If I register but cannot compete, do I get any points?


Yes, a minimum number of Registration Points are awarded to each person who signs up and pays the entry fee. So if you sign up for an OPEN Series Tournament, a TRAIL tournament, or a KBF State or National Challenge, pay the entry fee, and then do not attend, the minimum number of points for the event, AOY Registration Points, will be added to your total score (assuming you’ve not already capped-out for the category). That’s 30 AOY Points for Challenges, 60 for TRAIL Series, and 50 for KBF OPEN Series.

However, if you compete, you deserve more than the minimum AOY Registration Points, even if you catch no fish. To receive twice that minimum number of points, set up a photo exactly as you would had you caught a bass, but with no fish (empty Hawg Trough, KBF Identifier Form, kayak in background, etc.) and upload it with a score of 0.00″. That will give you  60 AOY Points for Challenges, 120 for TRAIL Series, and 100 for KBF OPEN Series.


Isn't earning AOY points just for registering like buying the buying Angler of the Year award?


KBF award a minimal number of points per event to every registrant, and while it’s possible that the number of points can affect one’s status in the top 100 (helping to secure a place in the KBF Challenge Championship), they will not contribute enough points to  have any impact on who ends up as Angler of the Year or on who ends up in The TEN.





KBF’s goal for its AOY program is engagement and participation. We urge everyone to compete in each event for which he signs up, but that doesn’t always work out. They helped ensure their state(s) passed the minimum number threshold and contributed to the prize pot, so we want to recognize their contributions and reward every Member who registered, even if they were unable to compete.


If I fish more than three TRAIL Series Tournaments, do my first 3 scores count or my top 3?

Fish as many TRAIL Series Tournaments as you wish, but only keep your top three scores. Events with lower scores will be culled, just like you cull shorter fish in a tournament.   

Are Challenge Points earned in monthly KBF State Challenges and Regional Challenges the same this year?

Yes,”Challenge Points” earned in monthly State Challenges or Regional Challenges count the same. All KBF Challenges award a maximum of 600 Angler of the Year Points, so the most anyone could possibly earn in three Challenges during the regular season is 1,800 Challenge Points. All State and Regional Challenges (bass) have each have the same $30 Entry Fee and the same KBF-NC awards and cash prize structure. (Redfish Challenge Series costs $50 to enter, but also awards 600 Redfish Challenge Points in best of three events leading up to the Redfish Challenge Series Championship.)

There are two classes of competition available to bass anglers: (a.) monthly KBF State Challenges and (b.) Regional Challenges. The final number of KBF State Challenges each month depends on registration numbers. For April, we will create a KBF State Challenge for each of the contiguous 48 US states. To hold the event, 10 or more KBF Members must register in each state. After some combining of states with fewer than the 10-registrant minimum, we may end up with 35 or so. A KBF Member may fish as many different of these as he likes; however, just his top two scores each month will count toward his AOY Point total. So if in April one fishes the GA, FL, and SC Challenges and earns 100, 94, and 20 points, respectively, then KBF will cull the lowest score (25 for SC) and keep the other two (GA 100 and FL 94), totaling 194 AOY Points. Since the State Challenges run from April through October (seven months), one can retain points from no more than fourteen KBF State Challenges. Special Challenges include the monthly KBF One Night Stand Challenges — our dusk-to-dawn competitions. 100 AOY Points max will be awarded at seven of those. KBF will schedule up to six other Challenges from April through October with names like: – “Back To Bed(ing bass) Challenge” in April; – “Momanem Challenge” around Mothers Day in May. (In the South, the polite inquiry, “How are your mother and the rest of your family?” is shortened to, “How’re yer Mama ‘n’ ’em?”); or – “Memories Challenge” around Memorial Day, at the end of May – “Me, Dad & Chad Challenge” to promote parent/child fishing for Fathers Day in June – “Freedom Rings Challenge” for Independence Day Challenge in July) – “Dog Days Challenge” in August – “Back-to-School(ing bass) Challenge” around Labor Day in September) – “Tricks & Treats Challenge” that wraps up the season in October  

How many Challenges can I fish, and how many will help my AOY Points score?

KBF imposes no limit on the number of Challenges for which a KBF Member may register. With around 220 Challenges scheduled for 2018, and your top five (4 state/1 national) counting in the AOY Race, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to maximize your AOY Points score.





No matter how many monthly State Challenges you sign up for or compete in, only your top two scoring events count. If you compete in three, four, five or more states in a given month, scores for all except the top two evaporate. Since these run March through October, you’ll have as many as seven x two (14) KBF State Challenges that can help you build up your AOY Points.

KBF will run seven One Night Stands, which KBF considers “Special Challenges” along with six or so other Challenges scattered throughout the season.

For the AOY Race, which includes opportunities to win a berth in The TEN, the maximum number of Challenges that one may count is 14. All fourteen of them can be State Challenges, of they can be a combination of State and Special Challenges.

For the 100 Challenge championship on Toledo Bend in November, up to 20 Challenge scores count. If you compete in State Challenges through six months (April through October) and keep your top two scores each month, that’s twelve (12). We’ll hold six more One Night Stands. Now you’re at 18. Throw in four or five other Special Challenges during those months and you’re at 21 or 22 Challenges…meaning that you can cull just a one or two scores, tops, to establish your points score that counts for the 100 Challenge Championship. That event takes place on Toledo Bend, concurrent with the “End on the Bend” KBF OPEN the first weekend in November. The October State Challenges wrap up only three or four days before you need to pack up and drive to Many, Louisiana for that.


Which AOY Points count toward an invitation to the KBF CHALLENGE Championship?


Only AOY Points earned in KBF Challenges determine who gets invited to compete in the KBF CHALLENGE Championship. Scores from each KBF Member’s top four State Challenges and top four National Challenges will count.


I think I earned more points than what you show in the totals column. Where did they go?


Several possibilities exist.






  1. Each category of competition has a points cap. It could be that you earned more points in a single category than the cap. If so, all points over the cap spill off and don’t contribute to your total.
  2. You assumed points not awarded. Not all competition provides points. For instance, KBF AOY Points were not awarded at KBF Members Only – Bienville Bassin’ in January. Refer to the Event page on this website and on TourneyX.
  3. Miscalculation. Check your points and tally them up again. First place gets the maximum for the event, second place fewer points, and each place below gets less.
  4. We might have goofed up. That happens sometimes, like when anglers changed the spelling of their name on their TourneyX account so our spreadsheets sort the points into two accounts rather than one, or we failed to award points where earned. If you think you’ve found a mistake, we’ll be happy to check and correct any errors. Email Joe Haubenreich at KBF, explain the discrepancy, and ask him to investigate.
Do KBF Partners distribute KBF AOY Points to their members this year?

No, not in 2018. In 2016 each KBF Partner organization had some points to distribute among its active members and/or event participants, but in 2017 and again this year all KBF AOY Points must be earned in KBF-sanctioned Challenges and Tournaments (KBF OPEN and TRAIL Series).

When is the 2018 KBF Angler of the Year race over?

The KBF AOY Points Race ends mid-November, following the Veterans Day Challenge.

When will the AOY and roster for The TEN be published?

Points will be verified by independent audit, and results announced the third week in November. We don’t want to rush through the process and make any mistakes but will publish the results as soon as we can.

What happens if someone ties for Angler of the Year?

A tie is not very likely considering how much time and travel would be required to achieve this feat.

But let’s acknowledge the possibility, anyway. KBF has a plan in case two or more angler max out with 6,000 points or the top two or more end up with exactly the same number of AOY Points. We will coordinate with those anglers to break the tie at The TEN in January. The winner of the fish-off would be crowned 2018 AOY.


What happens if one of The TEN or KBF Challenge Championship anglers cannot compete?

As soon as KBF is notified that a KBF Member invited to compete in The TEN cannot complete, his invitation will be rescinded and rolled down to the first alternate (eleventh place in rankings). If the first alternate cannot compete, KBF will roll the invitation on down to the second alternate, and so on down the list of alternates until the full complement is met.

There are no roll-downs for the KBF TRAIL Championship or the KBF Challenge Championship.