“The Kayak Bass Fishing [KBF] National Championship was always intended to belong to the sport of kayak fishing.” That is how Chad Hoover described the sport’s biggest event in a recent live video. Since the first event in 2016, the KBF National Championship has been just that – a chance for any kayak angler, regardless of experience, age or brand affiliation, to have a chance to embark upon a career in kayak fishing. From Matt Ball to Guillermo Gonzalez, the history of KBF’s biggest tournament confirms that fact.

KBF recently consulted with leaders from across the kayak fishing world to discuss ways to make the event more accessible and the qualification threshold more flexible. After considerable discussion, the following changes have been made:

  • To qualify, an angler must fish in any kayak CPR tournament and submit a fish in that event. It doesn’t matter where the angler finishes or even if they catch a limit. The idea here is that the angler has experience catching, photographing, releasing and uploading a fish to a tournament management system. The angler will have the responsibility of knowing the rules thoroughly, avoiding simple mistakes and incurring penalties. This was the major reason(s) behind the original qualification process. Now that there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of events nationwide competitors have ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with the format, rules and challenges of CPR style fishing events.
  • The qualifying event may be any regional, local or state club/trail (the event does not necessarily have to be one held by a KBF AmBASSador Series partner organization). This also includes online CPR events conducted by various organizations and clubs across the country.
  • The angler’s qualifying finish can be posted to any tournament management site (Fishing Chaos, TourneyX, etc). The “qualification” process is solely up to the individual for accountability purposes and will be verified prior to moving on the TOP 100 for day three of the KBFNC.
  • To Register, an angler must be a KBF Member (Premium or Lifetime).
  • Registration for the KBF National Championship will close earlier than in previous years so as to allow time for event planning (exact date t.b.d.).
  • The Top 100 anglers who qualify to fish on Day 3 of the National Championship will have their qualifying events verified (anglers found to be non-compliant will be removed and their spot will go to the next highest Day 2 finisher)

With these changes, KBF has made the qualification process more streamlined, reduced the administrative burden for KBF Staff and AmBassador Series Directors and made participation in the KBF National Championship more accessible. We invite all kayak anglers to consider joining us in Paris, Tennessee on Kentucky Lake October 19-21, 2022.

To book travel plans, visit Experience Paris TN

The YakAttack 2022 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship presented by Dee Zee

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First Published August 11, 2022

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