Tournament of Champions Recap

CKA Tournament 9

Tournament of Champions

Lake Norman

October 21-22, 2017

The Tournament of Champions marks the end of the CKA tournament season. CKA established the Tournament of Champions to reward the top 25 anglers in the AOY standings with an opportunity to fish for one last prize – a winner take all event. The 2016 edition was a single day event won by Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Similar to last year’s attendance of 19 anglers, the 2017 edition drew 18 of the top 25 anglers (a few roll down spots were included). Unlike the first edition of the Tournament of Champions, this was a 2 day event, with a 3/2, 5 fish aggregate limit. The top prize remained unchanged – the winner took home the entire entry purse.

Day 1 of the 2017 CKA Tournament of Champions concluded with Melvin Yang leading the tournament with a three fish limit of 51.25” and Tommy Xiong just trailing the leader with 48”. Day one results are available at this link:

Day 2 of the CKA Tournament of Champions brought the remainder of the top 25 CKA anglers out for one last day to determine a champion on Lake Norman. On the final day, Melvin Yang extended his day 1 lead and anchored it with a great 19.25″ Spotted Bass. Melvin landed a 5 fish limit of 87″. For all who have fished Lake Norman, you know how impressive that is. Melvin won $900. Congratulations, Melvin Yang, for the hard fought win!

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The CKA 2017 Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

October 21-22, 2017

Lake Norman

The Tournament of Champions pits the top 25 anglers in the CKA final regular season standings against each other to determine a winner in this final tournament round of the season. Last year’s championship tournament crowned Denny Romero the winner, and like that event, this is a winner-take-all event: the 1st place finisher will win the entire prize purse. Yes, 2nd and 3rd place will also win prizes, but there is only one cash purse to win and it is the total sum of all entry fees minus the big bass pot. This year’s Tournament of Champions will take place on Lake Norman, and so the 2017 CKA season will come full circle to end where it began.

About the lake:

For those who did not fish the February CKA event, Lake Norman is fed from the north by the Catawba River, and its 520 miles of shoreline with average depths of 33 ft. and clear water will present a dynamic challenge for anglers. The upper end (where we will launch) has many structural features such as boat docks, submerged brushpiles, rock piles and long points that invite many different styles of fishing. Since this is a fall event, bass will be following different feeding patterns than those we encountered at our late winter event. In short – whether you fish for schooling bass chasing shad or bass gravitating to structure, the entire lake will present diverse fishing options.

Notes about the format: 

  • This is a two day tournament. The first day begins on Saturday, October 21st; the event ends on Sunday, October 22nd. If you do not live close to the lake, you may wish to find local camping or hotel accommodations.
  • The event is a 3/2 format. The aggregate of your 3 longest fish from Saturday and your two longest fish from Sunday will determine your total score.

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The CKA AOY, Top 25 and Complete Standings

First of all, we extend congratulations to P.C. Hawj, the 2017 Angler of the Year! By winning two consecutive events in June and July, P.C. won the A.O.Y. title and prizes, which included a new Jackson Cuda HD, a new Bending Branches Ace paddle, a new YakAttack BlackPak,  and a $500 Get Outdoors gift card. For more information about his season follow the link to the AOY 2017 page on our website.

Congratulations also to the anglers who qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Lake Norman! (We will post event info and sign up links tomorrow).

Click on the link below to see also the CKA top 25, the final regular season standings follow, and to access the full record of individual events on TourneyX.

Thanks to all who competed this season and to all of our sponsors!

AOY 2017 & Top 25

Gate City Classic Photo Gallery

We have updated the 2017 CKA photo gallery with photos from the Gate City Classic. Included there are prize winners, anglers on the water and prize drawing photographs. Share the link with friends and anglers who are interested in fishing with us next year, and thanks to all who sent and posted photos for the gallery!

We will post the 2017 AOY feature page tomorrow with the complete standings and other cool stuff. Stay tuned!


CKA Season 2017

The 2017 Gate City Classic

For the fourth consecutive year, Get:Outdoors hosted the Gate City Classic, a North Carolina Triad based kayak bass fishing event that brings the CKA regular season to a close. The Gate City Classic provides anglers one last chance to dethrone the AOY points leader, qualify for the CKA Tournament of Champions and KBF National Championship, and offers prizes and food to celebrate the CKA fishing season.

This year’s Gate City Classic followed tradition in that it shuffled rankings and welcomed new anglers to the winner’s circle. 42 anglers fished this season’s event at their choice of 6 different area lakes, and CKA paid out to 4th place. The 5th place angler won the Picasso Lures lucky draw prize package, an assortment of lures valued over $100. Additionally, the raffles provided event prizes to all anglers in attendance, and the kayak raffle was completed, and a lucky angler by the name of Sam Nhia won the Native Slayer Propel.

Finally, P.C. Hawj was crowned Angler of the Year (expect a full post with complete standings, and more about P.C.’s impressive season, later today). P.C. won the A.O.Y. title and prizes, which included a new Jackson Cuda HD,a new Bending Branches Ace paddle, a new YakAttack BlackPak,  and a $500 Get Outdoors gift card. Congratulations to P.C.!

The Gate City Classic’s winning anglers were:

1st place: Tommy Xiong (60″)

2nd place: Jamie Denison (56″)

3rd Place: Ralph Nolan (55″)

4th place: Matt Hawj  (54.75″)

5th place (Picasso Lures Prize): John Vue

Click here to see complete event standings on TourneyX

Click here to see photos from the event!