Multi-Species Series Event #1

YAK-Ohio Online

March 2- November  13, 2021

Registration

Registration will remain open until April 3rd at 8PM, but any submissions caught prior to registering will not be accepted.

Register and pay $20 for the 2021 Multi-Species Series : YAK-Ohio event at 

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$20 entry fee is broken down by the following:

  • $14 Top placing anglers.

  • $5 - Tourney X fee.

  • $1 - Multi-Species Champion prize package at end of year.

Identifier

Identifiers can be printed off HERE.

The code for the identifier is:

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  • 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.

Format 

  • The tournament runs from 8AM on March 2nd until 7PM on November 13th.

  • Species accepted are broken down into 15 categories:

    • 1. Northern Pike

    • 2. Flathead/Blue Catfish (Flathead on Tourney X)

    • 3. Walleye/Saugeye

    • 4. Crappie

    • 5. Trout (Brown & Rainbow)

    • 6. Musky

    • 7. Carp/Buffalo

    • 8. Perch

    • 9. Rock Bass (Redeye Bass on Tourney X)

    • 10. Striped/Hybrid/White Bass

    • 11. Steelhead

    • 12. Channel Catfish

    • 13. Sunfish/Bluegill/Pumpkinseed

    • 14. Bowfin

    • 15. Freshwater Drum

  • Participating anglers are trying to catch fish that measure in the top 5 longest among ALL anglers at the end of the tournament.

  • Anglers are allowed to have a maximum of two top 5 fish per 15 categories listed above.

  • Anglers can upgrade fish length if they already have two top 5 fish in a category.  The angler can either remove their shortest fish or the judge will remove it.

  • Keep in mind fish may be accepted, but then bumped out of the top 5 as anglers submit fish throughout the year.  If it is bumped out the judge will deny it even after it was accepted previously.

Payouts & Trail Points

  • $14 per angler goes to the payouts.

  • Payouts will go to the following:

    • Largest fish in each category will split 40% of the $14 registration fee across the 15 categories.

    • 2nd largest fish in each category-  split 20% across 15 categories.

    • 3rd largest fish in each category - split 10% across 15 categories.

    • Remaining 30% will be split into a certain number of payouts and raffled off among the fish that placed in 4th or 5th place.

  • Trail Points are awarded to each fish species eligible.  The longest fish in each category will receive 5 points, the 2nd longest 4 points, 3rd longest 3 points, 4th longest 2 points, and 5th longest 1 point.  Points are awarded after the tournament ends.

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

For individuals to whom BKFT pays out $600 or more during a calendar year, we will prepare an IRS Form 1099 and require information from the angler before the payment is made.

Event Rules

Standard rules for this event can be found HERE

Ketch Products Measuring Boards are the only accepted measuring board.

Additional Rules for this tournament...

  • It is the anglers responsibility to upload eligible photos by the November 13th, 7PM deadline.

  • If the length of a fish exceeds the length of a Ketch board please use a measuring tape.   It is highly recommended anglers purchase the longer Ketch boards (36" & 48") if you plan on targeting several of the longer species of fish eligible in this tournament.

  • If a measuring tape is used the Ketch board is REQUIRED to be in the photo also.

  • Measuring tapes & boards can be requested at any time to verify legality.

  • Measuring devices and fish should both be laying as flat as possible.  If one or both are not laying flat it could lead to deductions or DQ.

  • If a clear length is unable to be determined by judges it will be measured at the shortest length the fish is know to measure out at from the photo.  To be clear, the photo must clearly demonstrate length.  

  • Fish grips are permitted for all fish submissions.  That rule is in place to make it simple to explain, but in reality anglers should only use them as a last resort and for toothy and/or larger species of fish.  If you use fish grips and they open the mouth and/or extend the length of the fish expect deductions.

  • You can upload multiple photos to Tourney X of the same fish if you believe they may help determine length.

  • The mouth of the fish should be closed where possible.  If the mouth is open and it is deemed that the mouth extends the length of the fish expect a deduction.

  • While taking extreme care of the fish throughout the Catch, Photo, Release process take the best possible picture depicting length. 

  • The use of multiple rods is permitted in Multi-Species Tour events, but if any fish are caught while using two rods they cannot be submitted for any Tour or Online Series bass events.  All Ohio fishing regulations must be followed.

  • The use of natural bait is permitted in Multi-Species Tour events, but if any fish are caught while using it they cannot be submitted for any Tour or Online Series bass events.  Natural bait is defined as minnows, cut bait, live bluegills, dough baits, etc.  All Ohio fishing regulations must be followed.

  • Unlike the Tour & Online Series events, the Multi-Species events allow harvesting fish.  All Ohio fishing regulations must be followed.

  • Please submit as many different photos to Tourney X of the same fish if you believe it helps determine length.  This doesn't guarantee anything but may help the fish from deductions or DQ.

  • Examples of fish DQ's and deductions:

    • Photos that impact identifying the fish length including too bright, too dark, foggy, or blurry photos may require fish deductions and up to DQ's.

    • The measuring board or tape is too light/dark to read measurements may require deductions and up to DQ.

    • Photos should be taken from directly above the fish on the measuring board/tape.  If a photo has been deemed to give additional length because of the photo angle expect deductions and possible DQ.

    • If the entire fish is not in the picture expect a DQ.  

  • 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 whatever you want and the judges will remove it from the standings, but download it and use it on social media, website, etc.

  • Finally, this is a fun event and we expect all anglers to police themselves.  We DO NOT want to deduct length or DQ fish, but all fish must not only face our judges scrutiny but every other angler who has paid to participate.  Take steps to ensure you can submit the best photo possible and do not rely on us to decipher your submissions.​​

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Eligible Water

  • Please refer to what defines eligible water at the bottom of the Rules page.

  • If you have a question about eligible water and a possible location don't hesitate to email buckeyekayakfishingtrail@gmail.com

  • 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. 

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How to Measure Multi-Species  Fish

1. Put the approved measuring device on your lap or on deck of your kayak with the zero mark (Fence) of the board on the left side.

 

2. Lay your catch on the board with the mouth facing to the left and the top of the fish facing away from you (see the picture directly above this text).  If the fish is larger than the board, exceptions can be made about the head facing to the left.

 

3. Mouth should be closed.  Certain species will be difficult to close the mouth so try your absolute best when possible.  If it is determined that an open mouth extends the length of a fish expect a deduction.  

  • Fish grips are permitted for all fish submissions.  That rule is in place to make it simple to explain, but in reality anglers should only use them as a last resort and for toothy and/or larger species of fish.  If you use fish grips and they open the mouth and/or extend the length of the fish expect deductions.

 

4. Make sure the lip of the fish is touching the zero mark (edge of bump board).  When taking your picture make sure nothing covers the view of the lip touching the edge of the board including your hand, arm, identifier, etc.  The lip touching the bump board and zero mark must be seen or there will be a deduction and possibly a DQ on the photo!

 

5. Hold the camera above the fish pointing downward and take the picture. Pictures taken at "advantageous" angles may receive a deduction or face possible disqualification. 

 

6. Check the picture for the following:

        *Lip is visibly touching the zero mark

        *Total length of the fish is easily seen

        *Kayak is in the picture

*All fish will be rounded down to the nearest 1/4 inch, or last visible marking.

 

*Be sure to take extra care when performing these steps and treat the catch with the utmost respect!

 

IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES LISTED ABOVE THE FISH MAY BE DISQUALIFIED!

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