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2020 FREE Online Pike Opener Tournament

May 9, 2020 @ 12:15 am – May 17, 2020 @ 11:45 pm
Online 5 State Area
Tony Heimkes

2020 Pike Opener Online Tournament



Scored fish will include walleye or northern pike. Your largest 2 fish over the span of fishing days will make up your final score. You can upgrade any fish on the board to a larger catch at any time during tournament days.

MNKFA reserves the right to change any rules or details.

Limited to the first 150 kayak anglers to complete sign up on Tourney X. If you have a Tourney X account, use that. If you do not have a Tourney X account, you’ll need to set one up. You must be an MNKFA member with an account on this website to be eligible for this tournament. MNKFA reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who has exhibited bad behavior or malice towards the MNKFA.

Omnia Fishing Gift CardWinner will receive a $100 Omnia Fishing Gift Card

Thanks to our friends at Omnia Fishing! They stepped up with a prize for this event. No wonder they’re our favorite source for fishing knowledge, gear and tackle.


Tourney X LogoBIG THANKS to Tourney X for graciously donating sign up and scoring services

It’s really fun catching a fish, taking a pic and uploading to Tourney X and seeing your score and your position in the standings go up. Tourney X has made this a FREE tournament for MNKFA and members.

We’re going to run this tournament for 9 days. You get 2 full weekends to fish…and all the week days in between. Get out there and get a 2 big walleye or northerns and post your pics on Tourney X! This is an online tournament. You can send a photo of a 19 inch pike one day, then replace it with a bigger 23 inch fish a day later! The scoring will be live on Tourney X

Your score will include your 2 largest submitted fish in any combination of Walleye and Northern Pike.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate and agree that:
1. The risk of injury from the activities involved in a kayak fishing tournament does exist, and
2. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown and assume full responsibility for my participation and
3. I agree to comply with the terms and conditions of participation, and
4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives and next of kin, hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless and agree not to sue, the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association, its officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, sponsors and advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lesser of premises used to conduct the event.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT AND THE RULES GOVERNING THESE EVENTS, FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.  I further agree that by typing my name in the provided space of the electronic entry form constitutes your legal signature and is the same as you signing this agreement by hand.

PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. Contact T0urnament Director for minor participation information. A completed entry form and waiver must be received no later than 2 weeks before the start of the tournament. The responsibility and safety for said minor is solely that of the signing parent or legal guardian. Parent and or legal guardian holds harmless Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association and their officers, sponsors, advertisers and employees. Minor may NOT complete the Tourney X form, if they do, they are automatically disqualified for lying on an MNKFA form.

Tournament Rules And Signup

Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to tournament officials whose decisions are final.

1. Registration: Registration for The MNKFA Minnesota Pike Opener 2020 will be run on Tourney X. MNKFA reserves the right to close registration at any time for reasons in the best interests of the club.

2. Requirements: A pdf image will be available to all participants at 3:00pm CST 05-8-2019 via this page and social media links. Print this letter size sheet, put it in a zip lock bag and place in the photo with your catch. Your photo must include a fish measuring device like a Hawg Trough or similar measuring device. You must use a Rapala or Ketch board for fish over 30″. You may pinch the tail, the mouth of the fish can be open or closed and at the bottom of mouth touching the left edge of your measuring device. The ruler marks must be easily legible in the photo submitted. The printed tournament pdf image must appear in each photo submitted. ANY alteration that promotes products or services added to the control image will be immediately disqualified! Failure to include this control image will disqualify your entry. For further information on photo measuring requirements, click here (opens in a new window).

3. Start and Finish Times: Tournament will begin at 12:01 am  CST 05-9-2020. End of the tournament will be at midnight  CST 05-17-2020. All photo entries must be emailed and received by by the end of the tournament. We are NOT responsible for ANY submissions that are not posted on Tourney X by midnight, 05-17-2020. You must post your catches immediately after you release the fish. 

4. Catch: All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and hook with artificial bait only on the days of the tournament during tournament hours. Participant must fish from a human powered kayak, only ONE angler in the kayak. ONLY water craft listed as a kayak by the manufacturer of the vessel are eligible. Gas or electric motors are allowed for this online tournament (we do NOT allow them for destination tournaments)! Absolutely no other method will be permitted.

5. Safety: A PFD must be either worn or on board each watercraft in accordance with state regulations where you are fishing. Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times.

6. Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from each angler. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be cause for disqualification. All participants must follow the DNR regulations in effect on the waters they are fishing.

7. Fishing Boundaries: Fish must be caught in the waters of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Iowa.

8. Weather: Anglers are to exercise their own best judgment for safety when considering whether to fish or not.

9. Cheating Inquiries: Any inquiries of cheating will be handled by Tournament Officials, and polygraph tests may be used to settle any cheating disputes. The challenging party agrees to pay for polygraph test costs. Challenging party agrees to be identified as the party making any accusations.

10. Prizes: First place winner will get a $100 gift card from Omnia Fishing.

11. Waiver: Submitting the entry form on Tourney X constitutes your agreement to ALL rules, regulations, waivers, terms and conditions, liability acknowledgement, otherwise the angler is ineligible to participate.

12. Ties: In case of a tie, the first fish submitted gets preference.

13. Your entry: You may NOT buy, sell, trade, swap, give away or pass on tournament entry spots. ONLY MNKFA tournament officials can authorize who is officially entered/registered in our events.

NOTE: Rules and regulations can change at the discretion of the MNKFA board and the tournament director for ANY reason. This is a FREE tournament, no complaining or arguing will be tolerated at all! MNKFA reserves the right to disqualify anyone at anytime if your bad behavior, negative attitude, negative attitude toward MNKFA, or disrespecting any board member, member or volunteer warrants disqualification. You’ll be disqualified if you just can’t accept the rules or decisions made by MNKFA and you incessantly complain, whine or bash!


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