CKA EVENT 2 Wild Card Waters


Wild Card Waters

April 11, 2020

The Burlington Bash has been postponed to a later date. The reason is simple: we are in a national emergency and we have to balance our commitment to fishing with public safety. After considerable discussions with CKA anglers and lake authorities we have decided to hold the scheduled event in modified by allowing anglers to spread out as much as possible on public waters. Therefore, CKA will continue to follow CDC recommendations to make gatherings /sporting events “virtual” until the current crisis passes and/or state authorities close all public ramps. Should the latter happen and all public ramps close (as they have in S Carolina), we will update.

In the meantime, CKA event #2, now the “Wild Card Waters” event, allows anglers to fish any publicly accessible water in the state of North Carolina. This format will limit travel time and prevent crowding at ramps. We encourage individual anglers to safely fish smaller public bodies of water and out of the way locations where traffic is minimal. We stress the word “individual.” Please travel separately and not in groups, and maintain social distancing and follow all safety precautions. Our first responders and health care workers are busy. Do not add to the crisis with irresponsible travel and boating that will stress the health care system.

There is one exception to this format:

  1. Any public ramps that have been closed are also off-limits. For example, most if not all of Jordan Lake’s launches are now closed. If a public or private ramp remains open, and anyone can access it, then access to the lake is allowed. For example, if an NCWRC ramp is open on a lake, but a US Army Corps of Engineers ramp is closed on that same lake, then only the NCWRC ramp is eligible as a launch. If all publicly accessible ramps to a lake are closed, then the entire lake is off limits. Please check all local lakes for updates and closures.

In other words, the situation requires that the event will be largely run like an on-line event, as we did in the previous event.

We will hold a brief Captains Meeting on FB and release the identifier code across our social media (FB, Twitter, IG) on Friday night at 8 pm. 

For questions and updates, follow CKA on Facebook:

This post contains

  1. Registration Links and Event Identifier
  2. Format and Rules (and links to complete rules)
  3. Tournament Start/End Times
  4. Post-Event Check-In info
  5. Lake and Launch Information
  6. Registration

In order to register for the event, sign up using TourneyX. Create an angler account for event registration and CPR submissions if you have not done so – the basic account is free!

Tournament Fee: $50, includes TourneyX fee and Paypal fees. Optional Fees: Big bass ($5) and H.O.W. ($5)    

Sign up here:

The blank CKA identifier card will be posted 3-4 days prior to the tournament. Be sure to print spares.

The event code will be released on CKA social media prior to the tournament at 8 pm on Friday, April, 10.

  1. Format and Rules

Format: 5 longest fish (8” minimum length), submitted on approved measuring device (Fish Stik, Hawg Trough or Ketch Board only), entire fish and correct ID entirely in photo.

This event will largely follow KBF rules. Therefore, anglers must be familiar with and follow KBF rules as well as all North Carolina fishing laws and local regulations as they apply. Rules can be found at the link below:

 LINK TO CKA RULES PAGE:                  

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license. CKA asks for proof of a valid license for anglers who win prizes.

Follow parking regulations at launches. Be respectful and follow good ramp etiquette.  

Remember: All CKA Tournaments are 2020 KBF National Championship Qualifying Events, but you must be a KBF member prior to the CKA event.

  1. Event Schedule

Anglers must remain within 100 yards of the ramps prior to 6:30 am. Please be sure to stay away from boat lanes and remember to have 360 degree visible lights on your kayak.

6:30 a.m.: anglers may leave launch areas.

7:00 am: Lines in, fishing begins.

3:00 pm: Lines out, fishing ends.

4:00 pm: photo upload ends

Event Info

Sign up TourneyX
Fee $50.00 Entry (optional H.O.W,  Big Fish fees)
Event Date April 11, 2020
Format 5 fish (8” minimum).
Leave ramp areas 6:30 am
Lines in 7:00 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 3:00 pm/4:00 pm
Check in/out Use TourneyX dashboard

The tournament standings will be unavailable beginning at around 2 pm but you can still post fish until the cutoff. We strongly encourage anglers to post fish throughout the day.

Note: Be sure to update your phone so that browsers and apps run well. CKA Directors cannot be expected to solve technical problems with phones. If you are using the TourneyX app, be sure to download the TourneyX Pro app to replace the older app, which is now obsolete. Be sure also that all phone settings are set to allow TourneyX access to picture data. If you use a web browser to upload to TourneyX, make sure the browser settings in your phone’s privacy features allow the site to access your location. Any and all photos submitted without GPS catch data will be denied.

Upload photos early from the water so that CKA directors can contact you if there is a question or problem with your submissions.

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New Addition to CKA Big Bass Gallery

The CKA website is more than just a list of rules and event details. Over the years, certain sections have been developed to document your history as competitors at events. One of the more popular sections is the Big Bass gallery, where we document the biggest fish caught in CKA tournaments.

This week, we added a new fish to that gallery – Larry Moua’s giant 24.25″ Bass, caught at Shearon Harris last weekend. Larry’s fish won the ZeeBaitCo Lunker Length prize which goes to the longest fish caught at each CKA event! Please visit the Zee Bait Co. website and check out their amazing selection of plastics and terminal tackle.

As for the gallery, we only post bass 24″ or longer to that page. Why? There are two reasons. First, our sport measures by length and Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) is one of the fundamental aspects of our sport.

Second, it’s because in North Carolina, a Largemouth Bass of 24″ or longer qualifier for the North Carolina Angler Recognition Program (NCARP) certificate. It’s a simple form and small fee for a great citation featuring unique art by legendary wildlife artist Duane Raver. Congratulations, Larry – get your certificate here:

Browse the “Tournaments” section of the website for more photo galleries, too!

Big Bass Gallery



Tournament Recap: Shearon Harris Event 1

We never thought we would have to write these words: yesterday, we ran an event following CDC and North Carolina Health Department Pandemic Prevention Regulations. We’ve fished and held many historic events, but that’s a twist.

First, we want to thank TourneyX for its check in/out system. Dwayne and TourneyX built in that feature, and without it we would not have been able to run the tournament. Second, we want to thank Duke Energy, Harris Lake County Park, and NCWRC for their assistance with the event permits and changes/cancellations. Communication between our Trail and those entities was excellent. Finally, we want to thank each of you who competed, communicated and traveled safely to and from the event. It was a relief to have it all go smoothly, and the credit goes to each of you.

In sum, this was CKA’s second highest attendance of all time. 90 anglers caught, photographed and released 190 fish on Shearon Harris, new anglers who submitted fish did a great job of doing it correctly, and communication between judge and anglers went smoothly.

There was a written dispute that necessitated a review of the standings. The review was initiated by a non-competitor who noticed an error. The matter was easily resolved. The final, revised standings are posted below and on TourneyX. This is why we returned to the Paypal system with a 24 hour window: it prevented a complicated return of cash funds. And yes, a non-competitor filed it: people are watching these events at all times, and that is all the more reason to take our time with results.

The final standings are now back open to see. Here are the money places:

Read more “Tournament Recap: Shearon Harris Event 1”