Full Rules

ALL WINNERS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A POLYGRAPH TEST

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The following rules shall apply to all ANGLER COMBAT tournaments, except:

Rules for special tournaments may differ from those contained herein. These rules may be changed by the Kayak Bass Series (KBS) immediately upon notice by KBS to its members, which notice may be published on the KBS website at www.kayakbassseries.com. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director or his/her designee at a tournament. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director or a rules committee may impose such sanctions as deemed appropriate by them, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Subject to the appeal process set forth in Penalties and Rules Violations  below, the decision of the Tournament Director, his/her designee, or the rules committee, shall be final in all matters.

SCORING:

Tournament standings, contingency awards and final winners shall be determined by CPR (Check all CPR Rules) of each competitor’s catch during the competition days of the tournament. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, Kentucky Bass, Redeye or Shoal Bass will be measured. The limit shall be five fish, only bass as described above will be measured on the longest straight line using Hawg Trough. Fish must be scored with the left side of the fish facing up, belly towards the angler. Mouth may be open OR closed, but the lip MUST be touching the bump board on the Hawg Trough. The use of bungies, stringers, or other means of securing the fish other than the angler’s hand is prohibited. Anglers may not pinch the tail. Minimum length for all bass at all events will be 10.00″ in length. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. The longest length of the day from the participant’s best 5 bass will be the winner. In the event of a tie, the angler that submitted his largest bass first will be the winner of the tie.

Wristband identifier MUST be visible in all catch photos. If an angler misplaces his or her wristband, they must return to the official weigh-in location to acquire another wristband. No exceptions.

For full list of CPR rules and a graphic example, see the CPR Rules page.

LATE PENALTY:

Competitors who are not at the official check-in point, as described in Official Checkpoints, at the appointed time, shall be penalized at the rate of one inch per minute late; to be deducted from the total length of his/her catch that day. Any competitor more than 30 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch and be eliminated from the door prize drawings. There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case, shall a competitor be allowed to make up “lost time.” After proper recognition at the check-in point, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site; however, all fishing must cease upon check-in. After the tournament begins, fishing the tournament waters is prohibited except during tournament hours. Exact starting and check-in times will be announced at the Captain’s Meeting. It is each competitor’s responsibility to confirm check-in times prior to the tournament.

DISQUALIFICATIONS:

Anglers will be disqualified for the following reasons, including disqualified from the door prizes (this list is NOT all-inclusive):

  • Fishing before the official First Cast time
  • Fishing outside of the official tournament boundaries
  • Fishing with disallowed lures/methods (See below. Examples: live bait, Alabama rig, snagging, etc.)

Substantial evidence or testimony from more than one angler is necessary for disqualification. All disqualifications are up to the discretion of the tournament directors.

POINT SYSTEM:

Points for each event will be 750 points maximum, the maximum anglers per tournament will be 750. The points will start at 750 and work down per place whether there is a full field or not. Anglers take their TOP FOUR (4) events to get their final score of the season. Each angler must choose a division (North or South) to count towards their points. Only one of these tournaments can come from the other division. There will be no points if an angler does not submit any catch during the tournament. Point system will be as follows, regardless of the number of participants at an event:

1ST Place – 750 Points

2nd Place – 749 Points

3rd Place – 748 Points

and so on till we get to the last participant. Ties will result in both anglers receiving the lower number of points. So if two anglers tied for 5th, both would receive points corresponding to 6th place. If a participant does not turn in a catch there will be no point awarded.

In the event of a tie for Angler of the Year, the angler who participated in more events throughout the season will win. If both tied anglers fished the same number of events, the tiebreaker will be decided at the Classic. Whichever angler places higher in the Classic will win Angler of the Year.

TIES:

In case of a tie for first place length at the end of the tournament, first angler to submit his or her catch by CPR wins, and the same for each additional place thereafter as stated above.

PAYOUTS:

All entry fees for each KBS Open and the KBS Classic will be $125.00. Registration ends one week before each KBS Open. Anglers must qualify for the KBS Classic (see below).

There will be a $3,000 guaranteed first place prize at each KBS Open with five places paid out regardless of entries. As entries grow, so do cash prizes and number of payout slots.

BIG BASS SIDE POT:

Anglers will have the opportunity to participate in an optional “big bass” side pot for $20.00. Unlike the regular tournament entry fee, the big bass side pot will be paid for in cash at the Captain’s Meeting by anglers who wish to compete in the side pot. All cash will be collected at check-in and 100% of the side pot funds will be paid out in cash during the official weigh-in following the tournament. Big bass side pot will be paid out as follows:

  • Biggest Bass                         60%
  • Second Biggest Bass            40%

In the event of a tie, the angler who logged his or her catch first will be declared the winner as stated above. In the event of one angler catching both the biggest and second biggest bass, that angler will win 100% of the side pot.

TROPHIES & PRIZES:

All cash, prizes and trophies will always be awarded the day of the tournament.

A large crystal Kayak and Bass Trophy will be awarded to KBS Angler of the Year and to 1st Place winner of the KBS Classic. One of eight smaller acrylic Kayak and Bass Trophies will be awarded at each KBS Tournament Open.

All KBS Tournament Opens Trophies will be given away at the Photo Finish or end of tournament. The Angler of the Year and 1st Place Trophy for the KBS Classic will be given away at the end of the KBS Classic.

Prizes will be given away at each KBS Open during the CPR weigh-in called the Photo Finish, all entrants are eligible for the drawing (No extra raffle ticket needed. You must be present to win).

Check with Sponsors Page to view individual sponsors that will be contributing added bonuses.

KBS OPENS & THE KBS CLASSIC:

A captain’s meeting will be held the night before each tournament. This meeting is mandatory for all registered anglers to attend. The idea behind this meeting is to bring awareness of the KBS Tournament rules and regulations per location, kayak safety, and to check every angler in. The Captain’s Meeting is mandatory.

If for some reason, you are unable to attend a captain’s meeting the night prior to any tournament, you must contact the KBS, and let them know of your situation, and you will be placed on a list of attendants for the secondary captain’s meeting that will be held 1 hour prior to first cast the day of the tournament.

KBS Tournament Opens are always on a Saturday and all KBS Opens are a one day tournament for the 2016 season.

The top 75% of anglers in points will qualify for the KBS Classic. Also, the 1st place winner of each KBS Open will automatically qualify for the KBS Classic, whether or not they fall in the top 75% at the end of the year.

The KBS Classic will be a three (3) day event. First day will be on a Friday, second day on a Saturday and last day on a Sunday. Captains meeting will be on Thursday night.

The KBS Classic will be an elimination field down to the top 10 anglers as follows;

  • Day one. All qualified KBS anglers will participate.
  • Day two. All qualified KBS anglers will participate.
  • Day three. The qualified top 10 after day two will move forward to participate in day three and crown the victor. The top 10 that make it through to Day 3 will all be “in the money”.
  • Angler of the year will be determined from the points from their best four (4) tournaments of the KBS Opens only.

Example:

You fished five (5) KBS Opens as follows;

First tournament you placed 1st=750 points

Second tournament you place 20th=730 points

Third tournament you did not submit a fish=0 points

Fourth tournament you placed 250th=500 points

Fifth tournament you placed 489th=261 points

Your total score would be your best four (4) tournaments or 2241 points towards the Angler of the Year running.

TACKLE & EQUIPMENT:

Only artificial lures and biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during official practice and competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only ONE casting, spin casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. A hung lure that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and may be set aside while another is in use. Other rigs as specified above may be in kayak ready for use; however, only ONE is permitted to be in use at any given time. Trolling lures, even if the rod is not being held by the angler, will be considered “in use.” All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their catch disqualified.

 

Anglers may only use one rod, one reel, and one lure at a time. Examples of lures that are NOT ALLOWED include: the Alabama or umbrella rig, a football jig with a dropshot tied above it, etc.

 

When visually fishing a bed or for bedding bass, to be counted as a legal fish, all bass must be hooked inside the mouth. With the mouth closed naturally, you must not be able to see where the hook point enters the fish to be considered hooked inside the mouth. Competitors are allowed to share baits and tackle at all times including competitors who have been cut from competition.

KAYAK POWER REGULATIONS:

All kayaks can be powered by paddle and pedal drive systems. Trolling motors are not allowed during tournament days but can be used during pre-fishing only. If a person has a disability that prevents them from the use of a paddle or pedal drive system please contact Tournament Director prior to the tournament day to obtain permission to use a trolling motor during the tournament.

 

FISHING AREAS & HOURS:

All boundaries and fishing hours will be posted on the KBS website approximately 30 days prior to any KBS event.

 

Tournament waters shall be established by the Tournament Director for each tournament. Each competitor must obtain this information from the KBS Tournament Director or any offical of the KBS, any restrictions will be discussed during Captain’s Meeting the night prior to the tournament. Any water within these boundaries posted “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing” by state or federal agencies will be OFF LIMITS, regardless of official tournament boundaries. Only water open to ALL public fishing will be considered tournament waters.

 

Competitors may only launch at PUBLIC launch points accessible to all other competitors. It does not have to be a paved boat ramp, but it must be publicly accessible land. No trespassing onto private property. Example: Launching from your grandma’s backward is NOT permitted because not all competitors have access to your grandma’s backyard. Unless your grandma is just super popular and knows every competitor, which we doubt.

 

Tournament times will be determined by tournament directors.  Each tournament will be at least 8 hours allowing for roadrunner starts at every tournament.  Members may launch from any public access point on the tournament lake with legal access.  Trailering to/from the registration and check-in site is permitted.

REGISTRATION:

Each competitor must register in person with official KBS staff at the time and place designated in the schedule of events. Failure to register in person during the prescribed hours may result in disqualification. Competitors who have not contacted the KBS Tournament Staff 15 minutes after the closing of the posted on-site registration period, may be disqualified from participating in the tournament. It shall be each competitor’s responsibility to either check the schedule of events for registration time and location or obtain times from the KBS website or tournament officials.

COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN KAYAK UNLESS:

During the competition days, competitors must not depart the kayak to fish from land or while wading or to make the kayak more accessible to fishing waters unless the angler is tethered to the kayak. Kayaks must remain in tournament waters during tournament days. Competitors must remain in the kayak at all times, except in case of dire emergency, or with permission from the Tournament Director.  In the event of a needed restroom break, contestants are allowed to leave the kayak untethered, at which time all fishing must cease until back in the kayak or tethered to the kayak. If a competitor violates any of the above conditions (to contact a tournament official by phone or other means, or to report an emergency or breakdown), competitors must cease fishing at this point and their catch must be verified by a tournament official in order to be counted in the tournament. If, after the emergency situation is resolved by tournament officials, and enough time is left for the competitors to resume fishing, a restart will be allowed, the competitors will continue, and their catch will be counted. This applies only to dire emergency situations as determined by the Tournament Director or his/her designee. Towing kayaks by another competitor during tournament hours is prohibited, except by the direction of tournament officials.

 

Competitors are allowed to leave the kayak to retrieve a lure. All fishing by that competitor must cease until back in the kayak before making another cast.

OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS:

No check-in will be required on tournament day. There will be an official First Cast time that anglers may not fish prior to. There will be only one official check-in point in the afternoon, and this point shall be designated at the tournament briefing. Failure to check-in at the check- in point in the afternoon will result in disqualification. Fishing prior to the official First Cast time will also result in disqualification. At check-in, all kayaks shall identify themselves by means of the KBS wristband and proceed immediately to the designated Photo Finish.

PRACTICE & COMPETITION:

There will be no off limits period for any tournament unless specified by the Tournament Director.

There will be three (3) official practice days immediately prior to the first day of competition. However, all anglers can practice any day prior to any KBS Event.

During the official practice period, competitors MAY NOT hire a fishing guide on tournament waters.

During competition on tournament day, competitors MAY NOT fish with non-competitors.

Flying over tournament waters, other than a ticketed commercial airline, is prohibited during official practice and competition unless approved by the tournament director.

During practice and during the tournament, a competitor MAY NOT “skin dive” or “scuba dive” in the tournament waters.

No competitor may buy or barter a fishing location from any other competitor for use during any competition day.

A designated tournament official must be granted access to the competitor’s kayak at any time during the official practice or competition days. Failure to grant such access may result in immediate disqualification.

Anglers cannot use a motorized boat to fish from during the official prefishing period. Anglers can use a trolling motor on a kayak during the prefishing period.

Each competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director immediately any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another competitor that they violate these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms and or CPR, may be cause for disqualification. OFFICIAL PROTESTS MUST BE FILED IN WRITING AND ALL PARTIES OF INTEREST WILL BE PROVIDED A COPY.

LIE DETECTORS:

By his/her signature on the official tournament entry form, each competitor agrees to submit to a truth verification test and abide by its conclusion should he/she be accused of any rule violation. The KBS Tournament Director, rules committee, or such person designated by the Tournament Director, shall have the discretion to determine the need for a truth verification test. The KBS Tournament Director or his/her designee shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the test. The KBS Tournament Director or his/her designee shall have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test nearest KBS headquarters with respect to all concerned parties schedule and travel cost. The competitor shall make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with such test. Anglers taking a truth verification test may be responsible for any and all costs incurred.

 

Random truth verifications tests may be administered on site during the course of a KBS Open Series Event.

PARTICIPANTS & ELIGIBILITY:

This tournament is open to current members of KBS who are 18 years of age or older, 16 years of age and have a drivers license and social security card with signed wavier from parent. However, employees, officers and director of KBS or its parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, children and sibling, regardless of where they live) are also eligible. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the potential competitor. With the exception of the 16-year minimum, no one will be disqualified because of age, race, gender or disability.

A properly completed pre-printed and signed official entry form (SeeRegistration) must be provided to the KBS tournament administrative team as soon as possible, but no later than the Captain’s Meeting, prior to the day of competition. All competitors must complete a W-9 and when required a Form 590, or W-8 BEN provided by KBS (one time). Tournament entry fees must be received by the KBS Tournament Department on or before the balance due date. Any balances or new entries received after the balance due date will be subject to a $10 late fee. The Tournament Director reserves the right to discontinue acceptance of applications prior to deadline and also the right to extend the acceptance date. DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE REGARDLESS OF DATE OF CANCELLATION. ANY BALANCE OF THE ENTRY FEE PAID IN EXCESS OF THE DEPOSIT WILL ONLY BE REFUNDED IF PROPER NOTIFICATION IS MADE TO THE KBS TOURNAMENT DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO THE BALANCE DUE DATE.

While a sponsor may pay the entry fee, competitors agree to use any and all official products provided by KBS in Open Series events and the KBS Classic. The only product at this point that will be official is the wrist band used for CPR identification, however we may have kayaks in the classic set aside for the final day.

ANGLER CODE OF CONDUCT:

Anglers participating in any KBS sanctioned event shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a manner becoming professional anglers that will not reflect unfavorably on KBS, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors.

 

To this end, anglers shall use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of professional fishing. Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, reduction of points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in KBS sanctioned events, permanent ban from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by KBS.

MEDIA COMMENTS & PUBLIC ATTACKS:

The favorable public reputation of KBS as a sanctioning organization in the sport of fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media properties are valuable assets and tangible benefits for KBS.

 

Accordingly, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from comments to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow anglers or the KBS organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with KBS policies are encouraged, as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of KBS, KBS officials or sponsors, shall be considered conduct unbecoming a professional and may result in disciplinary action.

SAFETY:

Safe kayak conduct must be observed at all times by competitors. During theofficial practice and competition, each competitor must wear a Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver anytime on the water. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely, and maintained in that condition while the entrant is in the water on the kayak. Inflatable life vest indicators should be checked daily. Violation of this rule may be reason for disqualification.

When kayaking in low visibility situations i.e. fog, heavy rain, during both practice and competition, competitors must operate their kayaks in a safe manner as determined by tournament officials.

All electronic equipment used for fishing i.e depth finders, temperature gages, sound attractants are allowed in any event, trolling motors are subject to approval by KBS upon proof the angler is disabled and unable to man power his or her kayak under normal conditions.

It is strongly encouraged that all competitors have a safety check each day prior to launch to familiarize the location of all safety equipment.

Tournament officials have the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. Weather delays on full field days, resulting in half of the tournament day being lost will be up for majority vote to go with what’s been scored at that point to complete in that said tournament or majority vote to re-start the following day or majority vote to re-schedule.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, COMPETITORS SHOULD CALL 911 FIRST AND, ONCE SAFE, THEN NOTIFY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

COMPETITORS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE KAYAK AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER IN BAD WEATHER WHERE DANGER MAY BE IMMINENT.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

Competitors in KBS tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.

Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor, during the official practice or during the tournament, will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future KBS tournaments.

Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to kayaking and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may be reason for disqualification.

Please stay a minimum of 50 yards away from fellow competitors during competition. If you must get closer to pass a competitor, please ask permission before getting too close. Be courteous.

All competitors are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the various states in which they fish. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and kayaking regulations.

Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and/or for disqualification after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director. Any disqualification, suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in a KBS tournament, and/or disqualification from a KBS tournament, after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director.

RULES VIOLATIONS & APPEALS COMMITTEE:

An appeals committee will be established by KBS, which shall be comprised of one KBS representative and two anglers who are not competitors in the event in question. Appeals for penalties assessed under Penalties and Rules Violations must be presented in writing 48 hours from the time and date of ruling to the Tournament Director. 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. If competitors admit to a rules violation, they may not file an appeal of either the finding that they have violated the rules or the penalty imposed for the violation. Decisions of the appeals committee shall be final.

 

Competitors are allowed to compete under appeal for penalties assessed under Penalties and Rules Violations until final ruling by Appeals Committee. Appeals of non competition rulings must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director within 48 hours from the time and date of ruling for review

PATCHES & SIGNAGE:

Anglers are encouraged to wear their own clothing which may bear patches, logos and other signage promoting the angler’s sponsors. KBS may however, restrict the use of patches, logos, signage, etc., or which are, in KBS’s sole judgment, in poor taste. KBS will provide as much advance notice as possible to the competitors in such instances.

 

KBS SPONSORED KAYAKS:

When using a KBS sponsored kayak, anglers are responsible for the physical care of the kayak. Damage incurred, determined to be excessive or wanton by the Tournament Director, shall result in the angler being responsible for all costs of repair.

TAXES:

Anglers/Observers are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Various States require withholding tax on merchandise be paid upon the awarding of certificates and anglers awarded merchandise certificates in these States are responsible for remitting their tax to KBS.  Failure to meet those obligations may result in reduction of Angler of Year Points, fines, and/or disqualification from all future KBS events.

WAIVER & RELEASE:

As a condition of participation in each tournament, each competitor must execute a waiver and release of liability, and a name and likeness release.

Penalties for Rules Violations: MAY include the following;

  • Reduction of competition hours as determined by the Tournament Director
  • Loss of one or more fish in question. All such fish must be marked and verified by the rules of CPR as outlined in Official Rules of CPR on the KBS website. If not verified the entire catch maybe disqualified.
  • Loss of catch for the day of the violation
  • Disqualification from the tournament in question
  • Disqualification from future KBS events, which may be from a specific number of events, a specific period of time, or may be a lifetime disqualification.
  • Any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of Angler of Year points.