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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CKA at the 2018 KBF National Championship

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

 

 

 

CKA Rookie of the Year Standings Update

Hi everyone,

As we announced a few months ago, CKA will honor the Rookie of the Year in 2018. This award will go to the highest ranked 1st year angler in the series based on the aggregate of his or her 4 best event scores. In addition to other prizes the CKA 2018 Rookie of the Year will also receive an invite to the 2-day Tournament of Champions in mid-October.

We were very excited to see so many 1st time anglers sign up for the tournament at Hyco. It was great to meet so many new people interested in the sport and the CKA series. We hope to see more new folks in the mix as the season unfolds, too.

We will periodically update and publish the ROY standings. Here are the current Rookie Of The Year standings after Hyco:

NAME Hyco Rank
Graham Reay
189 1
Mark Wilkins
171 2
John Stone
167 3
Anthony Brinkley
165 4
Mike Wimmer
164 5
Keith McGee
155 6
Terry Wheeler Jr
154 7
Bernie Garrett
152 8
Ker Xiong
147 9
Ryan Freeman
145 10
Lee Payne
144 11
Brandon Bertovich 20 12
Travis Bevill
20 12
James Blackburn
20 12
Brad Clayton
20 12
Eric Garcia-Ochoa
20 12
Kayla Ingram
20 12
Matt Kaufmann
20 12
Josh Lewis
20 12
Chris Morris
20 12
JEREMY SMITH
20 12
Tony Tant
20 12
David Truban
20 12

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CKA Tournament 2: Lake Hickory (March 31st)

CKA Tournament #2
March 31, 2018
Lake Hickory

 

Welcome anglers to the 2nd CKA tournament of the 2018 season and thanks again to all who participated at Lake Hyco last month!

Our 2nd tournament of the season will be held on March  31st on Lake Hickory, a 4200 acre lake on the Catawba River chain. Hickory proved to be a surprise last season when we fished it for the first time on our tournament trail. The lake gave up several large limits during the post-spawn period and many anglers expressed an interest in fishing it again. So let’s see how it fishes during the pre-spawn/early spawn phase of the season. Let’s also see if CKA Tournament Director Wayne Butler – the only CKA staff member to ever win a single angler event – can defend his Hickory crown from last season or top the 58.5” limit he posted!

  • This is a Multi Launch event (the 5 ramps listed below are the only legal launches).
  • Anglers are to remain within 30 yards of the launch area prior to the 6:45am 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 CODE will be released Friday 3/30 after 9:00pm EST. We will provide instructions at that time how to populate the identifier.
  • TourneyX sign up will be cutoff on Friday 3/30 at 10:00pm EST.
  • This will be the season’s first multi-launch event, so budget time for travel from your launch to check in. Remember you must be present at the Wittenburg check in by 3:15 pm.
  • Photographs will not be uploaded after that time, manually or otherwise.

TourneyX Sign Up: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-2-lake-hickory

                                               Event Info

Sign up Tourneyx
Fee $50.00 Entry (includes H.O.W, TourneyX, Big Fish fees)
Event Date March 31st 2018
Format 3 fish (8” minimum). Hawg Trough measure required.     
Lines in 6:45 am
Lines Out 2:45 pm
Check in/Photo upload ends 3:15 pm
  Check in Address:             Wittenburg Landing  193-229 Wildlife Access Rd. Hickory, NC 28601

 

Approved Launches
1. Gunpowder
5450 Hurricane Hill Road
Granite Falls, NC 28630

2. Lovelady
5682 Rocky Mount Rd
Granite Falls, NC 28630

3. Wittenburg Landing
175 Wildlife Access Rd
Hickory, NC 28601

4. Dusty Ridge
508 Dusty Ridge Access Rd
Taylorsville, NC 28681

5. Oxford
1874 Claude Rd
Claremont, NC 28610