RULES

Consolidated Live Event Rules: CLICK HERE

Midwest Kayak Fishing Series starts on April 1st with three online events and a Grand Champion Live Event in July at Lake Wanahoo, NE. Live event is open to all states and regions. Final Grand prize will be a Hobie Kayak from Select Sail & Sports in Omaha, Combined we have over $10,000 in prizes. In order to be crowned The Midwest Kayak Fishing Series Champion and win the Grand Prizes to include the Hobie Kayak, you will have to compete in all 4 events and live within the Midwest states only.

Online events open on the 1st of each respective month and finish at midnight in the last day of the event’s respective month.

April Event –  Online Crappie (fish at your own pace/catch-photograph-release submissions) best three Crappies, cumulative length.
May Event – Online Bass (fish at your own pace/catch-photograph-release submissions)  best five large or small mouth bass, cumulative length.
June Event – Online Cat Fish, Bluegill and Large or Small Mouth Bass (fish at your own pace/catch-photograph-release submissions) one of each cumulative length
July Event – Live Event Largemouth Bass (Shotgun start at 7:15 AM and tournament ends at 2:00 PM) Catch-photograph-release best of five largemouth bass, cumulative length.

Youth division- All Kids Under 17 will be eligibility for all events and it will have a first and second place winner for each event.  Kids under 12 may fish with an adult on the same kayak.

Participation and Eligibility
The tournament series are 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 has to be from the “Midwest states” (live there) CO, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, IA, MO, KS, IL, WI, MN and participate in all events. The live event is the only event open to all regions and states.

Liability Release and License Requirements
1. All participants must sign a liability release before the start of the live event.
2. No participants under the age of 18 will be allow to participate during Live Event.
3. All participants must have a valid Nebraska fishing license for the live event, and follow all Nebraska Games and Parks Commission rules and regulations found here http://www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishing/guides/fishguide/fgregs.asp

Entry Fees
Entry Fees are $25 per online event, $35 for the live Event, Or $50 for all Online events or $75 for all events. FREE FOR YOUTH.

Payments are due before participating in each event. Tournament entries will be accepted after that for each event but realize that in order to be eligible to win the grand prize you have to participate in all events starting April 1st. Payments for the Live Event can be  turned in before the live event morning briefing and cash will be the ONLY accepted method of payment.

1. All participants must pay the entry fee prior to fishing.
2. Prepaid entry (through pay-pal) is acceptable. Email me if unable to use PayPal.
3. All participants will have to complete a SIGNED waiver prior to fishing the live event.

Watercraft
1. Only man powered kayaks will be allowed, no gasoline, electric motors, sailboats, air boats, or air tubs. 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.
4. No Canoes

Launch Point for Live Event
To be determined based on lake
1. All competitors must launch from shore at a designated launch spot
2. All competitors will launch at a designated launch time. (7:15 AM or soon after Captain’s briefing)
3. Anglers will be on their kayaks in the water soon after the 7:15 Roll Call and safety brief. A “shotgun start” will happen soon after.

Fishing Methods for live event
1. Only commercially available artificial baits/lures/flies and hand tied flies will be permitted.
2. No live, or dead bait may be used but worms are permitted.
3. Rod and Reel and Fly Rods are the only acceptable devices for use.

Safety Regulations for live event
1. PFD must be worn at all times while on the water. Violators will be immediately disqualified.
2. No alcohol, illegal substances, or non-prescribed drugs may be used at any time while participating at any event. This includes from the time the challenge starts (Captain’s Meeting) until the time awards are awarded
3. Drug and alcohol use is strictly prohibited. Any challenger found to be under the influence within reasonable suspicion will be disqualified, moneys 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 picture is taken.
3. Any one fish can only be submitted once.
4. Attendance at Captain’s meeting is mandatory during live event.

Qualifying Fish
1. See particular event description below.
2. Catch Photo and Release alive only
3. There will be a specified fish limit; your best (specified by event) xy fish will be your total length.

Weigh In (“measure-in”) for Live Event
ALL ANGLERS HAVE TO BE BACK BY 2:00 PM during live event.
1. All competitors’ camera memory cards must be turned in at a pre-determined designated place and time.
2. Late Check – in all participants will be given a 15 minute buffer and after the 15 minute buffer there will be a 1” penalty per 5 minutes that will be deducted from the challenger’s total. At the 30 minute mark the angler will be disqualified (no exceptions).

Judging for Live Event
1. Challenger’s photos will be judged, and scored by a panel designated by the Tournament Staff.
a. Photos that do not meet requirements will not be counted.
b. No competitors will be allowed in the scoring area while the judging is taking place.
c. The Tournament organizer and staff will be solely responsible and retain the right to declare any photos unacceptable.
d. After prizes are awarded the Tournament is declared complete.

Judging for ONLINE events
Challenger’s photos will be judged, and scored by a panel designated by the Tournament Staff. All photos must show your kayak!
1. Photos that do not meet requirements will not be counted. Measured length should be clearly visible. All fish will be scored by 1/4″ increments. If I fish is slightly under the nearest 1/4″ mark; the measurement will be rounded down. For example, if a fish is 18 inches with 1/8 of an inch, the fish will be entered and scored as an 18 inches fish. If it is 18 inches and 1/4 inch; the fish will be entered and scored as 18.25 inches.
2. The Tournament organizer and staff will be solely responsible and retain the right to declare any photos unacceptable.
3. All fish entered must be within the legal methods determined by the State Fish and Game Department in your particular state where the fish are caught.
4. All fish must be caught on rod, reel, line and hook. Live baits may be used.
5. Species are determined by each particular event. There is no minimum size requirement for photos.
6. All photos must contain the unique control identifier that will be used for each event. These identifiers will become available at 12:00 Midnight CST for each event. (Identifier must be printed out with name of angler labeled on the identifier.)
7. All fish entries must appear to be fresh and free of any obvious mutilation or mishandling. If two fish are used of the same length they must show evident signs of distinction. Eligible waters include any freshwater lake, pond, river, creek, etc.

Loading Your Pictures for the ONLINE Events
All pictures should be posted  on your account (My account) under Anglers on the “Midwest Kayak Fishing Series” website. The OPEN! icon will appear on the Event page at midnight upon the first day of the event. The identifier can be downloaded and printed the night before. The identifier must have your name printed clearly visible on the line provided. Pictures may be uploaded at any time and upgrading is encouraged. You may delete any previous pictures you will not use for judging. All entries should be labeled with your best determined fish length on an approved measuring device. We will verify the lengths in your photo. It might take several pictures to get the one you need to enter. Be sure you have good lighting and take a “clean” shot without any blur. A fish may be disqualified if the picture does not meet the expectations of the rules.

PLEASE LABEL YOUR IMAGE (Name/Crappie#1/Length) FOR EXAMPLE (JohnDoe-Crappie#1-14.25) OR SOMETHING WITHIN THOSE LINES

Recording Your Catch for the ONLINE Events
1. Recording of fish is completed by the “catch-measure-photo-release” method. Anglers  will need a quality digital camera or smartphone for photos. A picture of the fish must be over an approved measuring device and kayak must appear in the picture as well. The event identifier must appear in all photo entries. (Including “hero” shots) *A hero shot is an additional picture with the angler holding the fish and the identifier. We encourage you to use “hero” shots on larger fish that you catch and submit it via the “HERO SHOT” link.
2. Positioning of fish: The fish should be positioned with the face to the left and the dorsal fin up. The mouth should be closed and touching the front of the measuring device. (An open mouth will be a deduction of 1 inch. The tail can be in any position. The measuring device may cause a little bit of pinching and will not cause a deduction in your score.
Change 2.1 – Catfish can be on their belly as shown on the picture below. Bottom of the tail will determine fish length. There is a question being posted a few times and that is, “how will I measure a big catfish?” There are measuring boards (from CheckItStick) that are fairly long. You can also tape or staple a flexible measuring tape to your board as long as it shows clearly while matching some of the board’s markings. You can get creative as long as it shows clearly. If the fish is too big to land from a kayak and you need to get to shore, you better submit video footage of the battle. There are people landing 6′ tarpons out there so make sure that we can clearly determine that such fish was caught from your kayak. Thanks.
Catfishmeasuring

3. The measuring device should display a numerical inch marking (A black sharpie works well for making them show up better.) Images that are blurry, out of focus, dark, or underexposed and make it difficult to score accurately will be disqualified. Any fish slightly over a ¼” mark will be rounded down to the nearest quarter inch. In the event of a tie the big fish by each angler will determine the winner. If the big fish ties, we will go to the next longest fish, etc.
4. To be eligible for prizes the angler must catch at least one legal fish. The longest virtual stringer will be awarded first place, and so on.

Delays/Reschedule/Cancellation for Live event
1. Inclement Weather: The Tournament Director may delay, reschedule, or cancel a tournament.
2. If cancelled or rescheduled participants have the choice to be refunded, or have their fee applied to a future scheduled event.
3. There will be no refunds for no-shows regardless of reason, your fee will be donated to Heros On The Water

Scoring for Online Events
1. Each angler will be provided a unique identifier, and given a score card. This identifier must be fully visible and legible in the photo.
2. Your LONGEST verified lengths will be your total score. Fish will be measured to the nearest ¼” and there will be no rounding up only down.
3. The angler with the highest total score will be declared the winner.

New!
Scoring for MKFS Live Event Grand Champion!
1. After all online Events have been scored Participant will be given 1″ for each Fish scored (3 for Crappie, 5 for Bass, 3 for Multi Species)
2. Winners of each Online Event will be given an additional 3″ for First, 2″ for Second, and 1″ for Third
3. This Scoring does not Apply to Live Event Only Participants or KBF Qualifiers just MKFS Participants

Photo Criteria
PLEASE RENAME YOUR PICTURE AND LOAD IT IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT (NAME/SPECIE#NUMBER/LENGTH) FOR EXAMPLE “JOHNDOE_CRAPPIE#1_20” OR SOMETHING WITHIN THOSE LINES (ONLINE EVENTS)
1. Photo must include the entire fish
2. Fish must face the left.
3. Mouth must be closed.
4. Dorsal fin must be facing upward.
5. Tail in any position.
6. Fish visibly unharmed.
7. Markings on the measuring device must visible and legible.
8. Photos must be taken from directly above the fish, not at an angle.
9. Assigned identifier must be visible.
10. Entire fish must be visible in the picture, no obstructions.

Here are a couple of videos demonstrating the Catch-Photograph-Release procedure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIIxP3f5JPs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTP-J-YImHo

Photo Release
Participants grant event’s director and sponsors all rights to use their photos, name, voice, biographical information in any promotion, production, articles, or press releases without entitlement to royalties or compensation in connection with such use.

Photo Submission Criteria/Process during live event
1. Memory Cards are recommended to be clear of any photos prior to the event.
2. Only fish scoring pictures to be submitted.
3. Photos must be submitted in the exact order they were taken.
4. Cell phone images will be accepted.

Measuring Device
1. No sharing of measuring devices.
2. Your measuring device may be checked at any time.
3. The only approved measuring devices are the Hawg Trough, Golden Rule, Plano Expandable Bump Board, Bass Pro Shops Folding Ruler or the Rapala Folding Ruler.
4. If markings on the measuring device cannot be clearly read the fish will not be scored. ¼” increments must be visible. It is helpful to outline the marks in the Hawg Trough with a perm marker.

Rules, Interpretation, and Protests
1. All rules are decided and interpreted by the Tournament Director.
2. The Tournament Directors decisions are final.
3. Any protests shall be immediately directed to the Tournament Director.
4. Once the award ceremony begins all results are official and final even in the event of an error.

Ties during all events
In the event of a tie, the following criteria will decide the winner.
1. Biggest Fish
2. 2nd Biggest Fish
3. Time the card was submitted. (the one to turn in their memory card first, applicable to live event only).

Prizes and Awards
To be Announced!

The overall series winner will win a brand new Hobie Mirage Kayak. This is the overall winner of the 4 events including the “live” final event. The final “live” event will be a Cash Pay Out for the winners we will award one place for every 10 entries plus prizes as well.

A Youth division will be available and it will have a First and Second place winner for each Online Event and a First and Second for the Live Event (Youth Grand Champion).

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail: admin@midwestkayakfishingseries.com or check out our facebook page.