January 2018 CKA Newsletter: Payout Updates, ROY, etc

January 2018 CKA Newsletter

This post address a number of different additions and changes we will implement with CKA for the 2018 season. Topics include payouts, registration fees, the new Rookie of the Year prize, operational costs and the revised Tournament of Champions format. While each change is unique, they are also interdependent.

First, CKA has adjusted its payout format on several occasions over the years. It has done so in order to account for several factors, including the growing popularity of the series as well as to balance sponsor giveaways with cash prizes. Additionally, CKA always considers feedback from the anglers who participate in the series. We listened last season and came up with a solution that was as close as possible to what anglers requested. In these ways and others, the payout update below is no different from past changes. Here are the major points:


  1. CKA will pay out more places at each 2018 event. Last season we paid out 10% of the field, or 1 in 10 spots. This season we will pay out deeper into the field, or roughly 1 in 8 spots. For example, we average 58 anglers per event 2017. At an average 2017 event, we paid 5 spots. This season, that will be 8 spots at a 58 angler event (58 being our average attendance). Big Bass payouts will continue for each tournament.
  2. In 2018, the 2-day Tournament of Champions will have a new priority as the culminating event of our season. The new payout structure makes this possible. Please stay tuned for a follow up post with all of the details pertaining to this exciting event, but as it stands, we are budgeting to make it a “free” event so that qualifying anglers will only pay a nominal Tourneyx fee.
  3. CKA will continue to donate to H.O.W. but we have restructured contributions to increase tournament payouts.
  4. CKA will deduct a small amount from each registration fee to cover operating costs. As CKA has grown, tournament directors have paid out of pocket for many costs including user Paypal fees, payments to Tourney X, merchandise advances, compensation of judges and equipment purchases. Rather than ask anglers to pay a membership fee, we will deduct
  5. For the first time in our existence, one new CKA angler will be crowned Rookie of the Year. Details to follow but we are excited about seeing new anglers compete for this title.

During this off season, all four tournament directors debated the best way to sustain the series, expand payouts, maintain charity commitments and reward anglers. We consulted anglers and discussed with series sponsors. It was a long process with one goal in mind: to improve the rewards to anglers. This was our solution, and we hope you will find it reasonable. Thank you for your support.

CKA 2017 Year in Review

Carolina Kayak Anglers: 2017 Year in Review

CKA has become one of the nation’s most widely recognized state-based kayak tournament fishing series. This is entirely due to the great anglers who participate in the tournaments. You drive to compete in our tournaments on North Carolina’s excellent bass fisheries. You grind for fish over long days, enduring the wind and the rain, the sun and the heat. You compete locally and nationally, and at a high level in both. So there is no other way to begin this review than to acknowledge a simple fact: CKA anglers made 2017 the year that turned CKA from a popular regional series into a nationally recognized one.

A simple fact confirms this: when we held the joint CKA/KBF Trail events at Falls Lake and Randleman, you turned out in large numbers, making them the two of the three most well attended events of the season. Yes, the prizes were big, but the nation’s top kayak anglers were also there. CKA anglers stepped up against the strongest competition of the season and won1st place in both events.

And so, we have to begin our year in review with an expression of gratitude: thank you all for making it a great season.

For the season itself, 2017 featured larger payouts, great attendance, big limits, big fish and a number of other milestones. The numbers below paint that picture.

Read more “CKA 2017 Year in Review”

CKA Anglers in 2017 KBF Open & Trail Events

CKA Anglers in 2017 KBF Open& Trail Events

This is the last of three posts reviewing CKA anglers in national competition. The first post reviewed CKA results at the National Championship, while the second reviewed on line Challenge tournaments. Where the National Championship is currently the largest and potentially most lucrative tournament event in the country, and the on-line events are longer yet pay out less, the Open and Trail events are intermediate between them: they pay out more, tend to be large regional events and also earn more AOY points for KBF Members.

CKA anglers represented North Carolina at a high level in Trail and Open events in 2017.  Two of our regular anglers – Jamie Denison and Rick Rowland – spent the entire season in the top 5 of the KBF AOY race, with Rick Rowland holding the number 1 spot for the majority of the season. This was largely due to their participation and performance in Open and Trail events. Additionally, many other CKA regulars traveled to Trail and Open events. This post lists the most notable results of the season.

Before proceeding, CKA staff thanks everyone who represented North Carolina in these events. It was a great year for CKA anglers on the national competition circuit, and it was fun to follow events and see the results.
First, the Open events. With a guaranteed payout of $10,000, both KBF members and non-members may compete in these events. Held on large, well-known lakes, there are only a handful of Open events every season (there were only 2 in 2017, but there will be 6 in 2018), but they are very well attended, with hundreds of anglers participating for prizes and points. 

The best finishes by CKA anglers were as follows:

o        Rick Rowland 1st place o        KBF Open, Kentucky Lake
o        Cory Dreyer 3rd place o        KBF Open, Kentucky Lake
o        Austin Vang 13th place o        KBF Open, Kentucky Lake
o        Cory Dreyer 13th Place o        KBF Open, Toledo Bend
o        Shelly Efird 16th place o        KBF Open, Kentucky Lake


In the other category, the KBF Trail Events, CKA anglers fished often, traveling long distances to compete on a regular basis. We only included top 10 finishes in the list below due to the large attendance of CKA anglers in Trail events. Note that the Chickamauga and New River events listed below reflect results for two separate Trail events that were held at each of those water bodies at different times.


o        Rick Rowland 1st place o        Falls Lake
o        Rick Rowland 1st place o        Smith Mountain
o        PC Hawj 1st place o        Lake Randleman
o        Buster Swisher 2nd place o        Lake Randleman
o        PC Hawj 2nd place o        Falls Lake
o        Calvin Keller 3rd place o        Lake Randleman
o        Matt Hawj 3rd place o        Falls Lake
o        Marcus Smith 4th place o        Lake Randleman
o        Rick Rowland 4th Place o        Santee Cooper
o        Jamie Denison 4th place o        Chickamauga
o        Austin Vang 4th place o        Falls Lake
o        Austin Vang 5th place o        Lake Randleman
o        Shelly Efird 5th Place o        Falls Lake
o        Aaron Trexler  6th place o        New River
o        Matt Hawj 6th place o        Lake Randleman
o        Tony Uselman 6th place o        Falls Lake
o        Matt Dunn 7th place o        Falls Lake
o        Melvin Yang 7th place o        Lake Randleman
o        Mitch Rhodes 8th place o        Lake Randleman
o        Jamie Denison 9th Place o        Lake Randleman
o        Brandon Jessup 9th Place o        Smith Mountain
o        Brandon Jessup 9th Place o        Falls Lake
o        Rick Rowland 9th place o        New River
o        Rick Rowland 10th place o        Chickamauga
o        Shaun Applegate 10th place o        Lake Randleman
o        Bob Dainton 10th place o        Falls Lake



KBF Membership reminder

Hello everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that KBF requires membership registration by July 31st for anglers who expect to qualify for and attend the 2018 National Championship at Kentucky Lake next March. If you do not register as a KBF member by that time your spot will roll down to the next angler.

Remember that the top 5 anglers in the CKA standings will qualify for the National Championship. There is a tight numerical grouping at the top of our standings and some may not want to risk signing up only to finish 6th and not get a roll down. That is fine. But should you earn big points at the final two CKA events and make our top 5 after the deadline,  please understand there is nothing we can do about it. The next KBF member in the standings will get that spot.

Additionally, if you are a CKA angler who has already qualified for the National Championship through some other format such as an Open, Trail event or On-line Challenge, please remember that you must register for the National Championship on Tourneyx. You do not yet have to pay, but you do have to register.

We would hate for some of you to miss out on a chance at the National Championship because of a deadline, so we are posting this as a reminder. We are a KBF affiliate and we  encourage membership. KBF offers varied memberships options, including military discounts, lifetime memberships, student memberships, etc.For more information, see the KBF membership page at the following link: http://www.kayakbassfishing.com/membership/


CKA Photo Gallery: Randleman Lake

Hello everyone,

We are catching up on posts, and apologize for the delay. Our site was transferred to a new server last week and we had some changes to make.

We updated the 2017 gallery with photos from Randleman, including action shots that were not posted to Facebook. Thank you everyone for making it a great tournament and congratulations to the winners on both the CKA and KBF events! Thank you also to Get:Outdoors for hosting the Captains Meeting, and all of our sponsors. Wilderness Systems deserves a special thanks for providing the Radar 115! You can see the photo gallery here: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=1586

We will post AOY update and details for the Shearon Harris event in the coming days. One quick note about the Harris tournament: both ramps will be available to anglers, and CKA staff will be at each for the morning check ins/meetings.