Competition Rules Standards available at:

  1. Competition Rules Standards cover about 85% of the Rules.
  2. Competition Rules Addendum deal with the remaining rules and cover event specific details such as dates, locations, times, fishable waters, and local restrictions.
  3. Online State Challenge Series Competition Rules Addendum

    Tournament HQ:

    Virtual (TourneyX)

    Tournament Director:

    Casey Reed (

    Tournament Format: State Challenge events are 5-fish Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) tournament powered by TourneyX. There is no limit to the number of bass photos Competitors may submit during the Competition Period. Regardless of the number of photos submitted, only the five longest bass submitted by a Competitor throughout the month of competition will post to his score and will determine the final ranking.


    Event Registration:

    $30 Entry Fee and $10 optional for Big Bass Pot unless otherwise specified on the TourneyX Tournament page


    TourneyX Membership and Registration: Prior to the first day of competition, each angler who wishes to participate must (a.) sign up as a TourneyX user and then (b.) register on TourneyX and pay an entry fee for the specific State Challenge(s) in which he wishes to compete.


    Competitors are not restricted to their own state of residence but may register for as many concurrent State Challenges as they wish, providing they have valid fishing licenses for each state in which challenges they enter. And for example, fish caught in Virginia waters, may only be submitted to the Virginia State Challenge. Prize winners must be prepared to submit proof of valid fishing license.


    Photos for any State Challenge may be submitted only for bass caught from waters in that state. A bass submitted for one State Challenge may NOT be considered for other State Challenges but may be eligible for submission to other events, if permitted by the rules for those other events.


    Competition Rules:

    The rules are in two parts. Competition Rules Standards ( and the specific Competition Rules Addendum.

    By registering, each competitor acknowledges he has read and agrees to abide by (a.) the Competition Rules Standards (including the Release and Indemnification Agreement and Copyright and Use of Images Agreement) and to (b.) the specific rules outlined in the Competition Rules Addendum on this page; and

    The competitor further agrees to abide by the KBF Event Participation Terms and Conditions.


    Competition Period:

    Competition Period Start and End dates are displayed on each State Challenge page on TourneyX.


    Start—Competition begins at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the Competition Period. Photos of fish caught only after the Competition Start time are acceptable.

    End—Competition ends at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the Competition Period. All photos must be submitted to TourneyX by the Competition End time.



    Identifier card and code will be released once the tournament starts, and will be available by logging in to your TourneyX account and going to “My Dashboard” and then clicking on “View Identifier and Code”.


    Eligible Water & Location:

    Competitors may submit fish caught ONLY in waters located inside the boundaries of the state(s), with the following exception. On some boundary waters, a reciprocal licensing agreement between the bordering states allows anglers with valid fishing licenses issued by one state to legally fish specific waters in the neighboring state. In boundary waters with reciprocal license agreements, a Competitor may submit photos of fish caught in any water covered by the agreement. The state in which the fish was caught is determined by the location the angler launched from.


    Awarding of Prizes

    **Payments will be paid out via PayPal, to the PayPal email address that the payment was made from unless otherwise specified by the angler receiving payment.


    Tournament will pay out the 1 spot for every 6 anglers.

    ex: 1-6 entries    =   1 place paid – 1st place; 100%

        7-12 entries   =   2 places paid – 1st place; 60%: 2nd place; 40%

        13-18 entries  =   3 places paid – 1st place; 50%: 2nd place; 30%: 3rd place; 20%

        19-24 entries  =   4 places paid – 1st place; 47%: 2nd place; 27%: 3rd place; 17%: 4th place; 9%

        25-30 entries   =   5 places paid – 1st place; 45%: 2nd place; 25%: 3rd place; 15%: 4th place; 9%: 5th place; 6%

        31-36 entries   =   5 places paid – 1st place; 43%: 2nd place; 23%: 3rd place; 14%: 4th place; 9%: 5th place; 6%; 6th place; 5%

        37+ entries   =   5 places paid – 1st place; 42%: 2nd place; 22%: 3rd place; 13%: 4th place; 8%: 5th place; 6%; 6th place; 5%: 7th place; 4%

        Up to 7 spots paid out.

    Cash prizes, if any, will be processed and distributed as quickly as possible following announcement of Competition results, verification of eligibility, and identification of winners.

    **$22 from each entry is paid out. is responsible for the TourneyX and PayPal fees.

    **If the event is labeled a Virginia Kayak Bass Challenge (VKBC) event, up to $3 per entry may be collected for the VKBC Classic and $19 per entry will be paid out.**


    Angler Of The Year Points

    The A.O.Y. will receive the 2018 Kayak bass Fishing National Championship qualifying spot.
    A.O.Y. will be given to Competitor with the most points, in the defined amount of tournaments (THAT NUMBER IS STILL THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TOURNAMENTS MINUS 2. THE COMPETITORS LOWEST SCORES WILL BE DROPPED)

    After each tournament, Competitors will receive points for the A.O.Y. Leaderboard. First place will receive 100 points and every place after that, will receive -2 points from the place ranking above. Any and all anglers that did not submit any fish will receive -20 points from the last competitor that submitted fish, or if the -20 puts them at a negative points number, those anglers will receive 1 point.

    1st place – 100 points
    2nd place – 98 points
    3rd place – 96 points
    4th place – 94 points
    And so on.

    KBF National Championship Qualifying Slots — This depends on the size of the field for each State Challenge Series*

    To be eligible to earn a qualifying slot for the 2019 KBF National Championship, one must be a KBF Member before July 31st, 2018.

    Winning a “Qualifying Slot” means that the Competitor is now eligible to fish in the KBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

    Challenge results will be visible on TourneyX.

    *The top 5 states with the most competitors throughout the year will receive a KBF NC qualifying spot. That spot will be given to the AOY of that state. States with an average of less than 15 competitors in the whole series will not receive a KBF NC qualifying spot.

    Tournament Director Participation

    The Tournament Director has the ability to fish any of these tournaments. The TD will fall under the same rules as everyone else. The TD will have his fish verified by a random participant(s) at each event. If anyone requests to see the TD’s submitted fish, the TD must submit to this request. If anyone has any issues with the TD fishing an event, please announce your concerns of this at your time of registration, or for any online events, send an email voicing your concerns. The TD still has the ability to fish, but can consider backing out if there is anglers that have a concern.

    Any disagreements on rulings involving the TD will be voted on by the anglers in attendance.


    Disputes and Appeals

    Any Competitor who wishes to dispute or protest a rules violation penalty, a judge’s scoring decision, or other action that materially affected the Competitor’s ranking or prize eligibility must file a protest with the Tournament Director in writing or via email within 24 hours from the time and date of the protested action. Only Competitors in the Tournament where the protested action occurred may lodge protests. Protests must be handled privately. All parties of interest will be provided a copy. The Tournament Director will review the Competitor’s claims, thoroughly investigate the disputed decision, and issue a ruling.

    The Competitor who filed the protest may appeal the Tournament Director’s ruling. Appeals of rulings must be presented to management in writing or via email 48 hours from the time and date of ruling. The Appeals Processing Fee is $100, which may be paid to Casey Reed, via cash, check, or PayPal Funds Transfer. KBF will impanel an appeals committee comprised of at least three people from the KBF Advisory Group, that were not involved directly in directing or judging the Tournament. Appeals hearings shall take place within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt of the written appeal, and all parties must make themselves available at prescribed time of hearing. Decisions of the appeals committee are final. If the appeals committee rules in the Competitor favor and reverses or nullifies the ruling, then the entire Appeal Processing Fee will be refunded; however, if the ruling stands, then the Fee is forfeited.