Hosted by Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’, the third Elite Kayak Fishing event of 2022 will be our first-ever river tournament! On July 16, 2022, anglers will face off on the Connecticut River, the longest river in New England.
Boundaries for this event will be the entire river between the northern and southern borders of Massachusetts, offering approximately fifty miles of prime smallmouth and largemouth habitat to fish.
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
FRIDAY, JULY 15
Pre-fishing Deadline: 4:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 5:00 PM
Captain’s Meeting: 6:00 PM
Identifier Code Release: 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 16
Earliest Launch: 5:00 AM
Competition Start (Lines In): 5:30 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 river between the northern and southern borders of Massachusetts, including all tributaries as far as one may paddle/float to the first impassible barrier (i.e. dam, waterfall, etc).
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.