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Online Series Event #4

Buddy Bass: Black Bass Edition

May 8, 2021

Presented by:



Register and pay $31 for the 2021 Online Series : Buddy Bass event at 


$31 entry fee is broken down by the following:

  • $20 Top placing anglers

  • $5 - Tourney X fee

  • $5 - Annual Trail expenses, trophies, permits, etc.

  • $1 - ONLINE WARRIOR prize package at end of year


Identifiers can be printed off HERE. The code for the identifier will be released by 9PM on Friday, May 7th on Facebook & Tourney X. 


  • 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 appropriate box.

Another option for an Identifier (that is not mandatory) is a reusable option made out of durable aluminum by Blue Fox Gifts.  MAKE SURE YOU ORDER THE BUCKEYE KAYAK FISHING TRAIL IDENTIFIER.


Payouts & Prizes

  • Approximately the top 10% of the field will receive a payout. 

  • Payouts take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to process.

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The biggest fish of the 2020 Buddy Bass event; a 20.75" bass caught by Michael Becker.

Note: Hawg Trough measuring boards are no longer allowed in 2020.  Please refer to the event rules on this page for an eligible measuring board.

Trail Points

Helpful Tips

This Buddy Bass event coincides with a few other Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail tournaments, so be sure to double, triple or quadruple dip and submit fish across multiple tournaments!

  • While bass are the primary target for Buddy Bass often times trophy sized Crappie are by-catches.  Don't overlook signing up for a small $16 registration fee for the year long Multi-Species Series event YAK-Ohio. A trophy crappie will win a decent pay off for only $16 and you have 7 other months to chase other species as well!  The only catch is that you have to get signed up YAK-Ohio registration closes on April 16th.

  • Bass caught for this tournament can also be submitted to the Season Long Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass) which begins on April 1st and runs until October 2nd.  You must register prior to May 1st at 11:59PM, so don't wait!

  • Anglers who plan on fishing for Smallmouth Bass during this event can also submit their bass to the Smallmouth only Season Long Smallmouth Bass tournament that runs from April 1st until October 2nd.  Register early because entries will not be accepted after 11:59PM on May 1st.

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One half of the winning team during the 2020 Buddy Bass; 

Robin Hairell with a 20.25" bass.

Event Rules

Standard rules for this event can be found HERE

Remember, new for 2021, acceptable measuring boards are the aluminum Ketch Products Measuring Board, the Ketch Karbonate and the Ketch X measuring board.  The Hawg Trough and Fish Stix boards are no longer an acceptable measuring board.

Additional Rules for this tournament...

  • Anglers must compete in at least 1 Tour Series event to be eligible for a payout.

  • The tournament runs from 6AM until 10PM.

  • It is the anglers responsibility to upload submissions by 10PM.  Eligible water may have spotty cellular service, so anglers must take responsibility and ensure they take steps to upload before 10PM.

  • This tournament is black bass only (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted).

  • Teams consist of two anglers.

  • The 5 longest bass between the anglers will be their final limit.

  • Each angler MUST contribute at least one fish to their final team limit.

  • Team members MUST fish the same lake.  Anglers can choose to move to another eligible body of water, but BOTH anglers must move.

  • Anglers on the same team cannot fish different lakes at the same time.

  • Anglers are permitted to fish without their teammate if they arrive earlier or stay later.

  • 5 specific bodies of water are eligible for this event (see below).

  • The 5 bodies of water are chosen so that they are spread out all across the state.  We try to choose 1 per ODNR region.

  • Since we expect some true Ohio trophies caught during this tournament we HIGLHLY ENCOURAGE anglers to not only upload their fish submission to Tourney X, but a 2nd photo of the angler holding the fish!  Enter the measurement at 1" and you will either cull it or the judge will remove it, but we will download it and use it for social media, website, etc.

Trail Points are awarded throughout the entire season after every Online Series event.  Total points are tallied all year long and the TOP 5 in the Online Series standings are awarded an invite to the coveted CLASSIC!

The point leader after the CLASSIC is awarded the Online Series ONLINE WARRIOR!  (Additional details here)

Points for this event will be distributed by both anglers receiving:

1st Place - 25 points

2nd Place - 24 points

3rd Place - 23 points

4th Place - 22 points



(all the way down to...)



23rd Place - 3 points

24th Place - 2 points

25th Place - 1 point

To follow your progress watch the ONLINE SERIES STANDINGS all year long.

Eligible Water

Click on the lakes above for a lake map.  Everything shown on the map is eligible as long as you are able to paddle, pedal, or motor from the main lake.  Spillways are off limits.

If you have a question about eligible water and a possible location don't hesitate to email

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A 18.5" bass caught during the 2019 Buddy Bass

by 1/2 of the winning team; Wayne Schnaak.

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A 20.25" bass caught during the 2020 Buddy Bass 

by Clint Carnahan.

The Buckeye  Kayak Fishing Trail is presented by:

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