QCKBF RULES

1. Participation and Membership

You must sign a liability waiver. This will be completed as you sign up on the Tourney X Pro app.

 You will need the Tourney X pro app, and PayPal. All payments, in and out, will be done via PayPal at qckayakbassfishing@gmail.com

 Under 18 years of age need a parent’s signature at each event in order to compete.

 The tournament director has final say if an angler can or cannot fish the event.

 You must launch at the appropriate ramps during a tournament, and must use an eventlisted ramp to take out. Failure to do so will result in DQ. You must CHECK IN on the Tourney X app prior to launching, in order to verify launching location. Failure to check in will result in a DQ for the event and will not count as an event fished for the season.

 If you launch at one ramp, take out, and re launch at a new ramp, you must CHECK OUT and re CHECK IN on the Tourney X app, and you must communicate with the judges.

 Membership is a one-time optional $45 fee. Please send payment to Qckayakbassfishing@gmail.com on PayPal. This membership is only required if you are interested in qualifying for the Angler of the Year race, The Championship qualification, yearly awards, team events, Elite Series, or the monthly Online Events. Membership lasts from Jan 1st Dec 31 each year. No points or finishes count prior to payment.  Paying for an event does not mean you fished the event. You must check in at a legal ramp in order for the event to count as one of your trial events for the season.

2. State Laws

 All state laws and any regulations specific to the body of water that we are fishing must be followed, whistle rules, and light rules. Fishing in areas deemed off limits or not having a valid fishing license will result in disqualification. SC AND NC WATERS WILL BE FISHED.
 You must have a valid fishing license for the body of water we are fishing. North and South Carolina licenses are not reciprocal.
 PFD must be a class III and must be worn at all times while on the water. Inflatable vests are legal, but are not considered class III unless they are being worn. No Belts will be allowed.

3. Picture taking and submissions

 Unhinged, Metal Ketch Boards are the only legal measuring device. Can only purchase at https://ketchproducts.com/
 Your GPS must be ON IN YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS.
 Each digital photo must be a first-generation image (not a photo or screen-shot of another
photo/video). Violation will result in picture disqualification.
 You must use a QCKBF ID Card. This is available for print under the files tab on the Facebook page. The ID card can be color or Black and White. Incorrect ID card will result in the fish being disqualified.
 Your QCKBF identifier must be present in the picture. No identifier, No fish. Full ID CODE must be visible. Partial ID code will result in the picture not being accepted.
 The fish’s mouth must be closed completely, with fish facing left. The left side of the fish
must be facing up. Tail can be pinched or in a natural position. A deduction of .5” will be taken for an open mouth. ANY AMOUNT OF OPEN WILL BE A PENALTY. WE WILL NOT HAVE A PARTIAL RULE. Deformed fish will be judged the same way.
 4 fish limit. 12 inch minimum. (Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass and Small mouth bass. Fish must be caught during tournament times, and in the lake we are fishing, which will be stated prior to the event. If found you caught fish prior to the event, and turned them in for scoring, you will be Disqualified and banned from QCKBF.
 If a penalty brings the total length below 12 inches, the fish will not count.
 Fish caught within ½” of each other will need to have distinct characteristics that prove
they are not the same fish. TD will make the final decision.
 Measurement is to the nearest ¼ inch, last touched line. If the fish in laying in-between
lines, judge’s discretion will be used, but extra length should not be expected. To
eliminate any issues, make sure the tail is touching a line.
 ENTIRE fish must be visible in the picture. If the head or tail is cut off, in the picture,
the fish will not be scored.
 Any picture of a fish with anything under the gill plate, will not be scored.
 Panfish clips(metal clip) is the only allowed restraining device allowed in a picture. It may not run under the gill plate. Anything under the gill plate will result in the picture being disqualified.
 The left eye of the fish must be in the photograph or the fish will not be scored. 100% of the eye must be visible. If your finger is covering the eye or some of the eye, no score will be given. If your fish has no left eye, a video must be taken of the fish moving/swimming away, showing the fish alive. If a video is not provided, the fish will not count.
 If the fish is not touching the bump on the board, a minimum of a 1 inch penalty will be given, and any further penalty is at the judge’s discretion.
 If the tail is flipped up in the picture, not touching on the ruler, the TD will make the ruling on the last touched line on the board.
 All bass are to be released before the tournament end time. If you are found keeping black bass species after tournament times, you will receive a disqualification.
 If the directors or judges feel, you are trying to gain any advantage by manipulating a scoring device, with bend, cut, breaks, etc. Any manipulation of the board or the fish, you will be disqualified and not be welcome back in the club.
 Pictures must be submitted to Tourney X by the last submission time. If you have service or upload issues, you must be present in person at the weigh in desk BY THE LAST SUBMISSION TIME. No adjustments will be made after the last submission time unless needed by the director. If it is a virtual weigh in, the director needs to have the fish in his/her phone/email by last submission time.
 You must release your previous catch before casting again. If you are holding fish before
casting again, you will be disqualified. (Picture angle is very important. We are looking for overhead, centered pictures. Belly up angle is no good, and pictures facing down towards the bump/left, are no good. If a judge cannot see the tips of both lips touching closed due to an angle issue, you can/will be penalized for open mouth.)

4. Legal Watercraft

 This is a man powered fishing club. Only paddle or pedal powered kayak, canoe, or SUP
are legal. No electric motors or sails permitted. If any motor or sail is used, you will be disqualified. No exceptions.
 No Towing, unless injury, handicap, or loss of paddle/drive system. Towing without
these reasons will result in a disqualification of all anglers involved. If you are involved in a towing incident, please inform the judges ASAP.

5. Fishing methods

 You are only permitted to fish with rod and reel. Fly fishing is permitted.
 No intentional foul hooking will be permitted. If you are bed/sight fishing, the hook must be in the fish’s mouth to be submitted.
 It is expected that you fish at least 50 yards away from another angler unless you have
spoken to that angler. Please make your best effort to not cut anyone off. This is a curtesy rule. If you are not first to a spot, it is no longer your spot.
 Each angler must catch and land their fish inside their kayak without assistance. No wade or bank fishing. If caught wade fishing, or receiving assistance, you will be disqualified. You must be in your kayak when taking your picture and your kayak must be in the picture. No portaging over or around objects.
 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.
 Only ONE casting, spin-casting, spinning, or fly rod and reel may be in use at any one time. A hung lure (one snagged in an overhanging tree or any object) is considered in use and the attached rod and reel may not be set aside while another is in use.
 Trolling is permitted up to one rod. More than one line in the water will result in a disqualification.
 No portaging or dragging around objects. You must be able to paddle or pedal to your spot.

6. Tiebreakers and Terminology

 Ties of the 4-fish limit, will be settled with the angler with largest bass finishing ahead. In the case of an exact tie of all four fish, the time submitted will break the tie. First angler to submit all four bass in question wins. The large bass competition will follow the same rules, next biggest fish will earn the Big Bass. The small bass pot will split the pot in the event of a tie. The highest finishing angler will win the plaque. An open mouth will add ½ inch in the small bass competition. Small bass will be judged on site. Not on Tourney X. This fish will not be counted towards your limit. You will submit this bass via FB
messenger or text to the director.
 Season Long awards tie breakers: (You must be a member for season long awards)
Big Bass tie is broken by the next big bass Small bass is broken by the highest finishing angler in the yearly standings Most Top 10s tie is broken by the highest finishing angler in the yearly standings
Biggest limit tie is broken by the next biggest limit submitted. Most improved angler- Must have been a 2021 paid member and fished 7 trail events in

Winner is determined by largest gain in AOY standings with the tiebreaker being point differential from 2021-2022.

Terminology
 TOC – Tournament of Champions
 AOY – Angler of the Year
 Fish Off- a wildcard event to qualify for the TOC. Must qualify for this.
 Launch- When you can pedal/paddle away from the ramp. If you pedal/paddle away prior
to launch time, anglers have been informed to get a picture of you and your kayak, you will be disqualified.
 Lines in- The time you can make your first cast. If you cast prior to first cast, anglers have been informed to get a picture of you and your kayak, you will be disqualified.
 Lines out/ Last picture- the time the picture must be taken before.
 Last Submission time- all pictures must be submitted in the app prior to this time.

7. Payouts and Entry Fee’s

 The Entry fee is $65.
 Small bass is optional and is $5.
 Elite side pot is optional and is $75.
 Membership is $45 and is optional, but needed for TOC, AOY, Fish Off, Yearly awards, Elite Events, team events, and online events.
 All fees are paid on PayPal as you register through the Tourney X Pro App.
 Payouts are done via PayPal within 24 hours of the events ending.
 If you earn over $599 you will need to fill out a W9 before payment.
 If you earn $599 you will be sent a 1099 at the end of the season.
 You must be present at CHECK OUT/WEIGH IN to be eligible for raffle prizes.
 No weigh in location will be required if we do a “virtual” weigh in

8. Tournament of Champions Qualification (TOC) and Fish Off

 Must be a paid member
 The top 20* (+) anglers will qualify for a TOC. This will be a point system format.
First Place = 300 points
2nd-5th- Minus 5 points (295,290,285,280)
6th-10th- Minus 4 points (276, 272, 268, 264,260)
11th-15th Minus 3points (257,254,251,248,245
16th and lower, Minus 2 points
 You must submit a fish to earn points. No bonus points for participation, big bass, small
bass, etc.
 Only your best 7 finishes will be scored toward the TOC. Those 7 scores will be added
together for your total points score. In the event of a tie, the total inches caught during the seven events scored will determine the TOC standings.
 The top point earner is crowned the AOY.
 The top 20-point earners will fish in the TOC. The top 3 in that event will cash
(60%/30%/10%) You will auto qualify if you win an event, and fish 7 qualifying events.
 Anglers finishing in places 21-25 in TOC standings will qualify for the fish off. (membership required)
 If you fish seven events, and finish top five at least once you will qualify for the fish off, regardless of final standings. (membership required)
 Top 2 anglers of the fish off will earn an entry into the TOC!!!
 The TOC Lake will be a 2-day destination event with a multi launch format.
 The TOC Lake will be OFF LIMITS starting November 1 st 2022.
 The Fish Off lake/ramp will be drawn/announced the Thursday evening prior to the event. The Lake is closed on the Friday before the event. If you are caught on the lake you will be DQ from the Fish off.
 If only one or two anglers attend the event, you will have 8 hours on the drawn lake to
catch a limit. If you catch a limit, you will qualify for TOC. No limit, no qualification.

9. Online Events

 All rules above must be followed, except the check in and out rule.
 Must be a paid member. $45.
 NO point system or championship qualification.
 Only North Carolina and South Carolina public waters are legal.
 You must legally launch at the appropriate water during a tournament. Failure to do so will result in DQ. Your ramp/launch and water must be PUBLIC.
 Entry fee is $55 per tournament, and includes big bass.
2-10 angler, Winner take all.
11-20 anglers top 2 paid out 70% 30%
21-30 anglers top 3 paid out. 50% 30% 20%
31-40 anglers, top 4 paid out. 50% 30% 20% $100
41-50 anglers, top 5 paid out 50% 30% 20% $150 $100
51-60 anglers, top 6 paid out. 50% 30% 20% $225 $150 $100

Big bass wins a free entry into the next online event.

10. Team Division
 The Team Division is back for 2022
 Must be a paid member.
 You must be entered into the trail event before you can enter the team side.
 Entry is $250 per team for the full season.
 One partner for the season and both partners must fish to earn points.
 Each angler will submit two bass per event.
 Each event will pay the winning team.
 TOC point system is the same. 7/10 events will count.
 TOC event will bring the top teams and they will fight for the running 2022-
team purse.
2-10 Teams, we will take Two teams to the TOC
11-15 Teams, we will take Three Teams.
16-20 Teams, we will take Four Team.
21-25 Teams we will take Five Teams.


SPORTSMANSHIP

• All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship,
courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to
themselves, sponsors, QCKBF, QCKBF sponsors, and the sport of fishing as well as QCKBF’s
efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not
limited to, the following: o Any words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to
promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules. Anglers
agree to a lie detector test by fishing any QCKBF event.


^^^^Cheating will result in a permanent ban from all future QCKBF events.^^^^


I started this club because I love to fish tournaments. The tournament directors will compete
alongside all the anglers for money, prizes and AOY, etc. Our identifier numbers will be given at
random from the other anglers, or the Tourney X app the morning of the tournament. We will not
score our own fish. Our pictures will be available for all anglers to see. Tournament director
(Vincent Ferreri) will have final say in judging pictures. Any concerns should be brought up
prior to payout that day. This is a live document, and will be updated as needed.