Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC, (KBF), in conjunction with Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, announced Monday that the inaugural Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup presented by YakAttack, the world championship of kayak bass fishing, will be held on Lake Ouachita, Aug. 9-10, 2019. The event will be held in Hot Springs in conjunction with the 2019 FLW Cup, featuring the sport’s top professional bass-fishing anglers competing on Lake Hamilton. Hot Springs is the first venue to host back-to-back Cups in the 24-year modern history of FLW.
The Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup presented by YakAttack will feature up to 238 of the top kayak bass anglers from around the country who have qualified for the event through the FLW/KBF Kayak Open, the KBF National Championship, the KBF Trail and the KBF Pro Tour. They will be competing for a total prize package of $18,000 – a $3,000 Dee Zee gift card and $15,000 in cash.
“Hot Springs is very excited to partner with FLW on another great event that features a rapidly-growing segment of fishing,” says Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “Fishing fans in Arkansas and across the world will now get to see two FLW Champions crowned on two of our best lakes – Lake Hamilton and Lake Ouachita.”
In addition to the kayak event, the FLW Cup will also again bring the three-day FLW Expo to the Hot Springs Convention Center. Hundreds of exhibitors – including multiple kayak-fishing companies in the Expo’s new Kayak Village – will be on-site to showcase the latest and greatest gear and products along with games, fun and giveaways for the entire family. Following the Expo, fans are only steps away from Bank OZK Arena where the top anglers from around the world – and country music superstar Trace Adkins – will put on a show for the Arkansas crowd.
“Kayak fishing is the fastest-growing segment of the sport fishing market,” says KBF Founder and President Chad Hoover. “By partnering with the KBF to add kayak bass fishing to its mix, FLW offers its Competitor Members more options to compete than ever before. FLW is able to shine a spotlight on top kayak bass anglers to showcase their talents, abilities and accomplishments.”
After an extremely successful inaugural launch season in 2019, FLW and KBF are already hard at work at growing the FLW/KBF Kayak Series for 2020. Additional details, including an expanded schedule, increased payouts and new rules will be announced soon.
KBF was formed in 2009 to offer kayak anglers the opportunity to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at premier fisheries around the country. Currently in its seventh season for live events, KBF offers more than 25 professional-level bass-fishing tournaments to kayak anglers. For complete KBF details, schedules and updated information, visit KayakBassFishing.com.