CKA Mission Statement
Carolina Kayak Anglers promotes kayak fishing in the form of competitive tournaments, partnership with kayak fishing industry sponsors and charitable events that assist military veterans and active duty U.S. Armed Forces personnel. Founded in 2013, Carolina Kayak Anglers, or CKA as it is popularly known, has organized dozens of kayak fishing events in North Carolina. In doing so it has transformed the state’s kayak fishing community into one of the largest and most successful kayak fishing scenes in the United States. As a leading ambassador of a rapidly growing sport, CKA upholds its core values of fair competition, good sportsmanship and responsible outdoor recreation for anglers and paddlers.
CKA’s primary competitive tournament series holds 9 annual tournaments from February-October of every year in which the target is black bass species. No membership is required to attend and fish in CKA events – anglers simply sign a liability waver, pay a fee and fish. Anglers compete for cash prizes and other rewards at 8 regular season individual events. In addition, Angler of the Year (AOY) points are awarded, the sum of which determine the AOY at CKA’s final annual competition, the Gate City Classic, in September of every calendar year. Hosted by Get: Outdoors, a random draw at the Gate City Classic also determines the location of the Tournament of Champions event in October of every year, where the top 25 anglers in the series face off in a single, winner take all tournament. CKA also hosts occasional team events.
CKA promotes the sport of kayak fishing through and for its sponsors and allied organizations. We partner in and coordinate events with other state-based series, advertise and distribute sponsor products and collaborate with national organizations to grow the sport of kayak fishing. Our sponsors include kayak brands, fishing tackle companies and retailers, as well as manufacturers of clothing and gear for paddle sports.
Carolina Kayak Anglers was founded by military veterans from three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. In recognition of the sacrifices made by active duty personnel and veterans, CKA donates a portion of every tournament entry fee to Heroes on the Water (HOW), a charitable organization dedicated to helping veterans and active duty personnel fish, paddle and join the community of kayak anglers. CKA raises thousands of dollars every year for the charity. Furthermore, HOW representatives fish in CKA events, educating anglers about the charity, explaining the organization’s successes and plans while building awareness for veteran’s issues.