2016 Hobie Bass Open (Youth Division) & Fun Festival


2016 Hobie Bass Open (Youth Division) & Fun Festival

Saturday, June 4, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
Youth Division
| Fishing Tournament
Phone:Morgan Promnitz
Email: MPromnitz@hobiecat.com

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Kayak Anglers from all over the country will have the opportunity to test their skills on the legendary fisheries of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes for a chance to win big cash and prizes and a spot to represent Team USA for the 2016 Hobie Fishing Worlds.

Junior angler entry fee is $25. In this 2-day event, anglers will be trying to catch their 3 largest Bass each day in a Catch Photo and Release format. The angler with the largest total inches will win the third annual Hobie Bass Open.

100% of entry fees will be paid out with a ratio of one place for every 10 entrants. There will be raffles and prizes as well as other awards including one for the biggest bass each day. In addition, the 1st and 2nd place finishers will qualify for the 6th Hobie Fishing Worlds Championship. Along with the prize money, the winner will have their airfare, accommodations and entry fee covered courtesy of Kentucky Dam Village and Hobie Cat Company.

Kentucky Dam Village will be the host from June 3 – 5, 2016 and they are offering a special lodging rate for competitors. Free demo rides (open to the public) on Hobie kayaks and SUP’s will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Kentucky Dam Village Beach.

Series: Hobie Bass Open Series

$25 USD
Individual Angler

Kentucky Dam Village, GilbertsvilleKentucky

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Events & Schedule

Onsite Registration Open

06/03/2016 04:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion from 4-6pm CT. Please note that Event Headquarters is at a different location this year. Turn into the Convention Center/Lakeview Pavilion parking lot. The Convention Ctr address is 8682 U.S. 641, Gilbertsville, KY 42044

Registration closed

06/03/2016 06:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Official Day 1 Token will get passed out from 6-6:30pm CST

06/03/2016 06:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Mandatory captain’s meeting to go over the rules and format.

06/03/2016 06:30 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Participants are allowed to begin fishing at safe light. This time will be delivered at captains meeting on Friday evening.

06/04/2016 06:00 AM

Kentucky and Barkley Lake (No fishing in off-limits areas)

The check-in process will start at 2pm CST and continue until all on-time participants have checked in.

06/04/2016 02:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Participants must be in line to have their token on the check-in board.

06/04/2016 03:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Recap of Day 1: Acknowledgement of top 10 anglers, review Day 2 format, Day 1 awards and drawings for sponsored prizes.

06/04/2016 06:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Following day 1 recap, official Day 2 token will get passed out.

06/04/2016 06:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Participants are allowed to begin fishing at safe light.

06/05/2016 06:00 AM

Kentucky and Barkley Lake (No fishing in off-limits areas)

The check-in process will start at 2pm CST and continue until all on-time participants have checked in.

06/05/2016 02:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Participants must be in line to have their token on the check-in board by 3:00pm CST.

06/05/2016 03:00 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion

Once all anglers have checked-in and inches have been totaled and checked, we will begin the awards process to complete the tournament.

06/05/2016 03:30 PM

KY Dam Village Lakeview Pavilion



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Morgan Promnitz
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1. Registration and Entry Fee:
All participants must completely fill out the official registration form available at iAngler.com or at the tournament location. $100.00 early entry is available online @ iAngler.com until May 3, 2016 at midnight CST. Regular online entry of $125 is available after that. Registration will also be taken onsite by 6pm on June 3: $125.00 CASH ONLY must be paid to the judge when registration form is turned in. This event will be 100% payout!

2. Format:
Anglers will be participating in a two day event using CPR format. Anglers will turn in pictures of their best 3 black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) each day. Anglers must be using an approved Hawg Trough measuring device. A limited number of Hawg Troughs will be available for purchase at the event.

3. Vessel:
Anglers must be fishing from a non-motorized vessel. Kayak, Canoe, and SUP are the only permitted watercrafts in this event. Only one person per vessel.

4. Launch and access:
Anglers are allowed to launch at any public access on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Anglers must have a valid Kentucky or Tennessee fishing license for whichever state they will be fishing in. Any area marked off-limits is to be honored. Any angler caught launching or fishing in an off-limits area will be disqualified. Anglers are responsible for paying their launch fee at whichever launch they use.

5. Catch:
a. All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and hook on the day of the tournament. No other methods are permitted.
b. Artificial lures and flies only.
c. Fish must be hooked in the mouth. Foul hooked fish are ineligible.
d. No live bait.
e. Only 1 rod may be used at a time.
f. Trolling is NOT permitted.
g. Any angler caught violating these rules will be disqualified.
h. The use of umbrella rigs, scents, Gulp, and pork trailers IS permitted.
i. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass measuring at least 12 inches will count.
j. Fish must be alive during photograph and released alive.

6. Token:
Anglers will be given a token for each day of the tournament. This token is very important to the angler as it must be in the picture of your fish for the fish to count. This token is also how you check-in on time at the end of each day. An angler is responsible for this token from the moment it is assigned to them until they check in for the day. No replacement tokens will be available.

7. Photo:
All fish must be photographed on an approved Hawg Trough measuring device. You are allowed to use a camera phone or digital camera for the picture.
a. Fish must be lying flat, facing left to right, with mouth closed in a natural resting position centered against the vertical portion of the Hawg Trough. The fish must appear in a natural state. The tail will be measured as it lies.
b. Only the anglers’ hand can hold the fish down on the board. Use of bands, straps, grips, stringers, hooks, lures, etc. will result in a disqualification of that fish.
c. Photo must be taken on the angler’s kayak with the token clearly visible in every picture for it to count.
d. Anglers are responsible for having pictures clear and visible for the judge’s view. The judge and tournament director have official say on a fish’s length.
e. Anglers will have the convenience of using the iAngler App to turn in fish from their smartphone immediately after they catch it and up until 4pm. If an angler does not utilize this app, they must be prepared with an SD card and/or cord to plug the phone or camera in to a computer for submission. Expect to unlock cell phones that are used and to relinquish cell phones or cameras requiring cords for download until judging is completed. Pictures of submitted fish should not be deleted off of the device until the tournament has concluded.

8. Judging:
The judge will round down to the closest .25” from where the tail lies. Judges have full discretion on open mouth and where the tail lies. If there is a questionable photo, judges can ask tournament director to make final ruling. Once 3 fish are judged and submitted, an anglers’ day total is final.

9. Ties:
Any ties in total inches will be broken by single longest fish. In the case that single longest fish are tied then the second single longest fish will be used and so on. In the case that all three fish are identical length, then the earliest check-in time of the day will break the tie.

10. Safety:
All anglers are to follow the laws specifically stated by U.S. Coast Guard and the local Department of Fish and Wildlife. Each angler must have a valid fishing license for the days they will be on the water. All participants must wear their life vest (PFD) through the duration of the competition.

11. Ethics:
Anglers are to use sportsmanship on and off the water. Be respectful of other participants that are launching or fishing in similar areas to you. Anglers are expected to follow all the rules. Each angler can be subjected to a lie detector test to validate honest participation. Anyone caught cheating could receive punishment by law and receive lifetime bans from other kayak fishing events and tournaments.

12. Penalties:
a. Open Mouth on fish; .5” deduction penalty.
b. Unnatural manipulation of the fish aside from pinching the tail; .5” deduction penalty
c. Any device, other than the hand, holding a fish to the trough; fish will be disqualified
d. Token and/or boat missing in photo; fish will be disqualified.

13. Disqualifications:
a. Angler does not turn in their token by 3pm CST their catch that day will be 0.
b. Anglers violating the catch rules.
c. Any fish on a stringer or restrained to Hawg Trough by any other means other than the competitors hand. This includes: bands, straps, grips, stringers, hooks, lures, etc.

14. Formal complaints:
Any participant wishing to file a formal complaint against a competitor must do so in writing previous to the conclusion of check-in each day. This complaint must be turned in, in writing, specifically explaining the violation and by whom; it must be signed and turned into the Tournament Director with a $100 deposit.


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In consideration of participating in this [Hobie Cat Company event], the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates and agrees that:

• I know that the responsibility for a person to participate in the [Hobie event] is his or hers alone.
• I know there is risk of injury and equipment damage while preparing for and participating in the event, and while upon the event premises, relying on my own judgement and ability, I assume all such risks of loss and hereby agree to reimburse all costs to those persons or organizations connected with this event for damages or injury to property or person incurred as a result of my negligence.
• I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, and assume full responsibility for my participation.
• I agree to comply with the written or oral terms and conditions of participation and any other rules that govern this event.
• I give Hobie Cat Company and parties designated by Hobie Cat Company, including clients, licensees and purchasers, the right to use my name and any photograph and video of me for sale to any medium for purposes of advertising, trade, display, exhibition, social media, television or editorial use.
• I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives and next of kin, hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless Hobie Cat Company, its officers, officials, agents, employees, sponsors and advertisers, and if applicable, the owner and lessor of premises used to conduct the event should any material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the event occur.