The KBF Redfish Challenge Series rolls into its second season in January, 2020. Anglers compete in two divisions.
- From Key West, along Florida’s EAST coast and up the Atlantic Coast to Delaware and Maryland is the Atlantic Division.
- The Gulf Division includes the WEST coast of Florida, across the Gulf states to the southern tip of Texas.
Ten monthly 3-fish CPR Challenges run January through October, culminating in the KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship in November.
Cash Prizes — Of the $35 Entry Fee, $7.50 builds the Championship prize pot. $5 covers TourneyX fees, and $1.31 is retained by PayPal. The balance is paid out as Challenge cash prizes. [Open KBF Redfish Challenge Series Payout Chart.]
Mystery Fish Prize—Each month a number from 16:00 to 26.75 will be generated at random, and if the KBF Redfish Challenge Division has fielded 20+ competitors, then the competitor with a fish remaining on the Lowrance Leader Board of that score (or closest to it) wins a $25 Gift Card. Ties are broken by photo upload time stamp.
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. Divisional AOY first place ties will be broken based on Championship ranking. For example, if two competitors in the Gulf Division end the 2020 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 2020 KBF Redfish Challenge Angler of the Year will also be crowned at the Championship and receive a check for $2,000. Rookie of the Year will be recognized in 2020, too, and will receive a $1,000 award.
2020 KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship
The top 10% of competitors from each month’s KBF Redfish Challenge (minimum 10 from each Challenge) qualify to compete in the 2020 KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship, where first place is guaranteed $5,000. The total number of places paid out and amounts will be determined by Series participation throughout the season. In addition, all who finish in the top 100 by national KBF Redfish Challenge Points ranking—many of whom will have already qualified—will also be eligible to compete in the 2020 KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship.
2021 KBF National Championship Qualification — At the 2020 KBF Redfish Challenge Series Championship, all who finish in the top 10 and who have fished at least one (1) KBF TRAIL Series Tournament or three (3) KBF State or Regional Challenges (bass) will qualify to compete in the 2021 KBF National Championship, a bass competition planned for the Red River, Caddo Lake, and Cross Lake near Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana.
Rules & Standards
Challenges are run and judged by the KBF Competition Rules Standard and event-specific rules found on the Event Page. Notable in these redfish events are these rules:
- Redfish submitted in competition must be from 16.00″ up to (but not reaching) 27.00″.
- As long as the redfish’s nose touches the measuring board fence, the mouth (which is below and behind the nose) may be open or closed.
- Competitor’s hand in photos may not touch or cover any portion of the fish forward of the operculum (hard gill plate) marked in red, below.
KBF Membership (Ambassador, Competitor, Pro or Lifetime) is required for participation. Competitors may register for and compete in both Gulf and Atlantic Divisions.
Register on TourneyX
According to KBF Competition Rules Standard, a photo in which the redfish caudal fin (tail fin) touches or passes the 16.00″ line meets the minimum length requirement of the 16″–27″ slot limit. Photos in which the redfish’s caudal fin upper lobe tip touches or passes the 27.00″ line are denied.
A Competitor’s hand may now touch the fish back of the anal fin in order to make sure the upper lobe is positioned on the measuring surface of the board.