KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl

Overview and Invitation

Heroes on the WaterHOW – KBF Partnership

Kayak Bass Fishing and Heroes on the Water are a natural fit. KBF drives participation in kayak fishing and competition. These build community and fund development of high performance paddling gear, Heroes on the Water (“HOW”) builds on the excitement, challenges, and satisfactions of kayak fishing to draw wounded service members and veterans into the outdoors, helping them to heal and rehabilitate both physically and emotionally. KBF invites you to join us in supporting HOW’s mission.

HOW Benefits

All proceeds from Big Bass Brawl $20 Entry Fees are donated to a nearby HOW Chapter. When 200 anglers assemble for a KBF OPEN, for example, 150 for a TRAIL tournament, or 400 gather at the National Championship, nearly all of them also toss another $20 in the HOW benefit pool and get in on the Big Bass Brawl. When that happens, HOW gets a check for $3,000, $2,000, or $8,000, respectively.

KBF Sponsors, too, want to support HOW’s mission. It’s these leading kayak and gear manufacturers that donate products for each Big Bass Brawl’s Sponsors Prize Package. We’re not talking trinkets, either. In that past, those prize packages have included YakAttack BlackPaks loaded with gear, Bending Branches Angler Ace paddles, and Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K.s. These sponsors are back for 2016 and are joined by NRS, which is adding its highly-prized Chinook PFD to the collection.

Identifier and Code – Friday, April 22

KBF ID Brawl Old Hickory Day 1

KBF ID Brawl Old Hickory Day 1

Print a blank KBF Identifier Form. Print your name in the top-center box and a “+” (plus) sign in the bottom-right box for Friday, APril 22 KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl.



  • This is a three-day, one bass, one winner takes all competition.
  • Entry fee: $20 (This donation enters you for all four days. Entry fee is not pro-rated if one competes just one or two days.)
  • Rules for each KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl are in two parts
  • During the event’s competition hours and on the Eligible Water, any bass caught and submitted through TourneyX may be the winning entry. Upload any big bass you catch into a chance to win—even while prefishing.
  • In addition to the Sponsor’s Prize Package, daily $200 bonuses are paid out to the KBF BONUS BUCKS participant who submits the longest bass of the day. Anyone may enroll in the KBF BONUS BUCKS Program ($100 per year); KBF Membership is not required to participate in this bonus program.

Although a Big Bass Brawls are concurrent with the last practice day or two and competition days of every OPEN, TRAIL, or Championship, KBF Membership is not required to sign up and compete in a Brawl. Anyone who wishes to show up and compete on a single day or all four days may do so by registering for the appropriate event at TourneyX. Some anglers choose register in order to donate to HOW in this way without intending to fish the event, although there are other ways to donate to that 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provide a tax advantages. (Registrations through KBF HOW Big Bass Brawls are not tax-deductible, even though the money goes to HOW. To benefit from a charitable gift income tax deduction, donate direction to HOW through their Website.)

Find more details about upcoming KBF HOW Big Bass Brawls by using the drop-down menu above (Events > Big Bass Brawls > list by locale).



National River Supply - NRS

In 2016, NRS is awarding a Chinook PFD, designed by kayak anglers—the standard by which all other fishing life vests are measured.

Wilderness Systems' HOW-edition A.T.A.K.—Advanced Tactical Angling Kayak

Wilderness Systems has designed a special HOW-edition A.T.A.K.—a solid foundation for this exceptional Prize Pak.

YakAttack Commemorative BlackPak loaded with rigging gear

Pre-assembled, ready for us, and loaded with cutting-edge rigging gear from YakAttack, the BlackPak that graces this ATAK has a specially designed lid commemorating each Big Bass Brawl victory.

Bending Branches Angler Series Paddles

Offering features that match the ATAK’s performance, Bending Branches Angler Ace enhances any day on the water with its lightweight 100% carbon shaft and carbon-reinforced nylon blades.