This post is an update/reminder concerning approved measuring devices, but it also contains an explanation of how those devices may affect scoring when a photo is unclear.
We have received several messages about which measuring devices are permissible in CKA events. The following rule applies to CKA events, per section 7c. of the KBF Rules standard:
“Acceptable measuring boards include the “Hawg Trough” manufactured by Hagen’s…., a FishStik Version 2 (with Bump Board Arrows and Lock Slide) and the Ketch Co Measuring Board.”
Anglers Denny Romero & Chris Ferguson (Chris is TD of the Plastic Pirates Trail) recently convened the directors of the 3 North Carolina Bass Kayak Fishing Trails to review how Denny and Chris compared the Hawg trough with a Ketch Board. After a careful discussion, CKA has renewed its commitment to allowing the Ketch board. The other Trails will follow different rules, so if you fish their events, contact them and ask about permitted boards (for example, Chris will only allow Hawg Troughs this season).
Pursuant to that discussion, the CKA directors want to remind anglers of a relevant rule regarding the scoring of fish, and what role a board plays in it. That rule is 10.f in the KBF Standard, and it is as follows:
“Blurry Photo/Length Unclear: Scored at the highest mark at which there is no doubt.”
In reviewing the Ketch board with a black design, we noticed low contrast between the fish tail and board. As you can see in Figure 1 below (courtesy of Denny Romero), the tail appears to be touching the 11” line, but a judge may have doubt (is that a piece of dirt?) and the rule clearly states there can be no doubt. Because the tail loses contrast between lines where there is shadow on the board, a judge could not be able to clearly determine where the tail ends. Therefore the “highest mark” applies, and the fish would be scored an 10.75″. By contrast, the fish in Figure 2 below is absolutely clear, there is no shadow and there cannot be any doubt about the length.
In short, judges cannot score on faith: they have to clearly see the entire tail/caudal fin.
Some people might note that the dark colors of the Ketch board are setting up anglers for inaccurate judging. That is incorrect. In several photos we saw, the tail was clear. We would also add that the red Ketch board appears to have the best contrast in terms of the available colors so we advise anglers who are considering the board to purchase the red color.
Additionally, poor photos/unclear lines are common also on Hawg Troughs. See, for example, the fish below. In this case sun glare rather than a shadow triggered the “highest mark” ruling. This big LM Bass was caught this past Saturday at the KBF Trail event at Lake Camanche. As you can see, the angler colored the fence of the board on the left (as the Ketch board, above, has a white vinyl added to the fence). Excellent. But sun glare and worn lines made it impossible to determine where the tail ends. Is it a 22.25”? A 22.50”? There is no doubt that it is a 22”. Therefore, it was correctly scored as a 22″.
In sum, we balanced several factors. The Ketch board is more durable and less prone to tampering, while the Hawg Trough is relatively inexpensive, less prone to sinking and most anglers already have them. In the end, we came back to square one: anglers largely determine photo quality. Be patient taking photos, take several photos at high angles above the fish and check the photos for clarity. Catch-Photo–Release (CPR) tournaments ask anglers to submit clear shots because the approved measuring devices are only as clear as the angler photographs them to be.
We appreciate your attention to the finer points and your feedback helps us run a great series. Indeed, this post began with an angler’s questions and extended through a productive discussion that helped us make a final decision.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Hyco on Saturday. The sign up link is:
Larry, Ralph, Hank, Wayne and Ron
At the end of every season, the CKA hosts a bonus tournament for its top competitors. Last year, Melvin Yang won the 2017 crown at Lake Norman and the year before that it was Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Who will be this year’s champion?
What follows is a timeline for the tournament, a list of anglers who qualified/accepted roll down spots and a map showing the check-in spot. We hope the trophies will be shipped in time, but we can assure you, the other prizes are ready!
What’s up everyone? Here are a few important updates for the Gate City Classic:
- ID Code: For CKA anglers, we will release the ID code at 8 pm on Friday night, following the non-mandatory Captains Meeting. There will be no ID card – write it on your hand or a card.
- Tournament fee: If you have not yet done so, please pay your CKA registration fee to Get Outdoors at this link: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-gate-city-classic-kayak-fishing-tournament. If you don’t pay before event begins, your catches will be disqualified.
- Food: Additionally, we will be collecting $5 a head for food. We did not include it in the registration fee (as we did in years past), but if you plan to eat Saturday, bring cash. This applies to KBF Trail participants as well.
- The Classic hours: these remain unchanged: 7 am (lines in ) – 3 pm (lines out. Please ignore any other posts on other sites indicating other times.
- Launch Openings: As all of our posts have noted, we cannot control the gate schedule at nearly a dozen different launches. We can’t control all the variables. Here is what we know: the ramp at Randleman SW Park will open early (6 am), and the Guilford ramp at Mackintosh will also open earlier than the scheduled 7:30 October time (we don’t have a precise time). If you wish to fish a certain lake, talk to the lake managers and see what they can do. Some will open early to kayak anglers but charge a small group fee. If that is the case, everyone who shows up to fish the event must be allowed in. Communicate, get organized, and talk with the lake managers.
- KBF Trail: Yes, AOY points will be awarded.
Tournament Directors will be at Get Outdoors on Friday evening from 6-7:30 pm. Come by, browse for last minute kayak fishing needs, pick up KBF ID cards, and participate in the Captains Meeting.
Thanks for fishing with us, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the event!
Ralph, Larry, Wayne, Hank and Ron
As we gear up to compete in the Gate City Classic this coming Saturday, we want to remind anglers who signed up for the KBF Trail of the option 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 Gate City Trail Big Bass Brawl (see link below)
- The biggest bass posted every hour wins $50 for the event (your bass can rollover from one hour to the next – it has to be knocked down by a longer fish).
- $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: https://kbfstore.com/products/kbf-big-bass-brawl?variant=7485562978340
Remember that you can also sign up for the CKA event (3 fish format) that runs parallel to the Trail!
To register for the CKA event, click here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-8-2018-gate-city-kayak-classic
To pay the registration for the CKA event, click here: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-gate-city-classic-kayak-fishing-tournament
Who wants to win a trophy?
A guaranteed $1,000 Payout?
A Trail Champion Coffee Mug?
Then register today before the Thursday cutoff – you can pay the entry fee later!
What’s on the line?
Carolina Kayak Anglers is a Legacy Partner of Kayak Bass Fishing. As such, KBF provides material support for Trail events hosted by CKA, including the opportunity to win large cash prizes, AOY points, prize giveaways and National Championship qualifying spots. All of those are on the line when we co-host our 2nd KBF Trail event of the season at the Gate City Classic on October 6th!