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September 12, 2020


To sign up and pay for the 2020 - BKFT Online Series: Buddy Bass Smallmouth Edition go HERE


$31 entry fee per angler.

Once paid and registered, one of the anglers must create a team name from their Tourney X dashboard.  Once the team name has been created the other angler must go to his dashboard and join the team.

This event is only a team event, so disregard single angler standings.

The registration fee breakdown, additional prizes and payout schedule can be found HERE.

Trail Points

Trail points awarded for this event will be 25 points for 1st place, 24 for 2nd, 23 for 3rd.....all the way down to 1 point for 25th place. 

Tournament Day(s) & Identifier

Identifiers can be printed off HERE. The code for the identifier will be released by 9PM on September 11th on Facebook, Tourney X, and Twitter.  An identifier with no code, the wrong code, or codes in the wrong boxes will not be accepted.  If participating in multiple tournaments you can combine codes on a single identifier, but they must be correct and they must be in the correct boxes.

Anglers can fish the entire tournament or portions of the tournament, but all fish must be caught between 7AM and 8PM.  All fish must be uploaded to Tourney X by 8PM.  If the area you fish doesn't have cell service plan accordingly.

Rules & Format

The other Rules and format for this event can be found HERE

Eligible Fishing Waters 



*At its most basic definition, eligible water is anything in Ohio that is accessible to everyone.  Accessible means it is legal, open to everyone, and 

does not require special permission.

Eligible water includes anything owned by the government (park system, city, township, county, state, federal, ODNR) where fishing from a kayak is permitted.  This also includes Ohio waterways designated as rivers or creeks.


*Privately owned water is eligible under certain circumstances.  It must be accessible by anyone without special permissions, deals, agreements, or backdoor handshakes from the owner.  Anyone should have access to fish the body of water. 


*Public and Private water that require permits are eligible if....

          >The permit can be obtained by all.

          >The permit can be obtained during the 2020 calendar. 

          >Information is provided either online or by phone on how to obtain a              permit.

          >Examples of bodies of water that fall into this category include AEP,                  Lake Katherine, etc.

*All laws, rules, and regulations must be followed while fishing the body of water.  For example, if a body of water allows fishing only during daylight hours then any fish caught outside of that period would not be eligible and cause for immediate disqualification. 


*AEP is privately owned.  Everyone can obtain a permit by going to their website and printing one off.  AEP is eligible.

*Private lakes where you must be a property owner or a friend of a property owner, etc is not eligible because if you don't 'know somebody' you are not able to access them.  Examples of lakes that fall into this category include Lake Wynoka, Shawnee Lake, Lake Lakengren, Lake Lorelei, etc.

Rules & Format

The other Rules and format for this event can be found HERE

Rules Changes Specific to this Tournament Only

*The tournament runs from 7AM until 8PM. 


*To be eligible for payouts you must attend 1 Tour Series in-person event.  Payouts won't be made until you participate in the Tour Series event.


*This tournament is 5 smallmouth bass only. Largemouth & Spotted bass will be DQ'd.

*Two anglers to a team...this is not a single angler tournament so disregard single angler standings. 

*The team of two anglers must be on the same body of water.

*The team of two anglers are permitted to move to another eligible lake as long as both anglers on the team move.

*Each angler on a team must provide at minimum 1 bass that is counted towards your final total. 

*If one angler submits more than 4 fish to the team only the 4 largest will be accepted.  The smaller fish will show in the standings until the judge DQ's it.

*Standings will allow 5 fish to be submitted per angler and show a 10 fish total for a team.  Be patient as the judge will eliminate smaller fish throughout the day so that the fish total will be no more than 5 fish.

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Commonly Missed Rules

*All fish must be caught on rod and reel ONLY.


*All fish MUST be hooked not snagged.

*All Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail events require a Hawg Trough, Ketch board, or Yak Gear Fishstik Version 2 (no exceptions).  All Hawg Trough's should have every line (inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch) marked very carefully and with a Fine Point Sharpie.  If a Hawg Trough is not marked at every line (inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch) it is likely the pictures could receive a deduction if the judges can't determine if the tail touches or crosses the line.  There's no DQ or automatic deduction if you don't mark the lines on the Hawg Trough.  It just helps the judges do their job and protects the angler to accurately display the size of the fish.  If you have a Ketch board that is dark in color it is up to the ANGLER to produce a clear photograph of the fish.  Occasionally the tail will blend into the dark board and be hard to judge. IT IS THE ANGLER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE A CLEAR PHOTO SHOWING LENGTH....if not the fish may include deductions and even up to disqualification.

*We HIGHLY encourage additional photos be submitted to Photos where the angler is holding the fish are often circulated on our Social Media sites, website, as well as with sponsors.

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