You’ve heard the stories of the huge bass and limits that CKA anglers catch at Kentucky Lake. You’ve seen the photos of CKA anglers with big checks, new kayaks and other prizes.
You’ve also heard of the pounding waves, brutal weather patterns and exhausting 20 hour days we endure to compete at the KBF National Championship every season.
This year, it’s going to be on television.
Tune in tomorrow to watch the KBF National Championship special on the Sportsman Channel (Saturday, June 23rd 9 pm) to watch the all-new KBF 1 hour special. It will be shown again also on Sunday and Wednesday.
For a complete schedule and also to watch the trailer featuring CKA anglers Cory Dreyer and Jamie Denison, click here:
As we gear up to compete on Harris this coming Saturday, we want to inform you of an opportunity to compete for additional prize money. KBF runs a Big Bass Brawl at every major Trail and Open event. Here is how it works:
- Sign up at the KBF store for the Harris Trail Big Bass Brawl (see link below)
- The biggest bass posted every hour wins $50 for the event.
- $500 goes to the angler with the biggest bass in the tournament.
- Up to $950 in Big bass money may be paid out over the course of the event
The cost to sign up is only $25. If you do not sign up, you are not eligible. Register at this link:
CKA Tournament 5
KBF Trail Event
Shearon Harris Lake, NC
June 9th, 2017
Welcome anglers to event #5 of the 2018 CKA tournament season. The tournament will be held on June 9th at Shearon Harris Lake. This is our yearly visit to world renowned Shearon Harris and it is our first time hosting a KBF Trail on the lake. The tournament will be a multi-launch event using the two available public ramps at the lake.
The event will be held in conjunction with a KBF Trail Event. Anglers may fish either the CKA and KBF event separately, or fish both events simultaneously. The CKA event is a 3 fish limit event and the KBF Trail event is a 5-fish limit event, but an angler’s 3 CKA fish can be cross-posted to the KBF event on Tourney X. Additionally, non-KBF members can compete in the KBF event but we encourage anglers to sign up as KBF members.
This post contains
- Lake and license information
- Boundaries and rules (and links to complete rules)
- Captains Meetings time and location info
- Tournament Start/End Times
- Registration links
- Post-Event Check-In info
For additional updates, visit:
CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/
KBF Trail on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/198411284075630/
Read more “Shearon Harris CKA/KBF Trail Event”
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!
Every year for the past three seasons, CKA anglers compete to be invited to the KBF National Championship. Some qualify by finishing in the top 5 of CKA’s AOY standings while others battle on-line, at KBF Trail events and at regional KBF Open tournaments.
We take many roads but we have one destination: Kentucky Lake.
And so it is that in March of every year our qualified anglers begin a new kayak fishing season by fishing for two days against a large field of nation’s top kayak anglers. The stakes are high, the days are long, but the rewards are many. Two CKA anglers (Cory Dreyer and Rick Rowland), came within inches of bringing the trophy to North Carolina in 2017, placing 5th and 3rd, respectively, and Shelly Efird and Jim Lor nearly did the same in 2016 (placing 5th and 7th). In sum, CKA has had two anglers in the top 10 every year. Will this be the breakthrough event we are all waiting for?
As anglers begin the journey to Tennessee, the CKA tournament staff, our sponsors friends and fellow anglers wish this season’s competitors the best of luck!
Looking ahead, remember also that CKA will host 2 KBF Trail events in 2018 (Harris in early June and Gate City Classic in September), and we will also help Boonedox with their Trail event at High Rock in April. A KBF Open is scheduled for Santee Cooper in early May – all are National Championship qualifier events.
The TourneyX profiles of qualified CKA anglers headed to Nationals are listed below. And don’t forget to follow live tournament results at this link on March 23-24: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2018-kbf-national-championship
Drew Blair Bob Dainton Jamie Denison Cory Dreyer Shelly Efird Brian Falbe Matt Hawj
Brandon Jessup Calvin Keller Jim Lor Shoua Lor Jacob Miles Joshua Miles Aaron Miller
Arlie Minton Nathan Naturile Eric Nelson Ralph Nolan Ed Parrish Ricky Rowland
Marcus Smith Joey Sullivan Austin Vang Henry Veggian Tommy Xiong Melvin Yang