The 2021 Battle on the Border (III)

Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island), NC/VA


In 2019, CKA paired up with a Virginia kayak fishing club (VKBC) for a friendly border war.  We called it the Battle on the Border, and nearly 100 kayak anglers fished the event. We continued the event in 2020 with comparable success.

In 2021, the Battle on the Border has expanded to invite more anglers and clubs. This year, 5 clubs will participate – three from Virginia and two from North Carolina. Additionally, Vance County has graciously offered to host the event, providing generous support for our event and our sport. Kayak Bass Fishing has also provided qualifying opportunities for the 2022 KBF National Championship to the top 10% of the field who are KBF members.

As always, the Battle on the Border will take place at Kerr Lake. It will be an open event so you do not need to be a member of a participating club to sign up and compete.

This post contains

  • Lake information
  • Boundaries, Rules, launches
  • Registration
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Payouts and Qualifying
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info

For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook:

Lake Info

Kerr Lake (a.k.a. Buggs Island) is a massive reservoir located on the Roanoke River on the North Carolina/Virginia border. It is northeast of Falls Lake, just off I-85.  The lake was built shortly after WWII and it is one of the region’s premier Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Striped Bass fisheries. It covers more than 77 surface miles of water, making Kerr one of the largest impoundments on the Southeast. Want to test your skills against a massive lake? This is it.

The lake has dozens of public boat ramps and marinas as well as affordable camping. If you camp at the lake, be sure your campsite is open to the public and that it allows 24 hour access, so you can get out in the morning to fish. 

Boundaries, Launches and Rules

The event boundaries are as follows:

  • The Western boundary on the Dan River is the 360 bridge in South Boston.
  • The Northern boundary on the Staunton River is the 360 bridge, too.
  • The Eastern boundary is the Kerr Dam. No fishing below the dam.

The tournament is a multi-launch event and all public launches are available to anglers.

For a list of park managed launches and NC Wildlife launches, see this link:

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. fishing license. North Carolina has a license reciprocity agreement with Virginia for Kerr Lake, so you can fish the Virginia side with your N.C. license.

Please follow parking regulations practice good ramp etiquette at the lake’s public launches.

Competition rules follow those of the KBF Rules Standard. There is one exception: Hawg Troughs are a permitted measuring device for the 2021 event only.

Registration Links

Register here:

Please remember that launch fees at certain launches are not included in registration fees.

Anglers must use an identifier from a participating club or KBF identifiers from the 2021 season. The participating clubs are CKA, NVKBF, CCKF, VKY and BKBS.

 The CKA identifier can be found on the TourneyX dashboard.

The event ID code will be released in the Captains meeting at 8 pm on Facebook Friday evening, October 22nd.

Do not use the code that is automatically generated by TourneyX. write only the code released on Friday night on your ID.

Payouts and Qualifying Opportunities

Payouts will be 100% of the remaining entry fees after TourneyX and Paypal costs are deducted. The event will payout to 10% of the field.

Kayak Bass Fishing has confirmed it will award qualifying spots to the 2022 KBF National Championship to anglers who are KBF members in the top 10% of the final standings. To be eligible, you must be a KBF member prior to the start of competition. To obtain KBF membership, click here:

Captains Meeting

There will be no live Captains Meeting prior to the event. CKA will host a virtual Captains Meeting on Friday, October 22nd on Facebook.

Check-In and Awards will held at the Henderson Point Community Building provided by Vance County.

Address: 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537

This event will use the check in/check out function on Tourneyx.

Tournament Start/End Times

Launch: 6:30 am

Lines In: 7:00 a.m.

Lines out: 3:00 p.m. (photo cut-off: 4:00 pm)

If you have a weak signal or no signal, be sure to leave the water early to find a signal so as to avoid delaying the judging of photos. We will not make exceptions for anglers who try to upload photos  after 4 pm.

Event Info

Sign up

Tourneyx ($5)

Fee $50.00 Entry (Big bass Optional)
Event Date Oct 22, 2021
Format 5 fish (12” minimum).
Captains Meeting/Sign up TourneyX/Facebook
Earliest Launch 6:30 am
Lines in 7:00 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 3:00 pm/4:00 pm
Check in/Awards 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537



Stanley wins the 2021 Tournament of Champions

The CKA Tournament of Champions was established in 2016 to provide the club’s top anglers with a chance to fish one final club event each season. Denny Romero won that first event, which was held on the Yadkin River, and since then the tournament has become a prestigious end-of-season battle for prizes and trophies.

The 2021 edition was held on lakes Marion and Moultrie in South Carolina, and was CKA’s first ever out of state event. 14 anglers battled over the course of two days (Sept 25-26) for guaranteed payouts.

Event Recap

On Day 1, the bite started slow for the entire field, but Rick Morris figured it out and surged to a day 1 lead with a big limit of 5 bass that measured a total of 92″. The defending champion Keith McGee also climbed the leaderboard, posting one of only 3 limits that were caught. 2021 AOY Rick Rowland and posted a 4 fish limit, as did Christopher Decker. But as the day wore on, 2021 Rookie of the Year Jared Stanley made his presence known, and he ended day 1 with a limit of 89.25″.

Day 2 produced a battle at the top of the board. Stanley surged to an early lead, while Rick Morris figured out the bite. Morris climbed the leader board to retake the lead, and the two anglers exchanged fish. It would be close as each searched for upgrades. In the meantime, Christopher Decker put together 4 fish, and made his way into 3rd place.

Stanley would fish with 160.50″ for his two day total, 2.75″ better than Morris, who finished second overall. Decker finished in 3rd.

For his victory, Stanley took home $2,000. Morris earned $1,000 for second place, and Decker won $500. The Optional Big Bass Pool winners Jared Stanley Day 1 and Ryan Freeman Day 2 – each won $120 and a $25 YakAttack gift certificate! Both weighed in 22.75” toads.

For complete standings, click here.

For a complete history of the Tournament of Champions, click here.


CKA Gate City Classic doesn’t disappoint!

After a long season of travel and points battles across North Carolina the regular season finally came to its traditional finale with the Gate City Classic presented by Get Outdoors Paddlesports! The weather was near perfect throughout the week with cooler temperatures which should have got the bass biting really well which was the case in the lower end of the lake. The main lake area seemed far less active than the previous weekends there however.

The day started with 54 anglers heading out to their choice of lakes in the Greensboro area including Lake Mackintosh, High Point City Lake, Randleman Reservoir, Lake Brandt, Oak Hollow Lake and Lake Townsend. Most of the anglers seemed to but their bets on Mackintosh and Randleman.

Early lead changes were plenty however Justin Faircloth seemed to hold the lead for most of the morning and until the standings were shut off. The bite at Randleman seemed to have been tough in the morning with the lake only giving up some smaller fish. There were similar reports from High Point City lake where the small bite was on, but the bigger bass seemed to be allusive. The folks on the upper end of Mackintosh seemed to be struggling for any bites, and not the size they were hoping for as well.

Around 1pm after some splashing and commotion Eric Nelson was called over by Bryan Tsiolkas who had just landed a fish about 40 yards away. Turned out the splashing was from a giant 23” 7.6lb toad that Bryan wanted a picture with. After snapping a few photos of the big girl, Eric and Bryan were both able to get their limits in short order fishing in close proximity. The big bass ended up being the 2021 Big Bass sponsored by Faircloth Chimney Sweeps and Wildlife Removal, earning Bryan $500 and a custom Ketch board!

Meanwhile Justin and Matt Hawj were busy upgrading fish, while points leaders were seemingly struggling to make up ground. The points leader going into to the event was Rick Rowland who ended the day in 17th place with only 72”, a big drop from his massive 104” win a month or so previously with CCKF!

At the end of the event anglers were welcomed at Get Outdoors who was gracious enough to block off the main parking for the awards, GO also was nice to provide CKA with some new YakAttack gear prizes to hand out to the anglers!

A CKA OG Mr. Matt Hawj came out to play for the second time this year and took the win with 88.5” after being able to slowly upgrade throughout the day including a 22” toad from Randleman! First place paid out

Unfortunately neither Bryan nor Matt Hawj entered the optional Big Bass pot and missed out of $470 which went to Matt Dunn with his 21.75” bass! That fish was tied with Brian Falbe’s 21.75” but Mr. Dunn broke the tie with second big fish that was over 19”.

Second place went to Justin Faircloth who was there all day falling just short of the win with 86.75”. Justin had done what he needed to do in order to contend for Rookie of the Year with a tight race coming down to the final event as well. Following in Third place was the 2020 Tournament of Champions winner Keith McGee with 84.75”. Fourth was none other than Joey Sullivan with 83.5”.

5 Bryan Tsiolkas 83.00
6 Lee Hawj 82.25
7 Shelly Efird 81.50
8 Garriett Chavis 80.00
9 Dustin Matthews 79.75

East vs West Anglers Choice Results

The last regular season event before the Angler of the Year title is decided at the Gate City Classic was a wild one with 16 anglers representing Western North Carolina at Lake James and 26 representing Easten North Carolina. 
Both lakes loaded with local hammers taking on the challenge of clear water lakes in the dog days of summer was more of a tight race than we had planned for! 40 of 42 anglers were able to put fish on the board, only 17 anglers were able to grind out a limit however. 
Mayo Lake anglers put up 101 fish for a total of 1,204.25″ of bass for an average length of 11.9″ with 11 limits being caught. Lake James anglers put up 63 fish for a total 731.00″ of bass for an average length of 11.6″ of largemouth and smallmouth bass with 6 anglers putting a limit on the board. 
At the end of the day, after the boards went down many anglers were finding problems at Mayo and James with uploading their catches on phones using Verizon, regardless of cell signal strength. This caused the director’s to vote to allow additional time for uploads to help anglers at both lakes get their catches submitted, other than that the entire day went smooth for the judging with only 1 fish that was denied due to an angler error with the photo. Always check your photos to be sure the entire board, fish, ID is in the photo along with the other photo rule standards! Release the fish when you are positive you have a perfect photo!
Ronnie Murphy entered the event Friday with the confidence of James being his home lake also believing that he could win a slot in the Tournament of Champions so he opted to send in membership dues as well! Turns out that was a great call as he took the overall win at Lake James with 77.25″ for $780, 2 inches over 2nd place! Ronnie also secured a spot in the Tournament of Champions at Santee Cooper!
Jereme Olshefski takes 2nd place at Mayo Lake and the Tournament of Champions spot!


Jereme Olshefski came in 2nd place with 75.25″ for $468, beating Rick Morris for 3rd and $312 with a tie breaking bigger fish. Jeremy also secured a spot in the Tournament of Champions being the highest place member at Mayo Lake! Rick was also fishing at Mayo Lake.
Melvin Yang came in 4rd place overall fishing at Lake James for $100.
Rick Morris and Melvin Yang both win a pair of Solar Bat Sunglasses for being 2nd highest at each lake,  Jacob Ly win a $50 Gift Cerficate from Yakattack for their 3rd highest at each lake finish! 
Eric Nelson came in 8th place with 69″ with only 4 fish being the only angler in the top 15 without a limit!
The event also raised $100 for Socks and Cookies showing great support for our deployed active military! 
Overall Top 10:
1. Ronnie Murphy 77.25
2. Jereme Olshefski 75.25
3. Rick Morris 75.25
4. Melvin Yang 74.75
6. Jacob Ly 72.50
7. Yee Hang 70.00
8. Eric Nelson 69.00
9. Garriett Chavis 67.50
10. Luke Greco 67.00
By Lake Top 3:
Lake James
Ronnie Murphy 77.25
Melvin Yang 74.75
Jacob Ly 72.50
Mayo Lake
Jereme Olshefski 75.25
Rick Morris 75.25

East vs. West Angler’s Choice Update

This weekend is the Lake Mayo and Lake James Angler’s Choice event and there have been some questions on the format and what it means for the Angler of the Year and Tournament of Champions qualifiers. 


Because we had a couple winners that were not paid members, we opted to add an additional qualifying spot for this event for the ToC at Santee Cooper lakes. We also have the bonus prizes for each lake:

  • Highest Score will receive a Champion award and a Tournament of Champions Slot
  • 2nd Highest at each will receive a pair of Solar Bat sunglasses
  • 3rd Highest at each will receive a $50 YakAttack Gift Certificate

Points and Payouts

There are 2 options for this event based on turnout, so push as many folks as you can to participate! 

Option 1 – Less than 30 anglers at either lake: 

  • Standard points and payouts of the combined total as if it was just a typical multi-lake CKA event. 

Option 2: More than 30 anglers a both lakes: 

  • 10% field payout at each lake, Points scores per lake. Ie. James 1st place is 200 points, Mayo first place is 200 points etc.