Hosted by Maine Yak Anglers, the first Elite Kayak Fishing event of 2022 will take place on May 21, 2022, on beautiful Messalonskee Lake, part of the Belgrades chain of lakes located in the Belgrades region of Maine.
Messalonskee Lake has a healthy population of largemouth and smallmouth bass, with the latter being the most prominent black bass species. Anglers can expect to catch fish shallow and deep, with weeds, rocks, humps, docks, islands, and many other features bass love scattered across the lake.
This event will be a dual event with Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF), who are running two consecutive Trail Events this weekend—one on Saturday, another on Sunday. Anglers are not obligated to fish both trails, but are more than welcome to do so.
Long Pond may be added to the eligible bodies of water depending on the amount of anglers that register.
OFFICIAL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Entry Fee: $130.00
Optional Double Down Entry Fee: $120.00
Tournament Format: CPR (catch-photo-release)
Minimum Length: 12.00 inches
Number of Fish: 5-fish limit
The optional Double Down entry fee is a winner-takes-all side pot. The angler with the biggest limit who also doubled down (paid an additional $120) wins the entire pot!
EVENT HQ/CHECK-IN/AWARDS CEREMONY
Location: Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, ME (click here for directions)
Lodging is available at Snow Pond, but it is limited to just Thursday, May 19, to Monday, May 23, this season. Nightly rates and dinner options are as follows:
One-Bedroom Cottage: $130
Two-Bedroom Cottage: $165
Three-Bedroom Cottage: $210
Dorm Room: $40
To guarantee a cottage or dorm room, make your reservation **before** December 31, after which time they will made available to the general public.
As of this time, anyone *staying* on the Snow Pond campus or attending the BBQ or lobster dinner **must be fully vaccinated**. Snow Pond is following state guidelines. It is out of their and our hands, unfortunately.
Anyone may **wear a mask** and join us for the awards ceremonies Saturday and Sunday at the outdoor amphitheater.
Optional Friday Night BBQ: $15
Optional Saturday Night Lobster Dinner: $30
E-mail Christa Johnson here or call 207-465-9648 to make a reservation.
FRIDAY, MAY 20
Pre-fishing Deadline: 4:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 5:00 PM
Mandatory Weed Inspection: 5:00 PM
Captain’s Meeting: 6:00 PM
Identifier Code Release: 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 21
Earliest Launch: 5:30 AM
Competition Start (Lines In): 6:00 AM
Competition End (Lines Out): 2:00 PM
Photo Upload Deadline: 3:00 PM
Check-in Deadline: 4:00
Awards Ceremony: 4:15 PM
Launch from any public-access launch point contiguous with eligible water. Boundaries include the entirety of the lake, including all tributaries as far as one may paddle/float to the first impassible barrier (i.e. dam, waterfall, etc), except where noted below.
Per request by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Belgrade Stream is **off limits** for this event. Anglers may cast under the Route 27 bridge, but your kayak must not go under it.
See KBF rule #5 for more details on competition areas and eligible water.
APPROVED MEASURING DEVICE
You may use one of three approved measuring devices, all made by Ketch Products: the original Ketch Board, the Ketch X board, or the Ketch Karbonate board.
Anglers using any other measuring device will have their fish denied.
TOURNAMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
We will be using the Fishing Chaos platform to manage our events. Anglers are required to have an account with them and download the app.
There are two pricing plans available—monthly and annual—or you can opt to pay a small event fee instead.
New for 2022: Our events will also be professionally handled and judged by Reel Tournament Management.
The four-digit identifier code will go live on Fishing Chaos at 8 PM. The code must be written on either an event-specific EKF identifier card (download here) or an official KBF identifier card.
Identifier codes written on anything else will result in a denied entry.
ANGLER OF THE YEAR POINTS
Max Points: 600
Click here to see how our points system works.
All competitors are required to have a valid state fishing license. Purchase one online at this location.
For a full refund (less credit card processing fees), cancelations must be received no later than the Friday before the event.
EKF is not responsible for any refunds of expenses related to travel or lodging reservations or other payments involving third parties.
Competitors who place in the top 5 at any regular-season EKF event or finish in the top 50 in the Angler of the Year race during our first four events qualify for the Championship in October.
Competitors who finish in the top 10% in the overall Angler of the Year race (which includes the championship) and are also Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) members prior to the event will qualify to compete in the KBF National Championship.
Payouts equal 100% of net entry fees (gross entry fees less a $10.00 admin fee per angler, which goes toward credit card processing fees, judging fees, permit fees, venue rental costs, trophies, etc., and a $5 hold-back for the championship pot).
For a full rundown of our series and Double Down payout structures, click here.
RESULTS & PRIZE PAYOUT
All announced results are unofficial until after the 24-hour dispute window closes and all disputes have been resolved. EKF will then distribute payments via PayPal Funds Transfer to the email address provided during event registration or to your Fishing Chaos Wallet.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us here.