Angler of the Year (AOY) recognizes the top CKA series angler for each season. The AOY designation is earned by the angler’s cumulative score from his or her 6 best events. An AOY victory is a difficult victory to achieve: every cast, every paddle, and every point counts over the course of a long season. While hundreds of anglers fish the entire CKA tournament season, there is only one AOY.
Here is how it works:
A0Y points are awarded to every angler who participates in a tournament. Points in each tournament are awarded based upon the overall cumulative length of the top 3 fish an angler has landed, photographed and submitted through TourneyX. Overall length determines the final tournament standings, which are posted live at the end of each event.
CKA staff tabulates and tracks point totals for each event, then updates and posts the AOY standings file on a regular basis. The final AOY standings are determined by the sum total of an angler’s top 6 event scores and a victor is announced at CKA’s final annual competition, the Gate City Classic, in September of every calendar year, hosted by Get: Outdoors.
AOY points determine a range of benefits for anglers:
- The overall Angler of the Year designation, and associated prizes
- The top 5 in the AOY standings qualify for the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship
- The top 25 in the AOY standings qualify for the CKA Tournament of Champions
The AOY tabulation system functions as illustrated below, using the older “tournament dry erase board” system, which has since been replaced by Tourneyx:
A. Points System
A points system is used to track the AOY race. CKA awards 100 points for 1st place, 97 for 2nd place, 94 for 3rd, 91 for 4th, 90 for 5th, 89 for 6th, 88 for 7th, and so forth. An angler without a fish will receive 10 points.
An angler’s 6 best finishes will count toward the final AOY tally. Those 6 scores are added together at the end of the season following the Gate City Classic. In the event of a tie, the total inches caught during the 6 scored events will determine the AOY score.
B. Event scoring
- A leader board is filled out at the conclusion of a CKA event (in the photo below, the 2015 Gate City Classic). The board is compiled after review of angler CPR submissions, and angler placement is filled out to indicate the angler’s event standings (in the “Rank” column in red ink on right, below). CKA now uses the TourneyX page for each event in the same way in order to tabulate scores.
2. The tournament board is then converted into a spread sheet that contains individual event standings, as seen below in an example from a different event (CKA Falls Lake, 2016):
3. Complete results from live events are then tabulated and compiled into a file that shows each angler’s AOY point totals. AOY totals are based on the cumulative score of the angler’s top 6 single event scores. This is illustrated below in a file from an earlier season, when only the top 5 scores were counted toward AOY: