2015 Kayak Bass League Open Series
RULES & REQUIREMENTS
**ALL TOURNAMENT RULES EXPRESSED IN THIS DOCUMENT CAN AND WILL CHANGE 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**
COMPETITION KAYAK REQUIREMENTS:
What is a Kayak? A kayak in modern terms and in most cases is a plastic or fiberglass single person hull vessel that is powered in most cases by a double bladed paddle and in some cases powered by a peddle drive system or small electric motor. A kayak can also either be a sit-in cockpit or a sit on top style with various length and width.
The Kayak Bass League has determined a set of basic definition and requirements to qualify a kayak to be used in any KBL events.
- The hull width of the kayak should not exceed 42 inches.
- To participate in KBL events, the kayak must have a minimum length of 10 feet (based on manufacturer specifications for the model).
- Canoes and plastic boats (like a sun dolphin or bass buggy) cannot be used in KBL events
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION DURING KBL OPENS/EVENTS:
- Every angler must possess a 2015 Illinois Fishing license whether you are a resident or non-resident. You can purchase the license online from the Illinois DNR website.
- Every angler must possess a 2015 Water Usage Stamp (Paddle Pass) to either be adhered to the outside of their kayak hull or carried with the kayak angler at all times. This is a requirement also for residents and non-residents, and can be bought at any Illinois fishing license kiosk. The information needed to get this stamp is your kayak make/model, hull number and color. 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 IDNR with the proper hull numbers present on the kayak.**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.”**
- Every angler must wear a Type III US Coast Guard approved life vest at all times while on the water.
- 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 for peddle style boats…if the paddle comes out of storage the tether needs to be applied.
- Every angler must possess a Hawg Trough branded bump board. Hawg Troughs are available for purchase for $17 through the KBL or can be found at several outdoor retailers.
- Every angler must have a high visibility tag fastened to the rear of their kayak (to be supplied by the KBL)
- Every angler must wear a wrist band during the event to be visible in all fish pictures (to be supplied by the KBL), and to keep track of the angler number
- Every angler must have a high resolution camera (standard camera or smartphone) to take their fish pictures
- 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 must pay the required $5 insurance fee at every event which will go towards the insurance policy provided by the American Canoe Association (ACA)
CATCH, PHOTO, AND RELEASE (CPR):
Every tournament will be based on a Catch, Photo and Release (CPR) format. Every fish caught will be measured on a Hawg Trough bump board with a photo taken marking the fish’s total length, and the fish will be immediately released back to the water. NO FISH will be held in a live-well or kept for the weigh in.
Guidelines for Qualifying Fish Pictures:
- Minimum qualifying length is twelve(12) inches.
- 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 (bottom of the image).
- Pinch the tail of the fish at its ending mark on the bump board
- Take a picture of the entire fish and ensure that your wristband can be visibly seen in the picture. Ideally you want to hold down the middle of the fish during your picture
- All measurement will be rounded down to the nearest 1/4 inch.
- If a hand is obstructing the view of the nose or tail of the fish, the fish will not count towards an angler’s total catch
- If a wrist band is not visibly seen in the picture of the fish measurement, the fish will not count towards an angler’s total catch
- If a fish is restrained to the bump board by any other means except for the angler’s hand(s), the fish will not count towards the angler’s total catch.
- If a fish picture is submitted with the fish’s mouth open there will be a 2” penalty. If when the penalty is applied and the fish length drops below the minimum length requirement the fish will no longer count towards an angler’s total catch. (i.e. minimum required length is 12” and with the penalty the fish becomes 11.75”…the fish will not count)
- For every minute late to the weigh in location after the end time of the tournament an angler will be deducted 1” from their total catch. After 15 minutes, the angler will be disqualified.
Each angler will be able to weigh in up to (5) of their longest largemouth, smallmouth or combination of the two species. The anglers with the largest combined total length will determine the winner(s) of the tournament. Each angler is allowed to cull as much as they need to increase their top (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).
ENTRY FEES AND CASH PRIZES:
Each tournament will have a $40 entry fee. $35 will go to the tournament ($30 for tournament and $5 for big bass), and $5 will go towards the insurance fee. The tournament cash prize will be based off of an 80% payout, and big bass will be a 100% payout. 1 place will be awarded for every 10 participants (i.e. 1 for up to 10, 2 for up to 20, etc.). If (2) places are paid out the tournament winnings will be split 60%/40%, and if (3) places are paid out the tournament winnings will be split 50%/30%/20%.
KBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION:
Any angler that places 1st at any of the last (3) Open Series events (Mazonia, Evergreen or Busse Lake) will obtain a qualifying spot for the KBF National Championship on Kentucky Lake on March 25th, 2016. The 2nd and 3rd place anglers at each event will be alternates in the event that the 1st place angler cannot make the National Championship.
Any participants under the age of 18 at the time of the event will need to have a letter of consent signed by a parent or guardian. Please send an email to info@KayakBassLeague.com for the letter of consent.
- Any angler not wearing their PFD while on the water will be disqualified
- Any angler arriving at the weigh in location later than 15 minutes past the end time of the tournament will be disqualified
- Any angler that has a line in the water before the start time of the tournament will be disqualified
- Any angler with more than one line in the water at a time will be disqualified
- Any angler weighing in a fish that was not caught on their own will be disqualified
- Any angler using live bait will be disqualified
CHEATING, FIGHTING, PROPERTY DAMAGE AND OTHER RULES:
- If any cheating is seen or suspected during a tournament it is up to the anglers to get in touch with a KBL Team member to report the problem. Once investigated, if any angler was found cheating during the event the KBL Team reserves the right to disqualify and/or ban that angler from any future events.
- If any angler is accused of starting a fight at any point during an event the KBL Team 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 Team 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.
- Weather / Cancellations – KBL events will take place rain or shine! The tournament directors reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event at any time due to hazardous weather conditions such as lightning or high winds. In the event of such conditions should happen, the decision will be made and notification will be send no less than 24 hours prior to the start of the event. We will let everyone know if and when we are watching the weather.