Rules & Payout Structure

Note: As a KBF Ambassador, YakNGrass closely follows all KBF Rules. Additionally, the rules listed below are current as of the 2023-24 season. If changes are made for the 2024 season, those changes will be noted here and all members will be notified via the YakNGrass Facebook Group.

 

Payout Structure

The number of places paid out will be 1 for every 10 anglers registered. For example, if there are 21 anglers for an event, we will pay out 3 places.

Tournament fees are nonrefundable after the start of the tournament.

Mandatory Weigh-In Attendance

Out of respect for your fellow anglers, our sponsors and hosts, weigh-ins will be mandatory moving forward. With the exception of a verifiable emergency or an act of God. Considerations will be made for events running at the same time on the same water only with prior approval before the event starts. Outside of that if you do not attend the weigh-ins, you will not be awarded tournament payouts or prizes and zero points will be given to your AOY totals.

Valid Alabama Fishing License Required

Each angler must have a Valid Alabama Fishing License.

 

Allowable Vessels

Allowable vessels include kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). These must be single-hull, not exceeding 44 inches in width, with the exception of Blue Sky Boatworks 360 Angler and Biyak.

 

Allowable Propulsion

Paddle, pedal, and/or electric motors are allowed!

Competitors must comply with all boating regulations pertaining to motorized kayak/electric propulsion watercraft registration, use, and operating restrictions for the designated fishing area. Violation will result in disqualification from the event.

Electric motor used to propel a watercraft:
Must be attached to the kayak in a safe manner for operation, and may NOT exceed the lesser of
(i.) the manufacturer’s labeled Maximum HP/Thrust Capacity,
(ii.) 3 HP, or
(iii.) 155 foot-pound thrust. Violation of either condition will result in disqualification from the Event. (This does not pertain to wattage capacity.)

Competitors are required to meet all documentation and registration requirements for operating a motorized watercraft including all required safety equipment and lighting.

Towing, Transport, & Assistance

Towing, transport, or relocation assistance from another watercraft, including “mother shipping,” is NOT permitted except in cases of emergency, as when pulling a kayak from a danger zone or restricted area. Once the emergency has ended, the Competitor may resume fishing only if the watercraft was pulled no more than 100 yards from the danger zone. Violation will result in disqualification from the event.

 

Tournament Times, Fish Limit, & Fish Size Requirements

Tournament times will be announced for each event. Lines in time and lines out time will be posted on the Facebook event page and will also be declared during the captain’s meetings.

Unless otherwise specified, all of our events will be a 5-fish limit, 12″ minimum length.

 

Competition Area

A. Competitive fishing is allowed only on publicly accessible waters within the geographic area  designated on the Event Page as “Eligible Water .” Photos of fish caught outside of eligible water boundaries will be denied.

1. Photos that competitors submit for scoring in every YakNGrass Challenge or tournament must be of fish caught from Eligible Water. To be “Eligible,” the body of water must be inside the competition area boundary, during public-access hours, be accessible to the public, and be where fishing is permitted by regulations. During practice and competition, anglers are not allowed to make changes to the waterway and it must be utilized how it’s naturally presented. This includes but is not limited to adding, cutting or removing trees/ brush, digging/ filling ditches, adding or removing rocks and purposely adding or removing vegetation.

2. Resident only or community ponds are not eligible for YakNGrass competition.

3. Any body of water that requires special permission is not eligible for YakNGrass competition unless specifically permitted per YakNGrass Rules (i.e. Military Establishments, Membership Lakes, etc.)

4. Community (neighborhood) lakes that provide public access are off-limits to KBF competition regardless of whether or not they allow public access.

5. If a lake has posted use times, it is eligible only during the hours permitted by the regulatory body. For example,  if a park permits launching from daylight and closes at sunset,  and that is the location used to access the lake, then the lake is off-limits outside of the permitted launch times.

6. Use of private access to fish in any public waters is not permitted (Privately operated marinas, campgrounds and venues that allow paid public access are permitted provided that any member of the public can launch there, even if a fee is required).

7. A competitor must access the water from or across publicly accessible areas. Additionally, anglers MAY NOT cast into or otherwise obtain access to off-limits areas from eligible water. (Example: Posted/restricted spawning areas or other refuges)

8. Clarification of eligible waters is the sole responsibility of the competitor prior to engaging in competition. (Fishing in off-limits waters is grounds for disqualification from the event, not just loss of fish caught while out of bounds.)

B. Competitors may launch from any public-access directly into Eligible Water. Crossing  restricted property to reach Eligible Water is not permitted.   Violation will result in disqualification from the event.

C. Competitors are not restricted to fishing where they start each day but are permitted to  relocate to other eligible waters during tournament hours.

D. Watercraft must not be anchored in such a position as to prevent or block access for other  watercraft or powerboats. Violation will result in disqualification from the event.

E. Unless posted otherwise, as it pertains to tributaries of the main body of water, competitors must be able to float in and out or through an area during tournament days for it to be considered legal waters to navigate. Anglers can use pedal/ paddle/acceptable motors (RULE 8. E) and/or push-pole to navigate. If an anglers’ kayak bottoms out and becomes completely or partially immobilized from the bottom while navigating, they are no longer considered floating. Anglers are responsible for verifying their launch is publicly accessible as well as paying any launch fee required to utilize the facility. If a ramp or launch site is not clearly designated a public launch or it isn’t easily determined as publicly accessible competitors may request launch site evaluation and approval no later than 30 days prior to the event start date. 

CPR Tournament, Identifier Card, & Required Measuring Devices

All events will be a CPR tournament (Catch, Photo, Release).

A valid identifier card, with the identifier code for the event must appear in each photo of a measurable fish. The event identifier code will be determined and published the night before the start of the event. Failure to include the token in your picture will result in the picture being ineligible for measurement.

The only authorized identifier cards are the KBF Identifier Card and the YakNGrass Identifier Card. Photos taken with any other identifier card or with the identifier code written on a participants hand will NOT be eligible for measurement.

All anglers must provide and use their own Ketch measuring board.

Any size Ketch board with Ketch Kradle is allowed, including the Karbonate and Ketch X Models. No other measuring device is allowed.

Photo Standards

Digital photographs of each bass 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 bass. Subsequent digital photos of the same bass submitted by the Competitor in an Event will be denied.

B. 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 bass’ condition. Violation will result in denial of photo.
iii. Verify the bass’ length. Judge will score fish at the greatest length of which he is certain.
iv. Verify whether its jaw or lip is in contact with the measuring board fence. Inability of the judge to verify will result in denial of photo.

C. Centered—Camera lens positioned directly over the center of the bass’ body, which contributes to accurate measurement by judges. Photos taken at a low angle that may 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.

E. Identifiable—Official YakNGrass or KBF Identifier Form must be above, below, or beside that bass (not covering any portion of the bass, nor attached to the Competitor’s hand or arm). Neither a hand-drawn form nor an image of the YakNGrass or KBF Identifier Form on a smart phone are 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 – It is recommended to take the photo with hand as close to centered on the fish as possible. Hand placement must meet the following guidelines:

1. No portion of the hand may enter the gill plate. Violation will result in denial of the photo submission. (NOTE: incidental contact with the external portion of the gill plate will not result in photo denial)

2. The competitor’s hand must be placed to provide a clear view of the fish’s eye. Obstruction or coverage of any portion of the fish’s eye will result in the denial of the photo submission. Hand must be placed forward of the Caudal peduncle (fleshy, scaled part of the bass’ body at the base of the caudal fin). Competitor’s hand may not contact any portion of the Caudal Peduncle past the back edge of the fish’s dorsal or anal fin. Violation will result in denial of the photo submission.  (See Photo Submission Guidelines). NOTE: The photo below is for advisory purposes and indicates areas for competitors to avoid. Official scoring is based on Photo Submission Guidelines. Additionally, no portion of the prescribed no touch zone shall be covered by any other items. (arm, net, fish grips, etc…)

H. Mouth
i. Bass’ lip or jaw must be in contact with measuring board fence (bump board, upright). Violation will result in denial of photo.
ii. Mouth must be closed. If the mouth is open at all, a half-inch penalty will be applied to that fish. If the mouth is open a considerable amount, an additional penalty may be incurred at the judge’s discretion.

For more information on photo scoring, view the KBF Photo Scoring Criteria

KBF Hand Placement Standards

Authorized Fishing Methods

All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line, and hook during tournament hours. No other method will be permitted. Artificial lures only – No live bait. Trolling not permitted.

 

Multiple Anglers in Same Vessel

Two or more anglers may fish from the same vessel; however, each angler must be a paid participant. Sharing of catches is strictly prohibited. Any anglers caught sharing catches will be disqualified.

 

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)

A Personal Floatation Device must be worn at all times while on the water during tournament hours. Failure to comply with this rule WILL result in disqualification from the event. Competitor must wear a fully-fastened USCG-certified vest-style PFD (inherent flotation or inflatable) or float jacket. A belt-style PFD, even one that deploys as a vest, is not permitted during Competition.

 

Boating Conduct & Sportmanship

• All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation
and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, sponsors, YakNGrass,
YakNGrass sponsors, and the sport of fishing as well as YakNGrass’s efforts to promote the sport.
Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:
o Violation of or failure to comply with event or state rules and laws.
o Consumption of alcoholic beverages or any kind of illegal substance during tournament hours.
o Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.
o Verbal or physical abuse towards fellow competitors and tournament directors on or off the water
during the official practice period through the tournament weekend.
o Blocking navigable waters from fellow competitors to pass thru.
o Working with a non-competitor to block other anglers or hold spots before or during tournament
hours.
o Any words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship,
fair competition, and compliance with tournament rules. If an angler witnesses a potential violation
occur, they are expected to communicate with the YakNGrass Staff immediately. YakNGrass staff must
be made aware of who the angler or anglers are and have some proof of violation.
Competitors participating in any YakNGrass event must observe the applicable rules for the Competition
and must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects favorably on the sport of kayak bass
fishing, YakNGrass, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. Competitors are
expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, integrity, safety, and conservation in
support of the sport of kayak bass fishing, especially when in the vicinity of non-competitors who may
be on or beside Eligible Water. Any Competitor who violates these principles, intentionally violates
YakNGrass Competition Rules or regulations (attempts to commit fraud), or behaves in ways that reflect
unfavorably upon YakNGrass’s efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy,
may forfeit competition winnings, face suspension from future YakNGrass competitions, be permanently
banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by YakNGrass.

 

Wade Fishing

Wade fishing is not allowed If a Competitor must go out of sight of his watercraft for any reason (e.g., for a restroom break or to contact a tournament official by phone or other means, or to report an emergency), he must cease fishing until he returns to his watercraft, at which time he may resume fishing. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

 

Weather Awareness

Anglers are expected to exercise their own best judgment in cases of inclement weather. This tournament will be held rain or shine.

 

Waiver & Release Agreement

In consideration for permission to voluntarily participate in tournaments, events, programs, and related activities conducted by YakNGrass either jointly or separately, I acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

Fishing is a dangerous activity.

Using kayaks, canoes, and other watercraft is dangerous.

The risk of injury, disability, death, loss or damage to my person or property from the activities involved in this program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and, I have been advised by YakNGrass and have had the opportunity to seek legal counsel with respect to the legal effect of this document; and, I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS REFERRED TO ABOVE, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF YAKNGRASS, THEIR OFFICERS, VOLUNTEERS, OFFICIALS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, AND/OR EMPLOYEES, OTHER PARTICIPANTS, AND SPONSORING AGENCIES, SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, AND, IF APPLICABLE, OWNERS AND LESSORS OF PREMISES AND PROPERTY USED TO CONDUCT THE EVENT (“RELEASEES”) OR OTHERS, AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RISKS ARISING FROM MY PARTICIPATION; AND, I willingly agree to comply with the terms and conditions for participation.

If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the immediate attention of the nearest official; and, I, FOR MYSELF AND ON BEHALF OF MY HEIRS, ASSIGNS, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NEXT OF KIN, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS RELEASEES, WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHICH I SUFFER OR WHICH I AM FOUND TO HAVE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY MY NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, OR OTHERWISE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

I agree to by submitting this form, to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination if determined necessary for a YakNGrass official. Truth verification test(s) will be used at YakNGrass sole discretion, and administered by YakNGrass or its agents as necessary. I understand that failure to pass the examination as determined by YakNGrass will result in disqualification.
Having fully acquainted myself with the tournament rules, I have completed this application and submit it for my entry into YakNGrass events.
In signing this application, and by my presence at the event, I hereby agree to be bound by and comply with all tournament rules, participant release of liability and safety regulations.

I expressly assume all risks associated with the tournament and I hereby release YakNGrass, its affiliates, and all their respective officers, directors, agents, employees, and the tournament hosts, tournament sponsors and tournament officials from all claims of death, injury and\or property damage incurred in connection with this tournament.
I hereby wave my rights of privacy or publicity with regard to the unconditional right to use my name, voice, photographic likeness, video and biographical information and fishing tips and instructions in connection with any reproduction of same, video\audio productions and\or articles and press releases
by YakNGrass, their parent or affiliate companies, and those acting under their permission, anywhere at any time, through any medium or media. I shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.
I further understand and agree that the tournament officials reserve the right to reject my application for any reason whatsoever.
The Participant signifies by submitting the information below that they have read and understands the foregoing provisions.
By submitting the form below the participant agrees to the above terms for this event.