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
The Combined Kayak Fishing Trails of North Carolina present
FOUR TRAILS FOR THERESA AND TIM
A charity event for Tim “NCPierman” Taramelli & Family
On July 15th, 2018, fisherman and fishing guide Mr. Timothy Taramelli was driving with his daughter Theresa to go fishing at Core Creek on the southern Neuse River. Tim and Theresa were severely injured when Tim’s truck was struck by another vehicle. To raise money for his family’s medical expenses, the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association, Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing, Carolina Kayak Anglers and Plastic Pirates have combined to sponsor a month-long charity event in which 100% of entry fees will go to the Taramelli family.
- Month-long event (Midnight, October 1st to Midnight, October 31st). Sign up open throughout the month.
- Total length of your 5 best black bass (spotted, largemouth, or smallmouth)
- Rigid measuring boards (Hawg Trough, Ketch Board, Fish Stik only). No tape measures!
- Anglers may fish any water (without trespassing) from a kayak, canoe, or boat (catamaran, SUP, power, sail, jonboat, raft, etc), as well as bank fish.
Tourneyx.com has graciously donated tournament support and a charity page. Free sign up here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/four-trails-for-theresa-and-tim
Anglers donate the $40 entry fee through Paypal: PAWDUKES2@aol.com
Sponsors & Prizes
Native Kayaks has donated a Versa Board (Hidden Oak). Additional sponsors include Vicious Fishing Black Bear Tackle Fishing with Attitude Power Team Lures Personaform, Designs Lenovo Computers C3 Baits Carolina Custom Rods Bending Branches Biospawn YakAttack & more!
Raffle prize tickets available (Entry = 5, Limit + 10, Big Bass + 15, Small bass + 10. 1st place receives 30, 2nd place 20, 3rd place 10, 4th 5, 5th 3). All prizes random draw. Contact Vinny Ferreri at QCKBF for prize package details.
Participating anglers and donors are welcome to come out and meet some of the directors of this event. NCKFA, CKA, QCKBF and Plastic Pirates will all host kayak fishing tournaments in October, and black bass species caught in those tournaments can also be posted to the charity event. Come by and say hello!
NCKFA hosts its redfish on line tournament in October, and also the Oak Island Classic October 12-14th. For more info see http://www.nckfa.com/
Plastic Pirate Shootout hosts a single day kayak bass fishing event at Tuckertown Lake on October 28th. It’s a perfect chance to finish strong at the end of the month. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/plasticpirateshootout/
QCKBF hosts tournaments at Mountain Island Lake on October 6th (Ladies Only) and October 15th. Info here: http://qckayakbassfishing.com/schedule/
CKA hosts the Gate City Classic and a KBF Trail on Oct 6th. More info at https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/
Well, Hurricane Florence saved her worst for last so far as central North Carolina is concerned. We were hit with catastrophic flooding caused by torrential rains that swamped the area over the past 36 hours. The CKA tournament directors discussed the matter extensively among themselves and also with KBF and Get: Outdoors. Our final determination was that damaged roads, closed launches and flooded lakes made the event impossible to hold this coming weekend.
As a result, the Gate City Classic/KBF Trail is postponed to October 6th.
If you already paid for the CKA event and would like a refund, email Will Seely at Get:Outdoors at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you already paid for the KBF Trail event and cannot make the re-scheduled date, contact Richard Penny.
We appreciate your patience, and we hope everyone continues to stay safe.
Larry, Henry, Ron, Ralph and Wayne
We hope everyone is riding out the remainder of Hurricane Florence in safety. Based on current conditions and the current forecast, we are planning to conclude the regular season this coming Saturday at the Gate City Classic/KBF Trail. Sign up!
As you will see in the standings, the race remains open in both categories. In the Angler of the Year race, defending AOY PC Hawj holds a slim lead with a couple anglers breathing right down his neck. Mathematically speaking, any one of the top 16 anglers could take the crown, although probabilities decrease the farther down you go on the list.
In the Rookie of the Year race, the top 8 anglers all have a shot, and only 2 points separate the top 2 anglers!
We finish it this Saturday, Sept 22nd, at the Classic!!!!!
The ROY/AOY file is below in Excel spreadsheet format. To toggle between AOY and ROY standings, go to the bottom of the Excel file, here: CKA 2018 AOY ROY Update 09142018
The Gate City Classic
October 6th, 2018
Hi everyone, and get ready for the Gate City Classic! The Classic is when we conclude and celebrate our season with fishing and food. This year it will also be when we determine – for the first time – the CKA Rookie of the Year! A number of prizes, qualifications and details are also determined on this final day of the regular season. They include:
- AOY winner. The CKA Angler of the Year wins a custom prize package
- KBF National Championship slots for the top 5.
- The final standings to determine anglers who will proceed to the Tournament of Champions on October 13th.
- Location selection for the Tournament of Champions. The lake is announced after the Classic and Final standings are announced.
Additionally, this year’s event is notable because we will also host a KBF Trail event. Remember that the 2019 KBF National Championship will be a multi-lake event, so the Gate City Classic is an excellent practice event for qualified anglers. And because the KBF AOY race is tight, and many KBF anglers are jostling for position in “The Ten” at Bienville Plantation, we expect a large turnout for the combined events.
- Event Details
As noted above, the Classic 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
- Tournament Identifiers
- Boundaries and rules
- Captains Meeting time and location info
- Tournament Start/End Times
- Post-Event Check-In info & KBF Trail Payouts
- Lake info
For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/
Now for the event details. Because this is a multi-lake event, please read carefully. Note that anglers pay to the Get Outdoors site below, and also register on Tourneyx!
Entry fee for the classic is $50 and this will include your donation to HOW, your entry for big bass and placing.
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
To sign up for the KBF Trail, click here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2018-kbf-trail-38-gate-city-classic-nc
If you have not yet done so, please create a Tourney X angler account for event registration.
2. Tournament ID’s
Your CKA ID will be posted at mid-week. Print spare copies, as always. The ID code will be posted to the CKA Facebook page on Friday night before the tournament (it will also appear on our Twitter and Instagram pages). Please write the ID posted on your ID card. The number must be visible in the photo and we must be able to read the ID number in order for the fish you submit to Tourneyx to be valid.
KBF Identifier codes will be released through Tourneyx and posted to the KBF ID page at this link: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/identifiers/
3. Boundaries and Rules
You are responsible for reading and following all CKA/KBF rules. All local lake rules also apply, so be careful to read the regulations for the lake you choose to fish. You can CKA rules at this link: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38
This joint event will follow KBF rules only, and dismiss any CKA exceptions to the KBF rules made on the CKA rules page. For example, motors are allowed for both events. This means that even an angler who only fishes the CKA event is still responsible for following KBF rules.
Therefore, anglers must be familiar with and follow KBF rules as well as all North Carolina fishing laws and local regulations as they apply to Randleman Lake.
LINK TO KBF RULES: http://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-overview/
The tournament is a multi-launch event, and the listed lakes and access areas (below) will be the only eligible locations to launch. This is because KBF rules require equal access for all anglers. Keep in mind that some launches have limited space and different hours. Be sure to know the lake rules, arrive early, respect fellow boaters and be careful and helpful at the launches. There may also be additional launch fees.
Please keep in mind that CKA and KBF do not control access to the ramps and if a gate is closed or it opens late, there is nothing either series can do to change that fact. Late opening will not affect check-in time at the end of the day, and all anglers must be present at Get Outdoors for check in before the deadline.
5. Captains Meeting
There will be a live Captains Meeting the night prior to the event. The first will be held on Friday evening at Get Outdoors. Anglers are not required to attend the meeting, but strongly encouraged to do so. If you do not attend the meeting you must watch the virtual captains meeting on youtube at this link:
CKA will provide identifiers at the Captains meetings. KBF Trail anglers will receive their identifier codes through TourneyX and on the KBF identifier page of the KBF website. Those codes must be written correctly on the KBF identifier.
Captains Meeting (Friday, October 5th, 7:00 pm)
Place: Get: Outdoors
515 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
6. Tournament Start/End Times
Lines In: You may paddle to your spots but you cannot start fishing before 7:00 a.m.
Lines out: 3:00 p.m. Remember that you will not be able to post fish to TourneyX after 3 pm.
We will meet at Get Outdoors. All anglers must be checked in by 4 pm. This means that you must present yourself at the check in desk by that time, without exception. The check in area will be next to the front register.
Anglers must be present at the post-tournament check-in in order to collect prizes. If you leave the event early and will not attend the check-in, we ask that you send us a message so we know you are safe.
Anglers must sign the check in sheet for each event in which they compete. Anglers must be in line at Get Outdoors to sign in by 4 pm. No exceptions!
Check-in location will be
Get Outdoors Address
1515 West Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC 27403
You must be signed in at Get Outdoors on Saturday by 4:00 p.m. or standard deductions apply (see rules).
Note: KBF Trail events are complex events that require months of planning. After anglers compete, they should be aware of the following post-event processes and resources.
- KBF prizes are distributed after a thorough review of judged photos, processing of necessary tax paperwork and after settlement of disputes. This is done to ensure the correct results, and generally takes several days. For more about those processes, see the KBF Rules standard sections 12, 13 and 17, here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/
- The Trail payout scale is as follows, as of 2018: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-KBF-TRAIL-Payouts-Chart.pdf
- Relevant IRS tax forms can be found at: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf
- For questions about dispute resolution, contact KBF Director of Operations Richard Penny: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/staff/richard-penny/
- To inquire about money won in KBF competition, contact Kristie Hoover: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/staff/kristie-hoover/
Note: be sure your Paypal address is correct in your KBF account
- To claim prizes other than money from KBF, go to this page: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/prize-claims-form/
8. Tournament Lakes
You can fish your choice of the following launch locations as soon as the lake allows on the morning of the event. Hours vary at each launch.
- Randleman Regional Reservoir
Southwest Park, 3403 Wall Road, Greensboro, NC 27407 – $5
336-641-3544 – No gasoline motors – No SUPs – 513 acres with no gas motors, 3,007 acres total
7 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Randleman Marina, 7123 Adams Farm Road, Randleman, NC 27317 – $5
336-498-5281 – Maximum speed limit 25 mph – No SUPs – 3,007 total acres
0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Lake Higgins
Higgins Marina, 4235 Hamburg Mill Road, Summerfield, NC 27358 – $6
336-373-3739 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 226 acres
8 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Oak Hollow Lake
Oak Hollow Marina, 3431 North Centennial Street, High Point, NC 27265 – $5
336-883-3494 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 800 acres
0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Lake Townsend
Townsend Marina, 6332 Townsend Road, Brown Summit, NC 27214 – $6
336-373-3694 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 1,542 acres
0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Lake Brandt
Brandt Marina, 5945 Lake Brandt Road, Greensboro, NC 27455 – $6
336-373-3741 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 816 acres
0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Lake Macintosh
Lake Mackintosh Marina, 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 – $5 launch fee. Tel: 336-538-0896 – No horsepower restrictions, but large area for non-gas – No SUPs – 1,100 acres
0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
- Guilford-Mackintosh Marina (Lake Macintosh), 1345 NC 61 South, Whitsett, N.C. This is the western side of the lake, with an area that restricts use of gas-powered engines.