Qualify for Kayak Bass Fishing Events

KBF conducts several high-profile Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) tournaments each year for which competitors must qualify. If you have your sights set on competing at the highest levels, you’ll learn how to get started here: Compete.

Below is a quick reference to the ways one may qualify for KBF championships, regional finals, and special events.


Dee Zee FLW-KBF Cup Presented by YakAttack

In 2019, this event will be on two days, August 9 & 10, on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. Anglers may qualify to compete in this in four ways:
• Dee Zee 2019 FLW/KBF Open Presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake top 100 (top 20 win free entry)
• 2019 KBF National Championship top 100 (Cup Entree Fee waived for Top 10)
• Top 10 from each KBF TRAIL Series Tournament through July 31, 2019
• KBF Pro Tour top 50 in 2019 KBF AOY ranking through July 31, 2019

2019 KBF TRAIL Series Regional Finals

Five KBF TRAIL Series Regional Finals will take place in August and September. KBF Members competing in TRAIL Series Tournaments may qualify for multiple Regional Finals. To qualify for a KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final, a KBF Member must:
• Compete in a 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournament in that region and
• Finish in the top 20% of any 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournament within the Region, or
• Rank in the Regional Top 200 for 2019 AOY Points after the Region’s last 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournament

2019 KBF TRAIL Series Championship

Five KBF TRAIL Series Regional Finals will take place in August and September. One may qualify for multiple Regional Finals. To qualify for a KBF TRAIL Series Regional Final, a KBF Member must compete in a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament in that region and:
• Finish in the top 10% of any 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournament
• Finish in the top 25% of a Regional Final
• Rank in the top 200 in any Regional AOY Points Race after the Regional Final results are finalized.
• Rank in the top 200 in the National AOY Points Race after all Regional Finals results are finalized.

2019 KBF Pro Tour Championship

The KBF Pro Tour Championship will take place alongside the 2019 KBF Challenge Series and KBF TRAIL Series Championships October 18 & 19 on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin. 100% of net Entry Fees plus 50% of net 2019 KBF Pro Tour Registration Fees will be paid out. $100 2019 KBF Pro Tour Championship Entry Fee will be waived for all competitors who take First Place in any 2019 KBF Pro Tour Tournament. To qualify to compete in this event, KBF Members must:
• Register for the 2019 KBF Pro Tour
• Finish in the top 5 of any 2019 KBF Pro Tour Tournament (Championship Entree Fee waived for First Place)
• Finish in the Top 5 of the Dee Zee FLW-KBF Open Presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake
• Rank in the Top 100 of all 2019 Pro Tour Competitors

2019 KBF 100 Challenge Championship (Challenge Series)

100 or more KBF Members will compete for the title of 2019 KBF Challenge Champion on October 18-19 on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin, (concurrent with the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series and Pro Tour Championships). To qualify to compete in the 2019 Challenge Series Championship:
• Finish in first place in any KBF State or Regional Challenge (no roll-downs)
• 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) as of October 1, 2019. 
• Top 50 residents of each KBF Challenge 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 the Challenge Points were earned) as of October 1, 2019
• Cut-line: all KBF Members whose top-3 events’ Challenge Points total 1,700 or more
• Remainder of field will be filled based on national KBF Challenge Points ranking

2019 KBF Redfish Challenge Championship

To qualify for the 2019 KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship, December 6-7 in Palm Coast, Florida with a first place prize guaranteed at $5,000.
• Finish in the top 10% of any 2019 KBF Redfish Challenge
• Rank in the in the top 100 in the national 2019 KBF Redfish Challenge Points Race as of November 1, 2019

2020 KBF Dee Zee TENvitational Presented by Meyer Distributing

This prestigious annual competition attracts the top competitors from across the US and Canada each year. Become a 2020 KBF Competitor Member or KBF Lifetime Member by start-of-competition. You are are eligible to compete and are invited to register if you:
• Competed in any previous KBF Dee Zee The TEN and/or qualify to compete in it for 2020
• Finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any KBF National Championship, KBF Challenge Series Championship, or KBF TRAIL Series Championship
• Finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any KBF OPEN Series Tournament
• Finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the 2017 or 2018 Bienville Bassin’ Member-only Tournaments
• Finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the 2019 KBFDee Zee TENvitational Presented by Meyer Distributing 
• Finished in 1st place in any KBF State, Regional, and National Challenge
• Finished the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Season as a state or provincial KBF Challenge Points Leader
• Finished in the Top 10% in any KBF TRAIL Series Tournament

2020 KBF Dee Zee The TEN Presented by Meyer Distributing

This annual best-of-the-best fish-off features top talent in the Kayak Bass Fishing world. To qualify:
• Win the 2019 KBF Dee Zee The TEN
• Finish among the Top 10 in ranking for the 2019 KBF Angler of the Year (AOY) race
• Win First Place at the 2020 KBF Dee Zee TENvitational

2020 KBF National Championship

To qualify for the 2020 KBF National Championship on Lake Guntersville, with a first place prize guaranteed at $75,000, you must do any of the following:
• Finish in the top 10% of the 2019 KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship (and have competed in at least one KBF bass fishing competition during 2019)
• Finish in the top 10% at the 2019 KBF National Championship
• Finish in the top 10% of the 2019 KBF Dee Zee TENvitational Presented by Meyer Distributing
• Finish in the top 10% of any 2019 KBF State or Regional Challenge
• Finish in the top 10% of any 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Championship or Regional Final
• Finish in the top 10% of the KBF Dee Zee FLW/KBF Open presented by YakAttack (KBF Members only)
• Finish in the top 10% of the KBF Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup presented by YakAttack (KBF Members only)
• Finish in the top 10% in the Last Chance Open, Palm Coast, Florida, December 13-14, 2019 (KBF Members only)
• Earn qualification through a 2019 KBF Partner club, circuit, or event, either through individual event ranking or by an at-large award at the end of the Partner’s 2019 season.

Qualify for KBF Championships & Special Events