Check here for FAQ about the BBKC.
Q: Can I fish in another state if I travel or move?
A: Once entered, contestants may fish in any of the 49 participating states (excluding Alaska), subject to state and local regulations. You register the fish where the fish lives, not you!
Q. What about fishing more than one state?
A: Once entered, you must declare which state you are fishing. To fish more than one state, an addition $20 fee, or to fish the Nation the total fee is only $65. If you decide half way through the year, you want to compete in additional states, the fee is still only $20 per state, or $40 more for the nation.
Q: Can I certify more than one bass in the competition?
A: There is no restriction on the number of bass entered, provided each bass is entered on a separate Certification form. And as long as you are declared in multiple states, you can enter fish caught out of those states and lead more than one state. The BBKC encourages you to send in each catch, because we will take 2nd place from the state champions if first place is not able to participate.
Q: Do I have to pay another $25 each time I enter a catch?
A: NO! The $25 entry fee is a one-time only charge. Enter as many fish as you wish! But for a second state, the fee is $45, or fish the nation for $65. These all are one time fees.
Q: How do I certify a catch?
Complete & mail the Big Bass Certification Form along with the 2 photos of your catch. The photo's are simple:
Measure the catch LENGTH with the Official 2019 BBKC CODE in clear display and photograph it with the entire HawgTrough type ruler showing.
Hold the fish so you can take a selfie! Or have a friend take your photo of you holding the fish. Make it a good photo, it could be used in BASSIN' Magazine or even on the cover!
Complete & mail the Big Bass Certification Form along with the 2 photos of their catch to BBKC Headquarters.
(OPTIONAL) video your catch. Video must include you catching the bass, measuring the length of the bass, as well as releasing the bass and you holding it showing your face with the bass. (it is highly recommended to photograph the length as well and submit that with the card from the video recorder)
Q: What is the minimum size requirement for my state?
A: BBKC and BASSIN’ promote catch and release. You can measure any bass, photo it, and send it in. No more taking a fish to a certified scale. It is that easy! Any Bass qualifies!
Q: How many times can I send in a different fish?
A: BBKC and BASSIN’ allow you to send in as many fish as you want. We take second place to the Championship if first place is not able to attend! We encourage you to submit all your catches, each time you catch a larger fish!
A: No, as long as it is legible in the photos, you can write it on your hand, a tournament card, taped to your hawgtrough device, or any other way you can think of. It has to be your code, and legible in the photos.
Q: Should I send in all my catches?
A: BBKC and BASSIN’ allow you to send in as many fish as you want. We take second place to the Championship if first place is not able to attend! We encourage you to submit all your catches, each time you catch a larger fish! And there is no fee's to send in fish!
Q: When and where are the BBKC Finals this year?
A: This will be held confidential by BBKC staff. It will be announced around the Aug 15th, 2019 cutoff date. Bassin’ and the BBKC keep this secret to not allow local anglers to be on the water when not all anglers are possible to do so.
Q: What species of fish are allowed to be entered in the competition?
A: Only largemouth black bass, spotted bass and smallmouth bass will be considered for qualification.
Q: When does the competition begin and end?
A: Entries for certification for the 2019 BBKC begins Jan 1, 2019 and ends August 15, 2019. We will not mail rulers until last week of DEC, 2018.
Q: What is the top prize this year?
A: As more sponsors come on board, more prizes will be added. $10,000 from BASSIN' Magazine as of today.
Q: What if I don't have a Kayak?
A: Fishing and landing the bass from a kayak is required, but you can enter the BigBassWorldChampionship, and fish from the bank, shore, lake, pond creek, boat, helicopter, is all accepted at the BBWC. Enter at www.bigbassworldchampionship.com
A: If you are fishing from a Kayak, you can enter both BBWC and BBKC. Your fish may be submitted to both tournaments from a kayak, and only from the kayak. Fish NOT caught out of a kayak are eligible for only the BBWC tournament.