LIKBF RULE CLARIFICATION AND Introduction to LIKBF Rules – note we follow KBF Rules

  1. Every LIKBF Competitive Event shares the same KBF Rules foundation, the KBF Competition Rules Standards.

  2. That foundational set is supplemented by additional rules reflecting each event’s unique opportunities, features, and restrictions. These supplemental rules are included on each Competitive Event Web page under the subhead, “KBF Competition Rules Addendum.”

  3. Together these two rules sets—Standards and Addenda—comprise the complete set of KBF Rules imposed for each KBF Competitive Event.

  4. As a condition for participation in a LIKBF/KBF Competitive Event, each Competitor is required to become familiar with all the applicable KBF Rules and voluntarily agrees to abide by them.

  5. KBF Management and tournament directors make every effort to ensure the rules are complete, concise, and comprehensible. Our aims are to ensure that competitors understand KBF’s expectations and guidelines and that directors and judges will administer them objectively and impartially.

  6. Rules are revised or supplemented from time to time for clarification or to cover issues not previously addressed. When these changes are made, notification are communicated on Facebook and in the Kayak Bass Fishing Forum 



  7. Fishing Tackle, Equipment, and Methods
    A. All fish must be caught live, the Competitor using only equipment and legal methods that comply with all sportfishing statutes and regulations of the states and body of water in which they are taken. Competitors are responsible for research of and compliance with all applicable fishing and boating regulations. Snatching or snagging fish is not permitted. When visually fishing a bed for spawning bass, to be admissible all bass must be hooked inside the mouth. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
    B. All fish must be caught on rod, reel, line and hook with artificial lures only. No traps, snares, set lines or other methods of fishing other than rod, reel and line are permissible, even if legal under state game laws. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
    C. Acceptable measuring boards include the Hawg Trough manufactured by Hagen’s (pictured below), a FishStik Version 2 (with Bump Board Arrows and Lock Slide) and the Ketch Co Measuring Board. Measuring boards may be shortened by removing inches from the upper end (opposite the fence) For example, one may cut a measuring board off at the 26 inch mark in order to fit crossways between a watercraft’s gunwales. However, it may not be broken, snapped, or cut apart and then reassembled at any point between the two ends. A crack that does not separate the measuring board into pieces and does not affect the measuring board’s accuracy may be repaired and reinforced for use. Violation will result in denial of photo.

    D. Competitors may share measuring boards.
    E. A break of the measuring board’s fence may be mended for use if the repair is rigid, flat and at a right angle to the measuring surface. The mended measuring board must be submitted to the Tournament Director, personally or by two or more emailed photographs that clearly show (i.) the mended area and (ii.) a side view of the measuring surface and the fence. Violation will result in denial of photo.
    F. Each competitor must use a mobile phone with camera or a digital camera or video camera capable of producing still photos with memory card and/or download cable to submit digital photographs. When a Competitor’s smart phone becomes inoperable or is lost, he may share smart phones with other Competitors, provided each Competitor logs into his own TMS account in order to submit photos of fish he caught. Competitor under the same circumstances may share digital cameras, provided each Competitor can clearly and positively identify photos of the fish he caught. Violation will result in denial of photo.
    G. Only artificial lures and biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No live bait, preserved bait, or prepared bait will be permitted during competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
    H. Only ONE casting, spin-casting, spinning, or fly rod and reel may be in use at any one time. A rod and reel is considered to be “in use” when a lure attached to it by a line is in or on the water. A hung lure (one snagged in an overhanging tree) that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and the attached rod and reel may be set aside while another is in use.
    I. Nets and grippers (e.g., Fish Grip, Boga-Grip) may be used for landing fish during tournament competition, but grippers must not remain attached to the fish in photos. Violation will result in denial or disqualification of the photo.
    J. If a Competitor breaks his line while setting the hook or retrieving a fish, he is allowed to make an attempt with the rod being used or by hand to secure the line and land the fish to be counted as legal. He may NOT hook the line with another lure, rod and reel, or other device. If a Competitor loses his rod and reel while landing a fish he MAY use another rod and reel to retrieve the lost outfit. If after retrieval, the fish is still hooked, it may be landed, photographed, and submitted as a legal fish. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.


  8. Watercraft & Propulsion
    A. Watercraft acceptable for use in KBF Competition are:
    i. Small, narrow, single-hull watercraft not exceeding 44 inches in hull width and 17 feet in hull length, or 18 feet in combined hull length plus attachments, and…
    ii. that the manufacturer identifies and sells as a kayak, including inflatable kayaks and modular kayaks
    iii. Stand-up paddleboards (SUP)
    iv. Canoes
    v. Other watercraft specifically approved as exceptions in advance of competition by KBF Management.
    Approved exceptions for 2019 are: • Blue Sky Boatworks 360 Angler • Biyak
    If unsure about the acceptability of a watercraft, contact KBF Management in advance for eligibility determination.

    vi. Unless approved as exceptions by KBF Management, the following watercraft may not be used in competition:
    a. Gas- or liquid-fueled motorized or hybrid fuel/electric powerboats or personal watercraft
    b. Sailboats
    c. Jon boats
    d. Pirogues, coracles, and rowboats
    e. Dinghies and skiffs
    f. Float tubes, inflatable rafts, and rigid inflatable boats (e.g., Zodiac)
    g. Pontoon boats, pontoon-style pond boats, twin-hull watercraft, or similar.
    Use of watercraft in competition other than those listed above as acceptable or exceptions will result in disqualification from the Event.

    B. Watercraft propulsion is restricted to paddle, pedal, pole, or electric motor.
    C. Unless specifically prohibited in the KBF Event Rules Addendum, use of a single electric propulsion unit per watercraft in KBF-sanctioned competition is approved with the following restrictions:
    i. Competitors must comply with all boating regulations pertaining to motorized kayak/electric-propulsion watercraft registration, use, and operating restrictions for the designated fishing area. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
    ii. Electric motor used to propel a watercraft:
    a. must be attached to the kayak in a safe manner for operation, and
    b. may not exceed the lesser of (a.) manufacturer’s labeled Maximum HP/Thrust Capacity, (b.) 3 HP, or (c.) 155 foot-pound thrust. Violation of either condition will result in disqualification from the Event.

    D. Towing, transport or relocation assistance from another watercraft, including “mothershipping,” is NOT permitted except in cases of emergency, as when pulling a kayak from a danger zone or restricted area. Once the emergency has ended, the Competitor may resume fishing only if the watercraft was pulled no more than 100 yards from the danger zone. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
    E. Trolling (i.e., lure(s) attached to a single rod and towed behind a watercraft while underway) is permitted in KBF Competition.


  9. Photo Standards — Digital photographs of each fish submitted to judges for scoring must meet these criteria:
    A. Unique—Each digital photo submitted by the same Competitor in each Event must be of a different fish. Subsequent digital photos of the same fish submitted by the Competitor in an Event will be denied.
    LIKBF Suggestion: A FIX TO THIS IS TO TAKE A PHOTO IN BETWEEN EACH CATCH (Hawg Trough Empty/Scenery)

    B. Visible/Legible—Each photo must be in sharply focused and clear enough for a judge to:
    i. Verify the correct Identifier Form and Event ID Code. Inability of the judge to verify will result in denial of photo.
    ii. Verify the fish’s condition. Violation will result in denial of photo.
    iii. Verify the fish’s length. Judge will score fish at the greatest length of which he is certain.
    iv. Verify whether the bass’ jaw or lip, or the redfish’s nose, is in contact with the measuring board fence. Inability of the judge to verify will result in a penalty of 1 inch.
    v. Except where covered by hand or fingers, the entire fish, from its mouth/jaw to the tip of its caudal (tail) fin, must be visible in photos. If either end is covered or cropped off, the photo will be denied.


    C. Centered—Camera lens positioned directly over the center of the fish’s body, which contributes to accurate measurement by judges. Photos taken at a low angle in order obscure an open mouth may be denied or penalized at the Tournament Director’s discretion.


    D. First-generation—Each digital photo must be a first-generation image (not a photo or screen-shot of another photo). Violation will result in denial of photo.
    Photos submitted for scoring that, in judges’ opinions, contain evidence of a possible disqualifying infraction—including photos that appear to have been cropped or modified (e.g, image enhanced or filtered) in such a way as to obscure infractions—will be accepted with a score of 0.01″ and a note indicating the nature of the infraction is emailed to the Competitor. The Tournament or Series Director will review all such photos and will make any disqualification ruling. The Director may also contact Competitors to request submission of original un-cropped, un-filtered photos for further review and verification. Failure by Competitors to respond or refusal to submit the original photo will result in denial of the photo.

    E. Identifiable—Official KBF Identifier Form above, below, or beside that fish (not covering any portion of the fish, unless attached to the Competitor’s hand or arm). Neither a hand-drawn form nor an image of the KBF Identifier Form on a smart phone are permissible. Violation will result in denial of photo. LIKBF Suggestion:


    F. Background—Competitor’s watercraft clearly visible in the photograph. Violation will result in denial of photo. LIKBF Suggestion: SEE IMAGES OF ACCEPTABLE SUBMISSIONS ATTACHED
    G. Hand Position. i. In bass competition, hand or finger(s) may NOT be in contact with the caudal peduncle (fleshy, scaled part of the bass’ body at the base of the caudal fin) or not touching any portion of the caudal fin (tail fin). Violation will result in denial of photo.

    ii. No portion of a hand or finger may be under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap). Violation will result in denial of photo.
    H. Mouth
    i. Bass’ lip or jaw must be in contact with measuring board fence (bump board, upright), and the fence must be visible in the photo. Violation will result in denial of photo.
    ii. In bass fishing competition, a closed mouth is preferred for uniformity of measurement. If judge considers the mouth to be open, even if it is structurally unable to close, a one-inch penalty will be assessed.
    I. Not “In-possession.” In most states, though not all, unless a fish is secured by a restraint device or is placed in a holding container, state regulatory agencies do not consider it to be “in possession” by Competitors, so states’ minimum length regulations do not apply for photo submissions. If Event takes place in a state where photographing a fish constitutes “possession,” and a photo is submitted of a fish that does not comply with state size limits, the photo will be denied. (Refer to regulatory compliance, Rule 7.A.)


  10. Scoring
    A. Fish length is determined by its caudal fin (tail fin) touching or crossing the quarter-inch ridge/line on the measuring board. If it falls short of a 1/4-inch mark, the length is rounded down to the next lower 1/4-inch mark that the bass’ caudal fin actually touches or crosses.
    B. If any portion of a fish’s caudal (tail) fin extends off the measuring board, the score will be determined by the highest 1/4-inch measurement reached or crossed by the portion of caudal fin on the Measuring Board. Any portion of the caudal fin extending off the Measuring Board is not considered in scoring.
    C. Tournament ranking, contingency awards, Angler of the Year Points, Challenge Points, and Championship qualification shall be determined by the aggregate length of each Competitor’s photos remaining on the Leader Board when judging has concluded and the Dispute Period has closed. Unless otherwise stipulated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum:
    i. In one-day tournaments the scores of the five longest fish on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.
    ii. In two-day tournaments, the scores of the five longest fish of Day 1 and the five longest fish on Day 2 on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.
    D. If a Competitor’s photo is denied by a judge after end-of-competition, it may be automatically replaced by a previously submitted and auto-culled photo; however, no Competitor may submit a replacement photo after end-of-competition time.
    E. In the event of a tie in score, the tied competitors’ longest (highest-scored) fish are compared, and the tie breaks in favor of the competitor with the longest (highest-scoring) fish. If the longest fish are equal, the second-longest fish are compared and determine which competitor wins the tie. If the second-longest are identical, the process repeats for each of the remaining fish. If all of the tied competitors’ highest scoring fish are identical, then the tie breaks in favor of the competitor whose last Leader Board photo was uploaded earliest.
    F. KBF judges apply the following scoring criteria to adjust measurements, approve or deny photos, and to penalize photos by deducting points (length) or disqualifying a Competitor.

    Item - Photo Scoring Criteria - Penalty
    a. Photo Blurry photo/length unclear: scored at the highest mark of which there is no doubt -  N/A 
    b. Photo Blurry photo; completely unable to judge - Deny
    c. Photo Appears to be second-generation (e,g, screen shot, photo of photo) - Deny
    d. Photo EXIF data and other evidence substantiates photo taken outside of Eligible Water boundaries - Deny
    e. Photo EXIF data, other evidence substantiates photo was taken outside of competition hours - Deny
    f. Photo Multiple digital photos submitted of the same fish; unintentional violation - Deny
    g. Photo Multiple digital photos submitted of the same fish; evidence indicates intentionally - Ban
    h. Photo Competitor’s watercraft not visible in photo background - Deny
    i. Photo Entire fish not in picture - Deny
    j. Orientation Fish positioned with right side of body toward camera; head pointing right and caudal fin left - Deny
    k. Orientation Fish positioned with dorsal fins at bottom of photo, pelvic and anal fins upward - Deny
    l. Identifier Official identifier Form missing, counterfeit, or incorrect for event - Deny
    m. Identifier Identifier Form is lying on or covering any portion of the fish - Deny
    n. Identifier Incorrect Event ID Code for Event - Deny
    o. Fish Secured by restraining device (e.g., stringer, tape, or clip attached to fish) - Deny
    p. Fish Photo violates state regulations regarding possession - Deny
    q. Species Photo of any species or variety of fish other than that approved for the Competition - Deny
    r. Body Bass caudal fin (tail fin) tip fails to reach 12.00″ line on measuring board - Deny
    s. Body Redfish caudal fin (tail fin) tip fails to reach 16.00″ line on measuring board - Deny
    t. Body Redfish caudal fin (tail fin) tip touches or passes 27.00″ line on measuring board - Deny
    u. Body Any portion of a hand or fingers under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap) - Deny
    v. Body Finger(s) or hand touching a bass’ caudal (tail) fin - 1.00″
    w. Body Hand touching or covering any part of a redfish in front of operculum or behind anal fin, per diagram - Deny
    x. Body Entire caudal (tail) fin entirely lifted away and out of contact with the measuring board - Deny
    y. Body Left eye covered; not visible in photo - Deny
    z. Body Fish appears to have been snagged, snatched, or hooked in the body rather than mouth - Deny
    aa. Body Fish appears to be dead, mutilated, frozen, mangled, or otherwise damaged - Deny
    ab. Body Fish appears to have been mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered to increase its length - Deny
    ac. Mouth Bass lip or jaw or redfish nose clearly not touching measuring board fence (upright end plate) - Deny
    ad. Mouth Unable to ascertain with certainty that bass lip or jaw or redfish nose is touching measuring board fence - 1.00″
    ae. Mouth Mouth open, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely. 1.00″


  11. Penalties
    A. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such penalties as deemed appropriate, including without limitation, the following:
    i. Reduction of score (length) as described above or determined by the Tournament Director
    ii. Loss of catch for the day or up until the violation has been remedied
    iii. Disqualification from the tournament in question
    iv. Any additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of Competitor of Year points. Subject to the dispute and appeal processes set forth below, the Tournament Director’s decisions on violations are final.

    B. Following a review of evidence, a determination by KBF Director of Operations of cheating or conviction of fraud will result in permanent revocation of KBF Membership, suspension from all Kayak Bass Fishing competition and KBF-affiliated Events, and series, and revocation of all KBF Social Media privileges. The findings will be published on a password-protected KBF Members-only web page.
    C. Competitor acknowledges that (i.) the use of polygraph tests may be necessary to verify compliance with rules and to settle disputes and (ii.) entry constitutes acceptance of this requirement and agreement to abide by its conclusion. Refusal by a Competitor to submit to a polygraph test is grounds for immediate disqualification from the KBF Event and prohibition against future participation in any KBF-affiliated Event. Results of a polygraph test will not be the sole determining factor in a KBF Management Review of a Competitor’s eligibility for awards and qualification for future participation but may be one of several factors considered in such review.
    D. KBF Director of Operations shall
    i. Have the discretion to determine the need for a Polygraph examination.
    ii. Be responsible for (i.) selecting an independent expert to administer the polygraph test, (ii.) establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions that may be asked during the test examination, and (iii.) interpreting the results. iii. Have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test nearest KBF headquarters with respect to all concerned parties schedule and travel cost.

    E. The Competitor shall: i. Make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director ii. Cooperate in all respects with such test.
    F. Competitors may be selected at random to undergo polygraph examinations during or following KBF competitive Events.


Tournament Rules 
Article I – Name and Purpose 

Section 1: Name 

This club shall be called: (LIKBF) LONG ISLAND KAYAK BASS FISHING
Section 2: Purpose 
To stimulate public awareness of kayak bass fishing as a major sport. To improve our skills as bass anglers through fellowship and the friendly exchange of bass-catching techniques and ideas. To organize and conduct select fishing events and to act as the caretakers of the environment.


Article II - Membership 
Section 1: Number of Members 
The club shall begin with and maintain at least 10 members. 
Section 2: Requirements for Membership 
To become a club member, a person shall: 
(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership. 
(b) Be recommended for membership by a member of the club (excepting charter members). 
(c) Be voted on by membership in a regular meeting. Voting will NOT be held in the candidate’s presence and vote affirmation
shall be unanimous
(d) Be at least
18 years of age or have parental consent.
(e) All anglers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all events (Parent or Guardian must obtain club membership along with child)
(f) All future potential members must attend a
minimum of 1 meeting and fish 1 event as a guest prior to obtaining club membership.
Section 3: Dues 
The club membership dues shall be $100 annually and paid on or before April 1st annually, or on being voted into the club.
Section 4: Meetings of Members 
The membership shall hold regular meetings at pre-established times. 

Article III – Officers, elections, Vacancies and Eligibility 
Section 1: Officers and their Duties 

The officers of this club shall consist of: 

President: Presides over all regular club meetings and directs all official business. Supervises all club functions. Votes only as a tie-breaker. 

Vice President: Assists the president in his/her duties and presides in the absence of the president.

Secretary: Maintains accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the chapter president. Maintains all member tournament results, rankings and essential data ( including records of apparel sales) Obtains all permits / or obtains permission to host all tournaments on the schedule. Communicates with other Clubs to prevent double-booked tournaments. Researches charities and locations for club events. 

Treasurer: Collects and disburses all monies. Maintains accurate financial records and presents a current treasurer’s report at each regular meeting. Prepares an annual audit for review by the club Board of Directors. 

Tournament Director: The tournament director shall plan, organize and be in charge of operating all club tournaments. Draft tournament schedules and rules, which must be approved by the general membership. Keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. 

The above club officers shall constitute the Club Board of Directors. 

Section 2: Elections 
The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of FEBRUARY. Election shall be by simple majority of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 1. 
Section 3: Eligibility of vote 
Each member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are not permitted. 

Section 4: Term of Office 
The term of each office shall be one year, which shall begin on the first day of MARCH and end on the last day of OCTOBER or until the successor assumes office. 
Section 5: Vacancies 
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office. 
Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office 
To be eligible for an office a member must: 
(a) Have been a club member for six months (waived during the first 12 months of club existence) and, 
(b) Have attended at least 70% of the club meetings and 70% of club functions during the current 12-mont period. 
(c) Have shown an active interest in all chapter functions. 

Section 7: Removal of membership 
A member shall be removed from the club membership roll for any one of the following: 
(a) Failure to pay dues. 
(b) Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the club. 
(c) Disqualification for use of drugs or alcohol, or continued unsafe boating practices. 
Removal must be voted on and approved by a majority of the voting club members. 

Article IV: Tournament Rules and Regulations 
Section 1: Tournament Locations and Rules 

Club tournament locations will be reviewed and amended (see Article V Section 1) as necessary by the Board of Directors. Club Rules will be reviewed and amended by KBF and LIKBF will follow all KBF rules at all times.The board will present the membership with tournament locations and rules prior to the first tournament each year and will attach a copy of these by-laws as an addendum. 

ARTICLE V – Method of Amending the Bylaws 
Section 1: Amending the Bylaws 
These bylaws and tournament rules may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-third vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote. 
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED Board of Directors, do hereby certify the above bylaws and the continued commencement of the club on this the ______day of _____________, 20__. 
VICE PRESIDENT________________________________ 
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR________________________________



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