July 31-August 2, 2020
Register and pay for 2020 - BKFT Multi-Species Series: Channel Catfish Online HERE
Entry Fee, Payouts, & Prizes
$31 entry fee per angler.
The registration fee breakdown, additional prizes and payout schedule can be found HERE.
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 Thursday, July 30 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.
4:00AM July 31 - First cast; Anglers may begin fishing. Any fish caught prior to this time will be DQ'd.
August 2nd - At some point during this time frame the Tourney X standings will disappear to add a little drama to the final standings. Once they go dark you will still be able to submit fish. If you want to verify your fish have been uploaded check the email address you signed up with for Tourney X. DO NOT CALL OR MESSAGE US. If you don't receive an email letting you know the fish was submitted then you need to keep trying. The main reason a fish submission won't upload is because there is no cellular service where you are uploading. Anglers need to be aware of that and head to a spot with service in enough time to upload. If cellular service isn't the issue try deleting the Tourney X app and reinstalling the app. Also, make sure location services is on with the camera/app.
12:01 AM August 3rd - Fishing ends and no submissions will be accepted.
At the tournament end (or soon after) we will make the standings viewable.
Payouts will be made within 5-10 days after the event has ended.
Eligible Fishing Waters
BE SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND ELIGIBLE WATER!
*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 4AM on July 31 until 12:01AM on August 3rd.
*Anglers can use live bait for this tournament.
*Anglers can use two rods for this event.
*The anal fin on the catfish MUST be visible (See pictures below)
Here are two examples of acceptable pictures:
Note that the lip touches the fence at the left of the bump board, the eye is visible, the anal fin is visible, the identifier is visible, and the tail is not being touched or covered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Photos where the angler is holding the fish are often circulated on our Social Media sites, website, as well as with sponsors.