Spring is almost here, and fishing tournaments are on the Tennessee angler’s mind. Fishing is good year-round in Tennessee, because of this fishing tournaments are a common occurrence. The following chart is helpful to know what and were to fish the first six months of the year.
For those of you looking for a special fun filled fishing experience, a virtual online kayak tournament offers a pleasurable challenge. There are basically three types. First, those that last a few hours on a given day, Second, those that are a month long, and third, those that are year-long. There are nation-wide and state-wide tournaments.
Beginning kayak anglers can try a one-day bass excursion (http://www.fishkbs.com/2017-schedule-2). Bass specific tournaments start at 6:30 am Eastern Time and last till 3:00 PM Central time. This gives everyone from the East Coast to the West Coast over 8 hours of fishing. The IDENTIFIER CODE will be posted on the website (http://www.fishkbs.com/) at 9:00 pm Central Time the day before the tournament begins. Anglers are only competing against anglers in their own State. Non-members are competing for the purse, and Members are competing for the purse and AOY (Angler of the Year) Points. Winners are posted on the site the following day. Purse awards are based on the number of participants.
A month long Tennessee kayak bass fishing challenge is an online state specific tournament (https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/18-03-tn-march-kayaktournaments.com) sponsored through http://kayaktournaments.com/. Participants are not required to be a KBF (Kayak Bass Fishing) member to fish Online State Challenges, but it is a 2019 National Championship Qualifier – so if you want to be in competition for serious money, you will have to become a member of KFB before July 31st, 2018. Kayak Tournaments.com State Challenge events are a five-fish CPR (Catch Photo Release) competition. There is no limit to the number of bass photos competitors may submit during the tournament time-period; but regardless of the number of photos submitted, the five longest bass will post to the final ranking.
Year-long virtual competition is also available. Kayak Wars is an online kayak fishing tournament site (https://www.kayakwars.com/) with the primary competition lasting all year, and smaller challenges or “skirmishes” occurring during the year. Teams of 3-5 members or single anglers may compete. Catches are photographed and submitted on line and points are awarded for various species of fish, provided they meet the minimum length. Over the last decade, Kayak Wars has evolved into the world’s largest online kayak fishing tournament, with 12 regions open for competition in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia. By the end of the 2017 season, over 235,000 catches had been submitted, with over 30,000 of those being in 2017. Kayak Wars continues to grow and thrive because of a passionate community of anglers who participate and support the tournament. Kayak Wars leadership determines the direction of Kayak Wars based on community feedback – this is truly a community driven, community focused organization.
Kayak fishing is not only a fun experience, it also provides a lot of pleasurable quiet moments in natures beauty, as well as the thrill of the catch. Qualifying tournament entry submission fees range from $25 to $30 dollars and be sure to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the rules. There’s no reason why with a little patience you can’t qualify for the big bucks. Happy Kayak Fishing!