Major Kayak Bass-Fishing Tournaments: What to Know About the Competitions

by Will Shepard

There are three major kayak bass-fishing tournaments. The tournaments are usually held on lakes that the participants like to fish. Even though there are other kayak bass-fishing tournaments, three stand out from the rest.

They include the Hobie Bass Open Series, the Kayak Bassmaster Championship, and the Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National Series. Each of these tournaments requires vetted qualification to enter.

As of right now, fifty anglers have qualified for Hobie’s kayak bass-fishing tournament. The Bassmaster Kayak tournament has 150 qualified anglers in the tournament so far. And lastly, the KBF series has yet to release its numbers, but it is likely climbing.

All three of these tournaments, as of yet, haven’t said where they are happening. Each is dependent on weather, the pandemic, and the participants.

The Rules for Kayak Bass-Fishing

More importantly, though, setting up for kayak bass-fishing is super important and strict. Most tournaments allow anglers the ability to choose between three measuring devices.

But again, that is always up to the tournament. The three major tournaments let contestants pick between three devices. Those devices are the Hawg Trough, YakGear Fish Stick, and the Ketch Board. Each device is of different quality.

Next, the anglers have to take a picture of the bass they catch on their lap in the narrow kayak. This is certainly a skill that is hard to master. But, once an experienced fisherman has landed a bass, they go through a couple of steps.

First, the fisherman unhooks the bass and leaves it in a net on the side of the kayak. Or, they will attach the bass to some fish grips and leave it on the side of their kayak.

Then, the kayak fisherman will get their phone, ruler, and tournament identifier ready. Once they’ve done all of these things, the fisherman will get the fish onto their lap and snap a picture of it.

The identifying number is an important part of the picture that ensures the angler catches the fish on the day of the tournament. If the identifier number isn’t in the picture, the fish won’t count.

Almost all kayak bass-fishing tournaments are catch-and-release tournaments. So, after making sure that the pectoral fin is pointing back towards the bass’s tail, the picture taken, the fish is put back.

Each tournament has specific rules about exactly how the pictures need to be taken. Most people take several photos before releasing the fish back.

Nonetheless, kayak bass-fishing is always an exciting time. Rarely do the kayakers fall in, but there’s always a chance that will happen. So, if you aren’t super in tune with the bass fishing tournaments, that could be something to watch for.

[H/T Mossy Oak]