CKA 2021 #5: Falls Lake presented by Greensboro Gardens Recap

The Falls Lake event presented by Greensboro Gardens was hot and a grind! This is the type of event were the hard core fisherman come out to play and put in work! Congrats to all of you that got through the event – and safely – on a busy boating day on the lake! A lot of CKA regulars were out of town battling in Florida and just getting back from the BASS Kayak Championship, but we still managed 52 anglers on Father’s Day weekend!

2021 Falls Champion Rick Rowland
Rick Rowland won the event with 86.25″ with a 20.25″ kicker – Rick had a small limit early, and then he was able to find a spot where the bigger fish were roaming around and occasionally would bite. Great job as usual for Rick who always seems to be able to dial in a bite throughout the day! $875 payday!

2021 Falls 2nd Place Joey Sullivan
2nd Place went to another consistent hammer Joey Sullivan with 83.25″. Joey won the Tournament of Champions in 2019 on Falls Lake, and is always a threat in any kayak event – fresh water, salt water, he probably could find a pattern in the middle of the Sahara if you gave him enough time. Joey also wins a Pair of Solar Bat Sunglasses! $525 payday!

2021 Falls 3rd Place Seth Lubinski
3rd Place went to new kayak angler Seth Lubinski, who battled through the day for a total of 82.75″ besting some of the other hammers in the field in what he claimed is a “cheap kayak” – pricey kayaks don’t catch fish guys and gals – anglers do! Great job Seth! Seth also wins a $50 YakAttack Gift Certificate! $350 payday!

2021 Falls Big Bass winner Bobby Bowers – 22.50″
Big fish went to Bobby Bowers with a 22.50″ Falls Lake toad worth $450! Bobby also ended up in the top 10. Congratulations Bobby!
4th Place – 81.25″ – Will Lambert – $100
5th Place – 77.25″ – Parker Carnes – $100
6th Place – 75.50″ – Eric Nelson
7th Place – 73.25″ – Ryan Hayes – tie breaker big fish 17.75″
8th Place – 73.25″ – Calvin Keller
9th Place – 71.50″ – Bobby Bowers
10th Place – 70.25″ – Jared Stanley
The AOY Leader Mr. Hank Veggian ended up in 11th place for the day for some descent points to keep his CKA Angler of the Year goal on a good path! Great job Henry!
Shout out to Vector Fishing Lures LLC.. and Brian Falbe for supplying packs of quality Vector hooks for the check in event – these hooks have a great reputation for quality and the guys are eager to try them out!
Next event will be on Randleman Reservoir presented by Triad Signs with a lot less boat traffic! I hope to see you all and more at the event, we will have Triad Signs at the Check In and raffle for a Kayak Wrap they are donating! $10 per ticket, buy as many as you want! It’s a great was to show off your sponsors or to freshen up your kayak with a new look! Tickets available to attendees and more, you do have to be present to win however! Toyota Series Pro Angler and KBF The Ten qualifier Cory Dreyer will be present with his boat and kayak that were both wrapped by Triad! All proceeds go to the Tournament of Champions to help build the pot for the Santee Cooper slug fest!      

CKA # 5: Falls Lake presented by Greensboro Gardens

Falls Lake is one of the biggest and best bass lakes in North Carolina, and a regular stop on several pro tours. The last time CKA had Falls Lake on the schedule was in 2017, when we hosted an early season KBF Trail event that was won by North Carolina’s Brandon Jessup, and during which Brad Crater landed a 24” LM Bass. Falls is a big, busy lake, and loaded with big bass.

The 2018 Tournament of Champions was held October 13th & 14th on Falls Lake. A field of 24 anglers was cut to 10 for day two. Ronnie Murphy led the field on day 1, when he also won Big Bass with a 22.75″ fish. On Day 2, Joey Sullivan came back from 7th place on Day 1 to win 1st place with a two day limit of 149″. Calvin Keller (2nd place) and David Golding (3rd place) rounded out the top 3.

This event is presented by Greensboro Gardens! We are very thankful to CKA angler Rick Morris, owner of Greensboro Gardens for the support!


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CKA welcomes Stanly County Convention & Visitors Bureau to our list of sponsors for 2021!

Stanly County Convention & Visitors Bureau has joined our great list of sponsors for 2021 and we are hopeful for an even bigger relationship in 2022! The county appreciates the kayak community and wants to support our events, which in turn support the local businesses.

We ask all of the kayak angler community to help support the county by patronizing the local business while you’re enjoying the Badin, Tillery and Tuckertown waters. Stay for dinner, grab your significant other a gift or plan a long stay in to enjoy the beautiful area that is full of scenic views and small town charm!

On behalf of all the anglers that fish with Carolina Kayak Anglers, we thank and are looking forward to a long term relationship with Stanly County!

CKA 4 Badin Lake Shootout

CKA Tournament 4 Presented by Texas 2 Step

May 22, 2021

Badin Lake, NC

CKA welcomes Anglers to Event #4 on Badin Lake (last visited by us in 2017). It’s the southernmost lake we fish on the Yadkin/Pee-Dee river chain and one of the oldest impounded lakes in North Carolina. 

Badin contains 5,350 surface acres of water, 115 miles of shoreline, and an average depth of 90 feet with a maximum depth of 190 feet. This diverse fishery hosts all three major Black Bass species (Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, and Spotted Bass) as well as Striped Bass and Walleye.  With its deep structure, rocky islands, grassy shorelines, flats, points and boat docks, there is opportunity for every style of fishing.

This will be a multi-launch event. Any publicly accessible launch is permitted. 

Texas2Step is sponsoring the event and will be at the check in with swag and a special presentation to the top anglers! This is Texas2Step‘s second year with CKA and we appreciate their support! Be sure to check our the full line of detailing products including the Ship Shape product that is good for:

  • Kayak wipe down and protection!
  • Easily removes water lines and water scum on boats!
  • Cleans Ketch boards with ease and makes them look new with minimal effort!
  • Wipe down your fiberglass boat and bring out the gelcoat’s shine!
  • Works great on glass as well!

A few reminders:

  • CKA has streamlined sign up and payment system for the 2021 season. All tournament fees are now through TourneyX.
  • CKA membership fees are now paid directly to: 
  • CKA has a new payout structure. See website for details.

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CKA 3 – W. Kerr Scott Reservoir

W. Scott Kerr was a new lake to the CKA Trail in 2018 and this will be our third visit there, but our first for the infamous spring bite! 

W. Scott Kerr is located in the northwest Piedmont, near Wilkesboro. It is one of 4 Piedmont lakes run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (this means additional regulations apply – see event details). There are (7) eligible launches. There is also camping and rental cabins available around the lake. 

We are taking donations at this event at sign up for Socks & Cookies, a great organization that sends a “piece of home” to deployed military through care packages! Socks & Cookies also puts on tournaments for the charity so be on the look out for those as well!

There is also going to be a raffle for a Carver Covers custom kayak cover that you will want to get in on! $5 per ticket that you can purchase when you sign up, through PayPal by sending $5 per ticket (via friends and family please!) to with a note that it is for the raffle. You don’t need to be present to win, but it is encouraged! All proceeds to go to the Tournament of Champions!