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The winner of the Timber Lodging Big Bracket Brawl will receive a weekend getaway (two night stay for up to six guests, $725 value) at Timber Lodging. The cabin is on 16 acres located in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio near Nelsonville. There are a number of Lakes and streams to fish within 40 minutes of the cabin.

Details of the property,  including pictures can be found on our website ( Reservations made by the winner are subject to availability and need to be made by December 31, 2020. The reservation needs to be used within 1 yr after the competition ends (September 30,2021)

A $300 refundable security deposit is required upon booking.

As some anglers recall we sent out a survey in 2019 and anglers have spoken.

Out of 10 categories anglers ranked both 'Competing against the best' and 'Being competitive regardless of finish' as 2 of the top 3 categories.  With that said, we at BKFT are putting in place the BIG BRACKET BRAWL. 

The tournament is an NCAA college basketball style tournament where anglers compete one on one.  This tournament is single elimination where the winner moves on and the loser goes home!

1.This event DOES NOT count towards the required number of events anglers must participate in to be in the running for Tour Series Angler of the Year, Online Warrior, Multi-Species Champion, or Classic qualifications.

2. BONUS Trail Points are awarded for this event (based on 64 anglers):

If you are eliminated in the 1st round you receive 0 trail points.

If you are eliminated in the 2nd round you will receive 1 trail point.

If you are eliminated in the 3rd round (Sweet 16) you will receive 2 trail points.

If you are eliminated in the 4th round (Elite 8) you will receive 3 trail points.

If you are eliminated in the 5th round (Final Four) you will receive 4 trail points.

If you are eliminated in the 6th round (Finals) you will receive 5 trail points.

If you win the bracket you will receive 6 trail points.

These points are BONUS points and will be added to your Tour, Online, and Multi-Species Trail Points.

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Remember, the event format is single elimination where the winner advances and the loser goes home!


The first four match-ups of 

Darrell Cornelius vs. Alex Roberts

Brian Bo Smith vs. Dick Nauta

Sean Stone vs. Mark Patterson

Steve Heger vs. Brian Magill

must be completed by April 30, 2020.

The next round (round of 32) must be completed by May 31, 2020 (if your opponent isn't in the First Four you can plan and complete your match in April).

The Sweet 16  (round of 16) must be completed by June 30, 2020.

The Elite 8 (round of 8) must be completed by July 31, 2020.

The Final Four (round of 4) must be completed by August 31, 2020.

The Championship round will be completed in September.


What To Do Next

Contact your first opponent and determine the following: 

1. Date(s) you are going to fish.

2. Hours eligible to fish.

3. Location(s) to fish.

4. Species to fish for.

5. Limit of fish (1 minimum to 22 maximum and all fish should be submitted to Tourney X)

6. Minimum Length of fish.

Most anglers are on Facebook, so reach out to them on messenger.  If you are unable to contact them make a post in the Buckeye Nation Kayak Anglers group asking if someone can IM you their contact information.  As a last resort email for the persons info.

One angler should email the 6 items listed above that both anglers agreed upon.

If anglers cannot agree on one (or all of the items listed above) the following items are the default and should be entered onto the email to

1. Date: Second Sunday of each month.

2. Hours: 8AM-3PM

3. Location: If you are in the..

Columbus Region - Alum Creek Lake

Northern Region - Charles Mill Lake

Southeast Region - Cowan Lake

South Region - Hargus Creek Lake

4. Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted)

5. Limit: 3 Fish

6. Minimum Length: 12"

We highly encourage anglers to be specific on their email to us.  Feel free to piggyback off of other BKFT events where the anglers who finishes highest wins the matchup.  Also feel free to make the event multiple days, different species, etc.  Our last wish is for every match-up to use the defaults....please communicate with each other and come up with the 6 criteria.

The goal is that both anglers determine criteria for their match-up and at the end of it also agree on who won.  If the matchup has a disagreement BKFT will make a ruling that may include a DQ of BOTH ANGLERS, so don't put us in that position.

In these strange times get outside and enjoy the best social distancing you can….KAYAK FISHING.  Stay safe and have fun!


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