**ALL TOURNAMENT RULES EXPRESSED IN THIS DOCUMENT CAN AND WILL BE CHANGED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE KBL TEAM ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS. THE KBL TEAM HOLDS THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND/OR BAN ANY COMPETITOR THAT DOES NOT ABIDE BY THE RULES OF THIS SERIES**
Last revised on 11/17/2016
XIII) AGE REQUIREMENT
I) COMPETITION KAYAK REQUIREMENTS:
What is considered a kayak? A kayak is a plastic single person cockpit vessel that is powered in most cases by a double bladed paddle and in some cases by a pedal drive system or small electric motor. A kayak can also either be a sit-in or a sit upon style hull of various length and width.
The Kayak Bass League has determined a basic definition and requirements that qualify a kayak to be used in any KBL events…
- The hull width of the kayak should not exceed 45 inches (based on manufacturer specifications for that model)
- The kayak must have a minimum length of 10 feet (based on manufacturer specifications for that model).
- The vessel must be advertised as a kayak by the manufacturer
- Vessels not considered an acceptable kayak would include canoes, aluminum bass boats, 2 man pond hoppers or bass buggy, SUP (stand up paddleboards), and foldable or inflatable kayaks
II) ACCEPTABLE KAYAK PROPULSION
Kayaks can ONLY be powered by paddle, pedals or electric motor. Competitors can use any combination of these devices to propel themselves around the waterway. Any competitor using another watercraft as a propulsion method and not operating their watercraft under their own power will be disqualified. If another competitor is the watercraft aiding in the propulsion they will also be automatically disqualified. Only in an emergency situation should a competitor be tethered to another competitor to get them to shore quickly and safely. Once a competitor is brought back to shore for an emergency reason (safety, health, etc.) they will automatically be withdrawn from the competition and not allowed to re-enter the water. This is strictly for the angler’s safety to prevent further harm.
Electric motors will also be limited to 55 pound thrust max.
III) MINIMUM LICENSE, REGISTRATION, OR PASS REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION DURING KBL EVENTS:
- Every angler must possess a current fishing license for the state you are fishing in, whether you are a resident or non-resident.
- Every angler must possess a current Water Usage Stamp (Paddle Pass), if participating in Illinois as a resident or non-resident. It should be adhered to the outside of your kayak hull or carried with the kayak angler at all times. The information needed to get this stamp is your kayak make/model, hull number and color. Water usage stamps can be purchased at any kiosk where fishing licenses are sold.
- In the case that a kayak is powered by an electric motor the owner of the kayak must have his kayak titled/registered with the Illinois DNR with the proper hull numbers present on the kayak. (This is for Illinois residents only!) **Per IDNR: “Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois UNLESS they have a motor or sail; otherwise customers will be able to purchase a ‘Water Usage Stamp’ for $6.00 per calendar year for each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels . Please note: an agent fee of $.50 will be charged per vessel. All of the new Water Usage Stamps must be purchased at the same time to receive the discount.”**
- A daily parking pass may need to be purchased at certain venues. We encourage each angler to check for this information on their own, but the KBL will provide information as needed.
IV) MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
Before every event there will be a safety check that must be performed after you check-in for the event and before you enter the water. If you do not have all of the required items you will not be allowed to participate.
- Every angler must wear a Type I, II, III or V US Coast Guard approved life vest at all times while on the water. Inflatable PFD are OK as long as they are suspender style that wrap over your shoulders and onto your chest. Belt style inflatable PFD’s are NOT APPROVED!
- Every angler must own a paddle, and have their paddle tethered to their kayak in some fashion to prevent loss overboard. In some cases the paddle will be stored inside of the kayak for pedal style boats…if the paddle comes out of storage while on the water the tether needs to be applied to the paddle.
- Every angler must have a high visibility tag fastened to the rear of their kayak (which will be supplied by the KBL staff at every event)
- Every angler must wear a safety whistle while on the water
- Every angler must sign a release of liability waiver and covenant not to sue before each event. It is required that every angler/participant take responsibility for their own actions while participating during the event/outing and agree to relinquish liability to any involved party or group other than themselves.
- Every angler will be required to pay a $5 insurance fee for every event (included in your total $40 entry) which will go towards the event insurance policy.
Extra “encouraged” safety gear / products to carry:
- Orange safety flag
- Proper clothing for the weather we are fishing in (non-cotton materials)
- VHF/GMRF two way radio
- Extra change of dry clothes
- 3-4” long knife
- Lights for kayak for early morning/late evening boating
V) CATCH, PHOTO, AND RELEASE (CPR) PROCEDURE
Every tournament is based on a Catch, Photo and Release (CPR) format. This means that every fish caught will be measured and photographed on a Hawg Trough bump board after it is caught. After an acceptable photo is taken, the fish is to be immediately released. NO FISH will be held in a live-well, kept for weigh-in or held captive for any extended period of time.
VI) MINIMUM FISH PICTURE EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
- Hawg Trough brand bump board (no other bump boards are acceptable)
- Inspection sticker on bump board (live events) provided by the KBL during safety check
- Tournament wrist band (live events) provided by the KBL after safety check
- Tournament identifier (online events) provided on TourneyX dashboard and through email before the start of the event
- High resolution camera or camera phone
VII) HAWG TROUGH BUMP BOARD RULES:
- All legal Hawg Trough bump boards must be in their as purchased original condition. Boards that have been modified in length, broken, cracked, glued etc. will not be acceptable to use during the event.
- All Hawg Troughs must have their measurement lines cleanly marked and defined at the peak or to the right of each measurement line with a black permanent marker (see picture below). Some boards come pre-marked from the manufacturer and are acceptable. If measurement marks are not darkened it will not be acceptable to use. Also if marks are darkened sloppily it leaves room for questionable measurements that will have to be judged accordingly. KBL staff has full authority to determine final fish length. **Please make every effort to “touch up” your bump board before every event if marks have faded**
- Stickers or marker marks may be placed on the upright and/or horizontal portion of the bump board as long as they do not transition from the vertical face into the horizontal face or vice versa. Also any stickers on the horizontal portion of the board should not cover up any measurement lines on the bump board. The hawg trough cannot not be used if either of those two conditions exist.
- Every bump board needs to be inspected during your safety check. At that time, once the board is deemed acceptable, the inspector will apply an inspection sticker with their initials on it. If you have more than one bump board with you as a spare, please let the inspector know so they can apply an inspection sticker to that board as well. Any board that does not have an inspection sticker will not be acceptable to use.
- In the case you lose a bump board you will not be able to measure a fish unless you are able to get another board that has also been inspected and marked with an inspection sticker.
- At the end of the event you must present your bump board for final inspection at the weigh in.
VIII) CHECK LIST FOR ACCEPTABLE FISH PICTURES:
- Fish length must be a minimum (12) inches to qualify
- Fully close the fish’s mouth and press the mouth against the “upright” or zero inch marker portion of the Hawg Trough bump board.
- The fish’s head should be facing to the left and the belly towards you (see example below).
- Pinch the tail of the fish at its ending mark on the bump board
- Ensure that your bump board is as level as possible in the picture
- Ensure that your camera is perpendicular to the plane of the bump board
- Take a picture of the entire fish and ensure that your wrist band and bump board certification sticker (live event) or your tournament identifier (online event) can be visibly seen in the picture.
- Take multiple pictures to ensure that at least one good fish picture is taken.
For Online Events Only:
- All fish pictures must be submitted through your TourneyX.com dashboard under “Submit Fish”
- All fish must be submitted within 24 hours after being caught otherwise it will be disqualified (this is to prevent sandbagging during the tournament)
- If a fish is submitted through TourneyX to cull out another fish in your limit, and the new fish is DQ’ed, the angler will be allowed to keep the culled fish to maintain his limit.
IX) TOURNAMENT SCORING:
- Each angler will be able to weigh in up to (5) of their longest largemouth, smallmouth or combination of the two species during a live event. The Midwest Bass Battle online events will only be (3) of your longest largemouth, smallmouth or combination of the two species.
**Number of fish may vary for different events…please read through the specific event description for each event**
- Each angler is allowed to cull as many fish as they need to increase their (5) fish total length. (Culling example…if you already have (5) fish and the shortest fish in your top (5) is 16”…then you catch a 16.5” fish. The 16” fish is then replaced by your 16.5” fish)
- Final length will be determined by the longest part of the fish’s tail that touches or surpasses a length mark. Touching is defined as meeting or crossing the plane of the measurement mark. If there is a visible gap between the tail and measurement mark (event if it is minimal) the tail will not be considered “touching”.
- Length of the fish will then be rounded down to the nearest ¼” inch that it touches or crosses
- For Club Classic Tournaments and Trophy Bass Challenge, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be determined by the five(5) largest limits of fish weighed in for the event
- For MidWest Bass Battle, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be determined by the three(3) largest limits of fish weighed in for the event
- In the case of a tie, the tie breaker will be the angler’s largest fish. If largest fish is also a tie, then the tie breaker will be the angler’s second largest fish.
- In the case of a big bass pot tie, the pot will be split based on the number of ties.
X) TOURNAMENT JUDGING PROCESS
- Angler must be present at the weigh-in location prior to the cutoff time as announced during the pre-tournament meeting
- Angler will present each qualifying fish photo to the KBL tournament director/fish judge that he/she wishes to be a part of their (5) fish limit
- Tournament director/fish judge will inspect the picture to ensure that the entire fish is in view along with the competitors wrist band and bump board inspection sticker (live event) or tournament identifier (online event)
- Judge will also inspect for any possible rule infractions that could cause a length penalty or disqualification. Penalties and disqualifications can be viewed in the next section.
- Judge will ask a second judge for confirmation of the final length
- Fish pictures for the top (5) placing anglers and top (2) big bass will be reviewed once more after the event before cash prizes are awarded. It is the right of the KBL fish judge’s to overturn the rulings at the live event on an as needed basis in case something was missed or omitted.
XI) FISH PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATIONS:
|Type||Penalty Description||Penalty Value|
|Bump Board||Items applied to the upright of the bump board that will drastically alter the fish’s total length (layers of stickers, foam padding, etc)||DQ of all fish|
|Fish||Fish submitted with head of fish to the right, fish submitted belly facing away from the angler, or tail of fish touching the upright of the bump board||Fish DQ|
|Fish||If the fish appears to be mutilated, mangled or dead||Fish DQ|
|Fish||Mouth of fish not touching the upright or 0 inch mark of the bump board||Fish DQ|
|Fish||Items still attached to the fish while on the bump board (i.e. fish grips, cull tags, clips, stringers, fishing line, lures, hooks, straps, bungees, tape, and other similar items)||Fish DQ|
|Fish||Fish is restrained to the bump board by any other means except for the angler’s hands||Fish DQ|
|Fish||If an angler uses the gill plate of the fish as a means of restraint (i.e. shoving hand or fingers under gill plate)||Fish DQ|
|Fish||If a fish picture is submitted with the fish’s mouth open, meaning that the bump board is visible through the opening of the fish’s mouth it will be considered mouth open. **Penalty will still apply even if the fish’s mouth is deformed and prevents it from fully closing **||0.50 inch penalty|
|Fish||If a length penalty is applied and the total length of a fish goes below the 12 inch minimum length||Fish DQ|
|Fish||Tail curved up and not in contact with the bump board. Angler is allowed to hold down the tail of the fish only up until the end of the fish’s body and not the actual tail fin of the fish.||Fish DQ|
|Fish||If the head of the fish is in full view and touching the upright of the bump board, but the tail of the fish is cut off out of view||Fish total length will be decided by the last visible measuring mark in view that the tail touches|
|Fish||Fish not submitted within 24 hours after being caught (online event only)||Fish DQ|
|Identifier||Wrist Band and/or Bump Board inspection sticker not visible in fish picture (live event only)||Fish DQ|
|Identifier||Tournament identifier not visible, filled out improperly or illegible (online event only)||Fish DQ|
|Kayak||Competitors kayak not visible in the picture||Fish DQ|
|Photo||Hand or other object obstructing the view of the mouth, tail or eye of the fish||Fish DQ|
|Photo||Photo appears to be second-generation (photo of a photo)||Fish DQ|
|Photo||Photo too blurry to accurately judge||Fish DQ|
|Photo||Photo submitted before or after event date and time limits||Fish DQ|
|Photo||Multiple digital photos intentionally submitted of the same fish; fraud||DQ/Ban of Angler|
XII) ENTRY FEES AND CASH PRIZES:
Please see 2017 tournament schedule for a breakdown of tournament entry fees and cash prizes. All cash prizes will be awarded on the first Wednesday following the conclusion of the event. This gives KBL staff the opportunity to review each photo for the top placing anglers and ensures that cash prizes go to the rightful winners.
Any angler that accrues more than $600 in cash during the season will need to claim the prize money on their taxes. Angler’s personal tax information will need to be collected in order to send out the correct tax forms at the end of the year.
XIII) AGE REQUIREMENT:
You must be the age of 18 or older to become a KBL member. If you are under the age of 18, you can still participate in the Midwest Bass Battle Online events.
XIV) ANGLER DISQUALIFICATIONS:
- If an angler does not arrive at check-in before the start of the pre-tournament meeting, the competitor will be disqualified for the event.
- If an angler is not accounted for and not in line for weigh-in at the designated cut off time, the competitor will be disqualified for the event.
- Any angler not wearing their PFD while on the water will be disqualified and asked to leave the event without a refund. If it occurs a second time the angler will be banned indefinitely from the series without a refund.
- Any angler that has a line in the water before the start time or after the end time of the tournament will be disqualified
- Helping another competitor with a fish picture will not be allowed and will result in a disqualification for all parties involved.
- Helping another competitor land a fish will not be allowed and will result in a disqualification for all parties involved.
- Any angler fishing with more than one rod or line at a time will be disqualified
- Any angler weighing in a fish that was not caught on their own will be disqualified
- Any angler trolling will be disqualified
- Any angler using live bait will be disqualified
- Any angler fishing in an off limits location or body of water not acceptable for the tournament they are participating in will be disqualified
- Anglers will not be allowed to share or borrow cameras during the event. Please come with a back-up camera in case you lose or break your primary camera. Any fish weighed in with another person’s camera will be DQ’ed
- Any angler fishing in a non-public body of water that is not accessible to the general public will be disqualified (Online events only).
**If you are disqualified for any reason you will not get your money back for the event or any other previous fees paid to the KBL prior to the disqualification**
**Any angler disqualified for any reason will also not be granted any AOY points for that event**
XV) CHEATING, FIGHTING, PROPERTY DAMAGE AND UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT:
- If cheating occurs or is suspected during a tournament it is up to the anglers to get in touch with a KBL Staff member to report the problem. Once investigated, if any angler(s) were found cheating during the event the KBL Staff reserves the right to disqualify, ban and/or press charges based on the gravity of the cheating offense.
- If any angler is caught cheating in another tournament series they will automatically be banned from the Kayak Bass League tournament series
- If any angler is accused of starting a fight at any point during an event the KBL Staff reserves the right to disqualify and/or ban any angler(s) involved.
- If any angler is found to have damaged or sabotaged another anglers boat or property the KBL Staff reserves the right to disqualify and/or ban any angler(s) involved.
- If any angler is in possession of drugs or alcohol during a KBL event the angler will be immediately disqualified and banned from any future events.
- If any member is found posting harmful or malicious content on any social media platform or is found verbally abusing another member, partners or parties involved with the Kayak Bass League, the member in question will receive an immediate lifetime ban.
XVI) CANCELLED / MAKE-UP EVENTS:
If a tournament is cancelled, a make-up event will be created on TourneyX.com in the form of a (2) day online event. The event will start at 6 AM the following Saturday after the cancelled live event date and will end at 10 PM on Sunday. You will submit your (5) best fish on www.TourneyX.com before the end time of the event on Sunday for your catches to count. An identifier will be emailed to you before the start of the make-up event that will be required to be visible in all of your fish pictures. Identifier will also be available in your tournament dash board.
There may be a chance that an event is cancelled or delayed due to severe weather on the day of competition. If that happens and the tournament does not accrue at least 3 hours of total fishing time then the (2) day make up event will occur. Anglers will be allowed to submit any fish caught during the live event towards the (2) day event and must report those fish to the KBL Staff before they leave the venue on the day of the live event. If the event goes over 3 hours of fishing time, then the results will be final for the event.
XVII) INDIVIDUAL CLUB CLASSIC QUALIFICATION:
Every KBL member must fish a minimum of (2) regular season events AND (3) online events, or accrue 200 AOY points by August 31st in order to fish their club’s classic.
XVIII) KBL CLUB CLASSIC TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION:
The top (10) anglers in AOY points from each club will qualify to fish the KBL Club Classic Tour Championship.
XIX) KBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP / TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS QUALIFICATION: