Kayak Bass Fishing – Not Your Standard Bass Tournament

Upstate Outdoors
March 29, 2019 - 4:36 pm

Phillip Gentry

The Bassmaster Elite Series and MLF Bass Pro Tour don’t have anything on bass anglers who fish from plastic boats thanks in large part to two national organizations who have organized national, regional and local bass fishing tournaments that provide that competitive outlet for kayak bass anglers.

The Kayak Bass Series, most commonly referred to as KBS, is a premiere nationwide kayak bass tournament trail. Top kayak anglers from around the country will compete in eight KBS Opens spread across eight different states for some of the biggest cash purses in kayak fishing, huge sponsored prize giveaways, and a chance to compete in the KBS Classic to determine KBS Angler of the Year and the KBS Classic Champion.

In addition, anglers can compete in one of nine divisions of online tournaments, the KBS Elite Trail, or the KBS Youth Trail. 

Kayak Bass Fishing, more commonly known as KBF, is the brainchild of Chad Hoover – TV Show Host, Hook 1 Retailer, and all round spokesmodel for kayak bass fishing. Like the Kayak Bass Series, the Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Trail also offers a myriad of opportunities for kayak bass anglers to compete against one another in head-to-head competition.

Participating in one or both of the major league kayak bass fishing entities is a lot like trying to follow an NFL Fantasy Football League Competition. Each entity has numerous competitions, and divisions, complete with side competitions that it’s really hard to keep up with everything that is going on at one time unless you are participating in the program.

Both series have multiple events, divisions, and series which allows anglers to travel extensively to fish events or stay relatively close to home and still compete for each programs Angler Of The Year competition.

When anglers are not in their kayaks fishing for bass, spending ample time online is almost a daily necessity in order to stay abreast of recent developments, new schedules, and updated points accumulations.

Fortunately, the rules for the two organizations are nearly identical which allow anglers to compete in portions of both series.

It might be hard for old school bass anglers to grasp, but there’s also a bass tournament going on right now, in cyberspace. Anglers don’t show up for weigh-ins, they don’t even bring fish to the ramp. They catch a fish from a kayak, take a photo of the fish, and release him. 

In order to compete, kayak anglers must first sign up on the bass competition website, Tourney X. Once registered, the angler can pick whichever tournament they want. Some tournaments span days, some merely hours on a given lake, but versatility and technology make things more simplified.

Once the angler is logged in, he or she can register for any ongoing tournament that he chooses. When registering for a tournament the angler is charged the amount the tournament director has setup. 

Once registered for a tournament the angler will need to download the rules for that tournament. Go to the dashboard, you will be able to submit a catch, cull a fish, view submissions and view standings. If fishing a tourney on the water anglers can go to the website via smartphone, login with angler username and password, and upload your catch straight from the water. 

Get more information for Kayak Bass Series at fishkbs.com, Kayak Bass Fishing at kayakbassfishing.com


Phillip Gentry is the host of “Upstate Outdoors,” broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays on 106.3 WORD FM. The show can be streamed live online at 1063word.radio.com or via podcast anytime. 


Photo Caption – Anglers who fish from a kayak have numerous ways to compete in bass fishing tournaments. Photo by Phillip Gentry.

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