How It Works


NEW FOR 2023

  • Once an angler has legally launched, they may fish anywhere they can paddle/power/pedal/pole to without portaging over any natural or man-made obstacle. Anglers may not leave the kayak to drag through shallow water. Anglers may not leave the kayak while fishing. Shoreline/wade fishing is not allowed unless it is a river series event.
  • Team Trail creel is now best 6 fish per team. Best 3 per angler.
  • You may enter your name into a draft to determine your teammate for 2023 if you don’t have a partner. The draft will be held 3/1/2023. Facebook Poll will be created to allow you to add your name.
  • 5% held back per tournament for AOY pot.


• Create a TourneyX Account: [Register for Free Account]
• Download TourneyX Pro App: [Apple] [Android]
• TourneyX FAQ: [TourneyX Help]

Tournament Tips

  • Print off a couple spare identifiers. Better too many than one too few.
  • Take multiple photos of each fish with your camera, an ID visible in each one, then upload to TourneyX from your camera roll. That leaves you with backups and alternate images in case the first one you submitted gets dinged.
  • Identify the closest place with wi-fi or a good data signal and bear in mind how many minutes you are from it.
  • Put the TD’s cell phone number in your contacts. His name and phone number are on the TourneyX Event page. Text, call, PM, or email him to alert him to technological problems that may be systemic. Also, you can transmit photos to him for manual uploads if necessary.
  • Test your TourneyX dashboard login and photo submission functions minutes after the competition start time. Take a photo of your ID and Ketch board to make sure your camera is working and that you can upload. Might be a good time to test the “cull” feature, too.
  • Carry backups. Cell phones rarely float. A second digital camera in a waterproof bag adds little weight and takes up little space in your gear crate.
  • Speaking of floating, add flotation to your KBF-approved measuring board.
  • Carry a Sharpie to write the ID code on your identifier form. (You’ll find it useful for turning a spinnerbait, soft plastic, or crankbait into a nighttime lure or adding camo to a frog.)
  • Have a USB cord or spare removable media and batteries for a digital camera.
  • Under the “it goes without saying,” make sure to top off your cell phone charge as you drive to the lake, and turn off all unused apps that slurp up power and shorten a battery charge.
  • A pre-flight checklist is not a bad idea


How Kayak Tournaments work
The night before a tournament there will be a Captain’s meeting. This will be the time when the Tournament Director(TD), will go over the rules and discuss the event. Anglers will then receive the
3 digit Identifier code, that must be visible in all fish photos. Launch times, start times, and check-in deadlines will also be discussed at the meeting.

On tournament day anglers may launch their kayaks from any public access. This is referred to as a “Roadrunner style launch”. First launch time is when an angler may get on the water and get into position to begin. Lines in time is when the angler can now begin fishing.

Kayak tournaments go by the length of the fish and are Catch Photo Release style also known as “CPR”. Once an angler catches a bass, they will then place it on approved measuring device( Ketch Board only) and take a photo of it with their phone, making sure the 3 digit identifier code is visible. The fish is then released back into the water. Once a proper photo has been taken that meets photo standards, it gets submitted to the TourneyX tournament management system app.

TourneyX is free for anglers to use and is an excellent tournament management system. You will upload the photo of your bass and it will go onto a live leaderboard, that shows what everyone has. Family at home can follow along live while watching as well. This app will place a geotag and a timestamp for the judge to see, which shows exactly where the fish was caught and at what time (only the TD/Judge can see this). TourneyX will automatically cull for you, and keep track of your total length from your best 5 bass. The angler with the highest total of length will be the winner.

Once the tournament end time arrives, which is normally 3 pm, anglers must stop fishing. No photos taken after that time will be accepted. Anglers will then need to load up and travel to tournament headquarters. Anglers must be checked in by the designated time given at the captain’s meeting. At the check-in, there can be food and drinks, free raffles and giveaways, and the awards ceremony will start shortly after photo submission deadline.


Coast Guard approved PFD
Kayak or canoe
Safety whistle
Free TourneyX account
Ketch board


  • Anglers must launch and fish public water in Missouri from publicly accessible launches.
  • Border waters permits and the water they pertain to are OFF LIMITS for Mo-Yak online tournaments
  • Anglers must take out from a publicly accessible launch
  • Registration deadline is 6 am first day of the month
  • Tournament begins 6 am first day of the month
  • Longest five bass for total.  TourneyX automatically culls your shorter fish.
  • Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted bass only
  • Ketch brand boards only as measuring devices
  • No minimum length
  • Anglers may fish anytime, day or night, during the month
  • Tournament ends 6 pm last day of the month
  • Photo submission ends 8 pm last day of the month
  • Paypal payouts delivered 24 hours after the tournament

BIG BASS POT – Individual and River Individual Series Only

Big Bass Pot of $10 is included in your entry fee and is paid out 100%. The angler who finishes with the longest bass of the day wins the pot.

Big Bass Payout

1-50 contestants or 1-50 teams pays 1 place
51-75 pays 2 places
75+ pays 3 places.

Big Bass Tiebreaker rules – if a tie exists for longest bass, each angler’s next longest bass will break the tie. If a tie remains, the 3rd longest will break the tie and so on until the 5th fish. If both anglers tie for their entire culled creel then the earliest submitted fish regardless of size will prevail.

TRASH POT – Individual and River Individual Series Only

Anglers may opt to pay $6 for the Trash Pot for each event. The largest non-Bass (Largemouth, Spotted, or Smallmouth) can be photographed and texted to the tournament director before the photo submission deadline to be considered for this award.  This is a winner take all pot.   This photo is NOT to be submitted to TourneyX or included in your daily creel of gamefish.