April News: High Rock Photo Gallery and Assorted news

Hi everyone, and thanks to all the folks who attended CKA event 3 at High Rock! As always, we gathered and posted all the photos in our 2018 season gallery, which you can see at this link: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=2922

Since many of us are busy with the upcoming KBF/Boonedox event and the Get:Outdoors demo on Saturday, CKA will be quiet until next week.If you are in the market for a new kayak, or know someone who is, the demo is a great place to try a boat and find the best fit!

Upcoming posts will include, in no particular order:

1. Tournament sign up for event 4 at Scott Kerr Lake, the last of the new lakes for this season (Shearon Harris, Jordan and Macintosh are next after Scott Kerr!).

2. ROY and AOY updates

3. Announcement of prize packs for AOY and ROY (these are going to be awesome).

Thanks again, everyone!

Sincerely, the CKA staff

 

AOY and ROY Updates

Hi everyone, and thanks again to all who fished at Hickory. We have created new pages for the 2018 ROY and AOY standings. AOY and ROY charts with the top of the standings as well as pdf files of complete standings can be accessed at the links below. We will update them periodically.

The TD’s have noticed that the early AOY race is tighter than it has ever been in years past and there are many new names, as well as familiar names having great early season runs. The ROY race is also exceeding our expectations, and it is great to see so many new folks competing hard in the events. Additionally, it looks as though the new, expanded points system will create increased shifts in the standings as the race continues. In short, keep grinding!

We are grateful for everyone’s participation and we’ll see you all at High Rock this coming Saturday for the combined CKA/KBS event!

The 2018 ROY page: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3111

The 2018 AOY page: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3108

CKA Tournament #3: High Rock Lake

CKA Tournament #3

April 14, 2017

High Rock Lake

CKA Tournament #3 takes us to another new addition to the CKA Trail, a lake familiar to many North Carolina anglers: High Rock Lake. High Rock has hosted many Bassmaster events (including three very memorable Bassmaster Classics). It is a tournament favorite on many kayak and boat circuits. From its river-fed northern end to the deeper waters in its southern pool, High Rock is a diverse fishery loaded with bass and structure.

Our CKA event coincides with a live Kayak Bass Series (KBS) event. Anglers can register and submit the same fish to both events. KBS has provided CKA with not one, but six Manley rods as giveaways for this event! You can sign up for both events on TourneyX (the folks at Ketch Co. may also be present with their CKA & KBS tournament approved boards!).

Remember also that Boonedox will host a KBF Trail at High Rock the following week (April 21st), so this will also be a great chance for anglers to pre-fish for that event.

Get:Outdoors, Yak Attack, BioSpawn, Dave’s, and TRC Covers have generously provided giveaway items. Additionally, Manley Rods is providing the previously mentioned additional giveaways for this event. Don’t forget: if you fished a CKA event this season, you receive a discount at Get:Outdoors, so stock up on kayak fishing gear, as this event is close to the store!

  • Multi Launch (six ramps listed at bottom of page are the only legal launches).
  • Anglers are to remain within 30 yards of the launch area prior to the 6:30am start time. Anglers may have kayaks in the water but will not be permitted to leave early to get to fishing areas.
  • Blank identifiers will be available for print approximately one week prior to the event (we recommend printing a few extras).
  • Unique identifier CODES will be released Friday 4/13 after 8:00pm EST. We will provide instructions at that time how to populate the identifier.
  • TourneyX sign up will be cutoff on Friday 4/13 at 10:00pm EST.
  • If you plan to camp or be away from a printer on Friday, please print your ID in advance, then fill in the code the evening it is released to Facebook.
  • Budget time for travel from your launch to check in. Remember you must be present at Southmont check in by 3:00 pm. If you cannot upload photos and show up at 3:00 pm asking for help, tournament directors may deny your request. Therefore budget time wisely.

 

Sign up

Tourneyx: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-3-high-rock-lake
Fee $50.00 Entry (includes H.O.W, TourneyX, Big Fish fees)
Event Date April 14, 2018
Format 3 fish (8” minimum). Hawg Trough measure required.     
Lines in 6:30 am
Lines Out 2:30 pm
Check in/Photo upload ends 3:00 pm
Check in Address:             Southmont Access

899 Wildlife Recreation Area

Lexington, NC 27292

 

Approved Launches

1. Southmont

899 Wildlife Recreation Area Access Rd, Lexington, NC 27292

 

2. Flat Swamp Creek

16646 NC-8, Denton, NC 27239

 

3. Dutch Second creek

10799-10895 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

 

4. Tamarac Marina

9120 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

 

5. Buddle Creek

2882 Holloway Church Rd, Lexington, NC 27292

 

6. York Hill Boat Access (Must fish south of I-85; waters north of I-85 are off limits)

Trading Ford Way

Linwood, NC

CKA at the 2018 KBF National Championship: Review and Photos

Every year, CKA anglers write a new chapter in the book that has become the KBF National Championship. The characters change, but the plot does not: we compete hard and represent our series well.

Weather conditions at the 2018 edition of the world largest kayak bass fishing tournament also provided the usual twists: this time it was snow and wind, followed by post-cold front conditions during the event. The lake had been drawn down, too, and active fish were hard to find. Roughly 20 of our anglers made the trip and figured out the bite with varying degrees of success.

In the end, 3 anglers finished in the top 10% of the field. They were Matt Hawj (16th place), Cory Dreyer (25th place) and Aaron Miller ( 46th place). Arlie Minton made the top 100 (at 79th place) and Joey Sullivan gets honorable mention for being just outside that cut. In a field of over 750 anglers, with a tough bite on a huge lake, these anglers performed extraordinarily well.

We have posted some of our favorite photos from the 2018 KBF National Championship to the CKA website. To see them, click here.

Now, the long grind of qualifying for next year’s event begins. Remember that the top 5 in the CKA standings at the end of the season get a ticket, and there will be 3 KBF Trail events in North Carolina this year, too. The first one is the Boonedox event at High Rock on April 21st! Advance registration links are posted at the bottom of our KBF/CKA 2018 gallery page.

We’ll see everyone at Hickory this Saturday!

AOY standings update

Hello everyone and thanks again to all of the anglers who recently fished with us at Hyco.  

We are posting the CKA AOY update file (see below) so that everyone can have a look at the official standings after one event. Given that qualifying spots are at stake for KBF Nationals (our Top 5 get a ticket) and the Tournament of Champions (top 15), it is important that the numbers be correct. Double check the list against the event standings on TourneyX. If you think you see an error, contact CKA Tournament Director Wayne Butler. Note also that the (R) designation next to a name indicates a 1st year angler.

As it stands, Bob Dainton has punched a ticket to the Tournament of Champions because he won 1st place at Hyco. Bob is a local kayak fishing pioneer and a CKA regular. Congratulations Bob!

The rest of the field is wide open this early on so prepare for our event on Lake Hickory on March 31st, get signed up and fish hard to gain ground or reinforce your position.

It’s a long season and now is the time to grind and stack points!

Hickory sign up: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-2-lake-hickory

AOY Standings as of March 1st, 2018 (revised 200 point scale)

NAME Hyco Rank
Bob Dainton 200 1
Jacob Miles 197 2
Drew Blair 194 3
Casey Reed 191 4
Ronald Gerber 190 5
Graham Reay (R) 189 6
PC Hawj 188 7
Eric Nelson 187 8
Aaron Miller 186 9
Shelly Efird 185 10
Ricky Rowland 184 11
Teng Yang 183 12
Aaron Trexler 182 13
Jim Lor 181 14
Jimmy Houser 180 15
Tony Uselman 179 16
Matt Hawj 178 17
Melvin Yang 177 18
Austin Vang 176 19
Mark Phillips 175 20
Mike Yang 174 21
Nick Lester 173 22
Ralph Nolan 172 23
Mark Wilkins (R) 171 24
Chris Linville 170 25
Dustin Matthews 169 26
Jacob Goode 168 27
John Stone (R) 167 28
Toby Swansey 166 29
Anthony Brinkley (R) 165 30
Mike Wimmer (R) 164 31
Joey Sullivan 163 32
Brian Falbe 162 33
Matthew Dunn 161 34
Arlie Minton 160 35
Nathan Naturile 159 36
Doug Mabe 158 37
John Vue 157 38
Teng Vue 156 39
Keith McGee (R) 155 40
Terry Wheeler Jr (R) 154 41
Henry Veggian 153 42
Bernie Garrett (R) 152 43
Derrick Hood 151 44
Sidney Shoaf 150 45
Jeremy Coggins 149 46
Kou Yang 148 47
Ker Xiong (R) 147 48
John Ladd 146 49
Ryan Freeman (R) 145 50
Lee Payne (R) 144 51
Kou Yang 143 52
Joe Angelcyk 20 53
Brandon Bertovich (R) 20 53
Travis Bevill (R) 20 53
James Blackburn (R) 20 53
Bobby Bowers 20 53
Wayne Butler 20 53
James Chambers 20 53
Brad Clayton (R) 20 53
Eric Garcia-Ochoa (R) 20 53
Kayla Ingram (R) 20 53
Matt Kaufmann (R) 20 53
Ryan Lassiter 20 53
Josh Lewis (R) 20 53
Chris Morris (R) 20 53
Randall Pearman 20 53
Denny Romero 20 53
JEREMY SMITH (R) 20 53
Marcus Smith 20 53
Tony Tant (R) 20 53
David Truban (R) 20 53
Ronnie Williams 20 53
Tommy Xiong 20 53