April 2- May 2, 2020

Registration

To sign up and pay for the 2020 - BKFT Online Series: Spring Fling go HERE

Cost

$31 entry fee

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 this tournament is:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are also participating in the YAK Ohio event your identifier will look like this: 

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.

Rules & Format

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

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. 

Examples:

*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 6AM on April 2nd until 10PM on May 2nd. 

 

*Anglers participating in the April 18th Cincinnati Lakes or May 2nd East/West Harbor tournament can submit the same fish to this tournament.

 

*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 black bass only (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted)

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 buckeyekayakfishingtrail@gmail.com 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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