ANY RULES GIVEN AT THE CAPTAINS MEETING BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OVERRIDE ANY RULE STATED HERE.
- 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 Hawg Trough 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 darken the Hawg Trough lines or mark the fence base and print 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
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( Hawg
Trough and Ketch 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 will be food and drinks, free raffles and giveaways, and the awards ceremony will start shortly after.
Coast Guard approved PFD
Kayak or canoe
Free TourneyX account
Hawg Trough or Ketch board
KAYAKS AND CANOES ONLY
NO GASOLINE MOTORS, NO TUBES, NO PONTOON STYLE WATERCRAFTS
COAST GUARD APPROVED PFD MUST BE WORN WHILE ON THE WATER
360 VIEW LIGHTS MUST BE USED IF ON THE WATER IN THE DARK
ANGLERS MUST FOLLOW ALL STATE WATERWAY LAWS AT ALL TIMES.
ANGLERS MAY LAUNCH 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TOURNAMENT START TIME BUT MAY NOT FISH UNTIL OFFICIAL START TIME.
PRIOR TO EACH TOURNAMENT, THERE WILL BE A CAPTAINS MEETING THAT WILL GO OVER SPECIFIC RULES AND SAFETY FOR THAT BODY OF WATER.
PREFISHING CUTOFF TIME IS 4 PM THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE EVENT.
MEASURING DEVICE MUST BE CLEARLY VISIBLE IN THE PHOTO.
* APPROVED MEASURING DEVICES ARE THE HAWG TROUGH AND KETCH BOARD.
MARKS MUST BE CLEARLY VISIBLE IN PHOTO. NO ALTERED BOARDS UNLESS PRE APPROVED BY TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
COMPETITORS WILL SUBMIT THEIR PHOTOS TO TOURNEYX.
BEST 5 FISH, (THE TourneyX APP WILL AUTO CULL FOR YOU AND UPDATE YOUR SCORE LIVE.)
- FISH MUST BE FACING LEFT
- THE FISH’S EYE MUST BE VISIBLE
- MOUTH CLOSED AND IN CONTACT WITH FENCE
- END OF TAIL IN CONTACT WITH MEASURING DEVICE
- UNIQUE IDENTIFIER CLEARLY VISIBLE
NEW FOR 2020 – A slight flex in a measuring board(Hawg Trough) resulting from a fish’s weight is allowed; however, Competitors are prohibited from deliberately flexing or deforming a measuring board by exerting pressure or reshaping it. Any modification of a measuring board that results in the misrepresentation of a fish’s actual length is grounds for disqualification from the event and may result in subsequent sanctions and penalties.
No photos will be accepted of a fish, that is taken with the front of the approved measuring board elevated, with the fence touching the top of the Portside Gunnel of the kayak, while the starboard end of the board is lower, on the deck.
- DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF EACH FISH SUBMITTED TO JUDGES FOR SCORING MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:
A. UNIQUE–EACH DIGITAL PHOTO SUBMITTED BY THE SAME COMPETITOR IN EACH EVENT MUST BE OF A DIFFERENT FISH. SUBSEQUENT DIGITAL PHOTOS OF THE SAME FISH SUBMITTED BY THE COMPETITOR IN AN EVENT WILL BE DENIED.
B. VISIBLE/LEGIBLE–EACH PHOTO MUST BE IN SHARPLY FOCUSED AND CLEAR ENOUGH FOR A JUDGE TO:
I. VERIFY THE CORRECT IDENTIFIER FORM AND EVENT ID CODE. INABILITY OF THE JUDGE TO VERIFY WILL RESULT IN DENIAL OF PHOTO.
II. VERIFY THE FISH’S CONDITION. VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN DENIAL OF PHOTO.
III. VERIFY THE FISH’S LENGTH. JUDGE WILL SCORE FISH AT THE GREATEST LENGTH OF WHICH HE IS CERTAIN.
IV. VERIFY WHETHER THE BASS’ JAW OR LIP, OR THE REDFISH’S NOSE, IS IN CONTACT WITH THE MEASURING BOARD FENCE. INABILITY OF THE JUDGE TO VERIFY WILL RESULT IN A PENALTY OF 1 INCH.
V. EXCEPT WHERE COVERED BY HAND OR FINGERS, THE ENTIRE FISH, FROM ITS MOUTH/JAW TO THE TIP OF ITS CAUDAL (TAIL) FIN, MUST BE VISIBLE IN PHOTOS. IF EITHER END IS COVERED OR CROPPED OFF, THE PHOTO WILL BE DENIED.
C. CENTERED—CAMERA LENS POSITIONED DIRECTLY OVER THE CENTER OF THE FISH’S BODY, WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO ACCURATE MEASUREMENT BY JUDGES. PHOTOS TAKEN AT A LOW ANGLE IN ORDER OBSCURE AN OPEN MOUTH MAY BE DENIED OR PENALIZED AT THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR’S DISCRETION.
D. FIRST-GENERATION—EACH DIGITAL PHOTO MUST BE A FIRST-GENERATION IMAGE (NOT A PHOTO OR SCREEN-SHOT OF ANOTHER PHOTO). VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN DENIAL OF PHOTO.
PHOTOS SUBMITTED FOR SCORING THAT, IN JUDGES’ OPINIONS, CONTAIN EVIDENCE OF A POSSIBLE DISQUALIFYING INFRACTION—INCLUDING PHOTOS THAT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN CROPPED OR MODIFIED (E.G, IMAGE ENHANCED OR FILTERED) IN SUCH A WAY AS TO OBSCURE INFRACTIONS—WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH A SCORE OF 0.01″ AND A NOTE INDICATING THE NATURE OF THE INFRACTION IS EMAILED TO THE COMPETITOR. THE TOURNAMENT OR SERIES DIRECTOR WILL REVIEW ALL SUCH PHOTOS AND WILL MAKE ANY DISQUALIFICATION RULING. THE DIRECTOR MAY ALSO CONTACT COMPETITORS TO REQUEST SUBMISSION OF ORIGINAL UN-CROPPED, UN-FILTERED PHOTOS FOR FURTHER REVIEW AND VERIFICATION. FAILURE BY COMPETITORS TO RESPOND OR REFUSAL TO SUBMIT THE ORIGINAL PHOTO WILL RESULT IN DENIAL OF THE PHOTO.
E. IDENTIFIABLE—OFFICIAL KBF IDENTIFIER FORM ABOVE, BELOW, OR BESIDE THAT FISH(NOT COVERING ANY PORTION OF THE FISH, UNLESS ATTACHED TO THE COMPETITOR’S HAND OR ARM). NEITHER A HAND-DRAWN FORM NOR AN IMAGE OF THE KBF IDENTIFIER FORM ON A SMARTPHONE IS PERMISSIBLE. VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN DENIAL OF PHOTO.
F. BACKGROUND—COMPETITOR’S WATERCRAFT CLEARLY VISIBLE IN THE PHOTOGRAPH. VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN DENIAL OF PHOTO.
G. HAND POSITION—IN BASS COMPETITION, HAND OR FINGER(S) MAY BE IN CONTACT WITH THE CAUDAL PEDUNCLE (FLESHY, SCALED PART OF THE BASS’ BODY AT THE BASE OF THE CAUDAL FIN) BUT NOT TOUCHING ANY PORTION OF THE CAUDAL FIN (TAIL FIN). VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN A 1-INCH DEDUCTION IN SCORE