CKA Tournament payouts are calculated according to the number of anglers participating in each event. When entry fees exceed a certain threshold of anglers, payout places increase as the tournament pot is divided by the number of places to be paid. For example, through 2017, events with up to 39 anglers paid out to 3rd place. When an event had 40 or more anglers, payout places increase by one place for every 10 anglers, so 40 or more anglers paid 4th place, 50 or more paid 5th place, and so on for 10% of the field.
The payout scale has changed beginning in 2018, as CKA will pay more places deeper into the field. At the High Rock tournament in April of 2018, CKA paid out 9 places in a field of 64 anglers (and 8 places in a field of 58 at Hickory in March).
Anglers must be present in order to receive payouts, which take place after standings are tabulated and finalized at a tournament’s conclusion. An angler who is not present at the end of the tournament forfeits his/her winnings to the next placing angler.