NEW RULES

The Midwest Kayak Fishing Series has been converted to an all-bass series for 2018. The series begins in April running through August with four online events, FIVE LIVE events scheduled throughout the region, and to conclude with a Regional Championship at Lake Wanahoo in Wahoo, NE on August 11th,2018.

 2018 MKFS MEMBERSHIP FEE: $25.00: Membership fees will be used to cover the administrative costs.

 

Anglers will compete throughout the series to earn AOY points. ALL (3) online event AOY points will be tallied, your best (2/4) LIVE event AOY points will be tallied, and AOY points earned at the Regional Championship will be tallied. The angler with the most AOY points after the Regional Championship will be crowned the 2018 Midwest Kayak Fishing Series Champion and win the GRAND PRIZE to include a 2018 Hobie Pro Angler 12.

YOU MUST HAVE COMPETED IN ALL 3 AOY POINT ONLINE EVENTS + 2/4 MONTHLY LIVE EVENTS + REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE ELIGIBLE – SEE SCHEDULE BELOW.

 

  • April Online (not required to participate – anglers choice)
    • $30 Buy-In
    • Best 5 Bass
    • NO AOY POINTS AWARDED
  • APRIL LIVE – Tournament Director (David Cruz)
    • LIVE EVENT: April 7th @ Big Hill Lake, KS
    • Buy In $50
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace: 200 points
    • 2ndPlace – 198 points
    • 3rdPlace – 196 points
  • May Online
    • $30 Buy-In
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace –100 points
    • 2ndPlace – 98 points
    • 3rdPlace – 96 points
  • MAY LIVE – Tournament Director (Eric Hansen)
    • LIVE EVENT: May 5th @ Table Rock Lake, MO
    • Buy In $50
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace: 200 points
    • 2ndPlace – 198 points
    • 3rdPlace – 196 points
  • June Online
    • $30 Buy-In
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace – 100 points
    • 2ndPlace – 98 points
    • 3rdPlace – 96 points
  • JUNE LIVE – Tournament Director (Tyler Cole)
    • LIVE EVENT: June 9th @ La Crosse, WI
    • Buy In $50
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1st Place: 200 points
    • 2nd Place: 198 points
    • 3rd Place: 196 points
  • JUNE LIVE – Tournament Director (Tyler Cole)
    • LIVE EVENT: June 30th@ 12 Mile Lake, IA
    • Buy In $50
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace: 200 points
    • 2ndPlace – 198 points
    • 3rdPlace – 196 points
  • July Online
    • $30 Buy-In
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace – 100 points
    • 2ndPlace – 98 points
    • 3rdPlace – 96 points
  • JULY LIVE – Tournament Director (Shane Olson)
    • LIVE EVENT: July 7th @ Lake Millie Lacs, MN
    • Buy In $50
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace: 200 points
    • 2ndPlace – 198 points
    • 3rdPlace – 196 points
  • MKFS Regional Championship Event – Tournament Director (Nate Gloria) 
    • LIVE EVENT: August 11th, 2018 @ Lake Wanahoo, NE
    • Buy In $100
    • Best 5 Bass
    • 1stPlace: 300 points
    • 2ndPlace – 298 points
    • 3rdPlace – 296 points
    • All participants must sign a liability release before the start of the competition.
    • Participants under the age of 18 will need parent/guardian present to sign a liability release before the start of the competition.
    • All participants must have a valid fishing license in the State of which they’re competing and follow all rules and regulations per state.
    • All participants must sign a liability release before the start of the competition.
    • Participants under the age of 18 will need parent/guardian present to sign a liability release before the start of the competition.
    • All participants must have a valid fishing license in the State of which they’re competing and follow all rules and regulations per state.

Please Read Rules! 

Participation & Eligibility:

The tournament series is open to all anglers within the Midwest Region provided they meet the requirements and honor all rules and regulations stated. The Midwest Kayak Fishing Series Champion also must not reside in one of the “Midwest States” but most compete within the described Midwest region which includes the following states: CO, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, IA, MO, KS, IL, WI, MN and participate in ALL online events, 2/4 monthly LIVE events, and the Regional Championship. An angler is deemed ineligible for participation if they are actively banned in any other group, club, and/or organization.

Liability and Release Requirements:

  1. All participants must sign a liability release before the start of the competition.
  2. Participants under the age of 18 will need parent/guardian present to sign a liability release before the start of the competition.
  3. All participants must have a valid fishing license in the State of which they’re competing and follow all rules and regulations per state.

Membership/Entry Fees:

  1. Membership fees are $25.00 per person. These fees will be used for administrative costs.
  2. Entry fees are $30 per Online Event, $50 per monthly Live Event, and $100 for the Regional Championship. A $5.00 processing fee will apply when registering for each tournament that will be used to pay for the use of TourneyX Management System.
  3. Payments are due before the official start time of each event. If an angler wishes to join the series late, the angler will be required to pay the $25.00 membership fee before the competition.
  4. All participants will be required to pay the entry fee prior to fishing.
  5. All participants will be required to complete a SIGNED waiver prior to the start of the Live Event competition.

Eligible Watercraft:

  1. Only man powered kayaks will be allowed. No gasoline, electric motors, sailboats, airboats, canoes, or air tubs will be allowed. Accommodations can be made for special needs anglers on a case to case basis, and are at the discretion of the tournament director.
  2. All fish must be taken from your kayak. You are not permitted to leave your kayak to fish from shore.
  3. Only one paid entrant per kayak.

 

Registration:

  1. Registration will be open until 11:59 pm the day before competition for ALL events. If an online event begins on May 1st, you will be required to register the day before by 11:59 pm. If a LIVE event begins on August 11th, you will be required to register the day before by 11:59 pm.
  2. All tournaments will be conducted through TourneyX Management System. TourneyX will offer registration, photo-submissions, and real-time tournament standing. You do NOT have to be a TourneyX member to participate.

 

Pre-Fishing:

  1. Monthly Live Event – Pre-Fishing is allowed until 4:00 pm the Friday before the competition. Pre-Fishing closes at 4:00 pm. ABSOLUTELY NO LINES IN THE WATER AFTER PRE-FISHING HAS CLOSED.
  2. Regional Championship – Pre-Fishing is allowed until 8:00pmthe Thursday before the competition. Pre-Fishing closes at 8:00 pm. ABSOLUTELY NO LINES IN THE WATER AFTER PRE-FISHING HAS CLOSED.
  3. Any lines in the water during CLOSED periods will result in a disqualification of participation at the discretion of the tournament director. Entry fees will not be refunded.

Launch Point/Road Runner:

To Be Determined Based On Lake/Event

  1. Monthly Live Event – These events will be considered road runners. Participants can head to their destination but may not begin fishing until official start time. ABSOLUTELY NO LINES IN THE WATER UNTIL OFFICIAL START TIME.
  2. Regional Championship – This event will be a shotgun start and anglers may not begin fishing until the horn has sounded. All participants will abide by the “shotgun start” after the official Captains Meeting has concluded.

Fishing Methods:

  1. Only artificial baits/lures/flies and hand tied flies will be permitted for use during all events.
  2. NO live bait or dead bait will be allowed during any competition in the series. Worms are permitted.
  3. Rod/Reel and Fly Rods are the only acceptable devices approved for use.

 

Safety Regulations:

  1. PFD must be worn while in competition. Violators will be immediately disqualified.
  2. No alcohol, illegal substances, or non-prescribed drugs may be used at any time while participating in any event. This includes from the time the competition starts (Captains Meeting) until the time awards have been awarded.
  3. Drug and Alcohol use is strictly prohibited. Any participant found to be under the influence or within reasonable suspicion will be disqualified, entry fee’s non-refunded, and receive a score of 0.

General Rules:

  1. No fish will be kept on stringers, baskets, ice chests, etc.
  2. All fish will be immediately released unharmed after a CPR photo has been taken.
  3. Anyone fish can only be submitted once per event. It is the angler’s responsibility to ensure that all fish submitted are different and failure to do so will result in a disqualification of the duplicate fish. A secondary fish will NOT be allowed for submission after the photo submission period has ended and/or the event has concluded.
  4. Attendance at Captains Meeting is mandatory during all Live Events.

 

Qualifying Fish:

  1. Catch, Photo, and Release alive only.
  2. All events are your best 5 fish limit by total length.
  3. Approved fish for the competition are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Spotted Bass.
  4. Your kayak must be visible in all photo submissions.
  5. All fish will be scored by .25” increments. If a fish is scored is slightly under the nearest .25”, the measurement will be rounded down.

 

Weigh-In (Measure In) for Live Event:

  1. ALL anglers must return to the designated site at the determined time given by the Tournament Director at the Captains Meeting.
  2. ALL fish must be submitted to TourneyX ONE HOUR after the end of competition. (Example: If the competition ends at 3:00pm, all fish must be submitted to TourneyX by 4:00pm.) If an angler encounters issues uploading their fish, they must contact the Tournament Director before the photo submission window has closed. Failure to do so will not allow for the fish to be submitted. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Judging of Submitted Fish:

  1. Participants photos will be judged and scored by a panel designated by the Tournament Staff.
  2. Photos that do not meet requirements will be disqualified.
  3. No participants will be allowed in the scoring area while the judging is taking place unless approved by the Tournament Director(s).
  4. The Tournament Director and Staff will be solely responsible and retain the right to declare any photos unacceptable.
  5. After prizes are awarded, the tournament is declared complete. A 24-hour protest window will begin from the time competition ends.
  6. All fish are deemed acceptable at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

 

Recording Your Catch:

  1. Recording of fish is completed by the CPR (Catch, Photo, Release) method. Anglers are solely responsible for the uploading of their fish to TourneyX.com.
  2. The approved measuring device is the Hawg Trough.
  3. The identifier must be present in the photo without obstruction. If the identifier is three letters, ALL three letters must be clearly visible.
  4. The fish should be positioned with the face to the left and the dorsal fin up.
  5. The mouth should be closed and touching the front of the measuring device.
    • . 00” STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR OPEN MOUTH FOR ALL TOURNAMENTS (Online Events/Live Events)
  1. An open mouth is considered when the color of the Hawg Trough is visible through the opening of the mouth.
  1. The measuring device may cause a pinching of the tail. This will not result in a deduction in the scoring of your fish. The tail must lay flat against the Hawg Trough. If it is raised from the board, you will be asked to submit an alternate photo and/or fish. If one cannot be provided, you will receive a standard 1.00” deduction.
  2. It is recommended to use a black sharpie to highlight the markings on your Hawg Trough without obstruction.
  • Photo must include the entire fish. NO obstructions.
  • Blurred photos will not be allowed.
  • Fish must face left and dorsal fin must be facing upward.
  • Tail in any position but resting flat against the Hawg Trough.
  • Fish visibly unharmed. No restraint devices allowed.
  • Markings on the measuring device must be visible and legible.
  • The assigned identifier must be completely visible.

Delays/Reschedule/Cancellation:

  1. The Tournament Director may delay, reschedule, or cancel a tournament. If canceled or rescheduled, the participants have the choice to be refunded or have their fee applied to a future scheduled event.
  2. There will be no refunds for no-shows regardless of reason. Your registration fee will be donated to Heroes On The Water.

 

Tie-Breaker:

In the event of a tie, the following criteria will decide the winner.

  1. 1stlongest fish
  2. 2ndlongest fish
  3. 3rdlongest fish
  4. Ect…

AOY POINTS:

  1. ONLINE EVENTS (excluding April): 100 AOY Points will be awarded to 1st98 AOY Points will be awarded to 2nd 96 AOY Points will be awarded to 3rd place. ETC.
  2. MONTHLY LIVE EVENTS: 200 AOY Points will be awarded to 1st198 AOY Points will be awarded to 2nd 196 AOY Points will be awarded to 3rd Place. ETC.
  3. REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: 300 AOY Points will be awarded to 1st298 AOY Points will be awarded to 2nd 296 AOY Points will be awarded to 3rd Place. ETC.
  4. FINAL AOY RANKINGS
  5. . ALL THREE (May, June July) ONLINE Events AOY Points accumulated will be scored.
  6. YOUR BEST TWO (Kansas, Iowa, Minn., Missouri) MONTHLY LIVE Event AOY Points accumulated will be scored.
  7. YOUR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Event AOY Points accumulated will be scored.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RANKINGS/AOY/GRAND CHAMPION:

After all possible events have concluded and the tally of all possible AOY Points have been scored and distributed, the angler who finishes the series with the most AOY Points will be crowned the Grand Champion and recipient of a 2018 Hobie Pro Angler 12 + cash payout(s). YOU MUST HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE MINIMUM REQUIRED EVENTS TO BE CONSIDERED/ELIGIBLE FOR AOY FINAL RANKINGS AND AOY FINAL PRIZES/CASH PAYOUTS.

  • PAID – CURRENT 2018 MKFS MEMBER.
  • PAID – ALL THREE AOY POINT ELIGIBLE ONLINE EVENTS.
  • PAID – AT LEAST TWO MONTHLY LIVE EVENTS.
  • PAID – REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

BUY IN/PAYOUT/PRIZE STRUCTURE:   

  1. MONTHLY ONLINE EVENT(s):
    • $30 BUY IN ($5.00 toward TourneyX Admin Fees) – ALL entry fees for the Monthly Online Events will be pushed toward the final cash pot for AOY Rankings. Sponsorship prizes/packages will be awarded to the Top 3 finishers each respective month.
    • April Online Event – This will be a cash payout based on participation less $5.00 TourneyX Admin Fees.
  2. MONTHLY LIVE EVENT(s):
    • $50 BUY IN ($5.00 toward TourneyX Admin Fees) – $45 toward LIVE EVENT final standings.
    • LIVE EVENT CASH PAYOUT (Top 10% – based on participation): The MKFS will work to ensure that a fair payout is stretched as far possible into the field of anglers registered for the Monthly Live Event(s).
  3. REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
    • $100 BUY IN ($5.00 toward TourneyX Admin Fees) – $45 toward LIVE EVENT final standings. $50 toward final cash pot for AOY Rankings. The $100 entry fee is required for ALL participants regardless of participation throughout the series.
    • LIVE EVENT CASH PAYOUT (25% based on participation): The MKFS will work to ensure that a fair payout is stretched as far possible into the field of anglers registered for the Regional Live Event.
    • REGIONAL CHAMPION/AOY RANKINGS PAYOUT:
    • Projected 25% of the field payout *based on participation