Lake Hyco CKA Tournament Recap

Hi everyone,

Our first event of 2018 came during a good warming spell that woke up the fish on local lakes. We had 74 anglers turn out to enjoy the weather and a good bite on Lake Hyco. This was our first event on the lake; the lake staff treated us well and local businesses were happy to see us too. Thank you to everyone who attended and for patronizing our series, the lake and local stores.

As for the event itself: we shared the launch with a boat tournament and it went smoothly. There was fog on the lake at launch and it burned off by mid-morning. Not unsurprisingly, many of the best fish were caught during the early bite, which took place between two fronts – a cold front that came through late Friday and the wind and light rain that arrived Saturday in the late morning. Several early leaders held position through the day and in the end the tournament was decided by the smallest margins. On a day like Saturday, every small upgrade made a difference. Here are a few numbers:

  • 162 fish were caught
  • Nearly half the field (34 anglers) caught a limit
  • The gap between 10th place and 1st place was only 4.5 inches
  • The gap between 20th place and 1st place was only 7.25 inches

In the end, we paid out 10 places to faces new and familiar. Bob Dainton, who was director of Carolina Yakfish (the series that preceded CKA, but ended in 2013) won 1st place. By winning first place, Bob also qualified for the end of season CKA Tournament of Champions. Ron Gerber (now a CKA TD) placed 5th after not fishing with CKA for a couple of seasons. We also had two out of state anglers in the money: Casey Reed from Virginia won 4th fishing his second event with us, and Graham Reay from South Carolina won 6th place.

  1. Bob Dainton
  2. Jacob Miles
  3. Drew Blair
  4. Casey Reed
  5. Ron Gerber
  6. Graham Reay
  7. P.C. Hawj
  8. Eric Nelson
  9. Aaron Miller (Aaron also won the Big Bass pot)
  10. Shelly Efird

Additionally, Matt Hawj won the Manley Fishing Rod gift certificate, John Ladd won the Bending Branches Ace Angler paddle and Arlie Minton won the Carver Covers kayak cover. 6 anglers also won BioSpawn Lure Company lure sets.

We will post the first Rookie of the Year standings in the coming days, a photo gallery,and also other new info.

Full results can be seen here:

 Thanks again to everyone, and we will see you at Lake Hickory on March 31st!


Rules Update: Tournament Measuring Boards

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.

Read more “Rules Update: Tournament Measuring Boards”

February CKA Newsletter: Rules updates

February 2018 CKA Newsletter

Hi everyone,

With the CKA tournament season ready to begin, anglers are preparing gear, shaking off paddling rust and pre-fishing water. It’s been a long winter and we’re all ready to fish!

Please read this post, which reviews important rules changes.

Working together with Kayak Bass Fishing, our tournament directors reviewed and amended CKA rules. There are some very important rule changes to review and adopt. The following is a summary of the more important changes:

  1. Do not place your identifier anywhere on the fish. This is because between hands and ID’s it was becoming too difficult to see submitted fish. Our judges need to see as much of each fish as possible so as to identify unique markings. Therefore, if you place your ID on the fish, the photo will be denied. There are no exceptions. Place the ID on your wrist, or near the fish/board, but not over the fish.


  1. CKA follows KBF rules, but makes a few exceptions (for example, we do not allow motors at CKA only events, but permit them at KBF Trail events we host). This year, KBF adopted a 12” minimum size. CKA did NOT adopt that rule. Our minimum size remains the same at 8”.


  1. Deductions have been standardized and simplified. A fish with a mouth open more than .25” is a 1” deduction. The same deduction applies to any fish whose mouth cannot be determined to clearly be touching the fence of the Hawg Trough.


  1. KBF has clarified its rules regarding PFD type as well as the size/type of permissible paddlecraft. Please review those rules as well.


  1. Anglers will sign liability waivers once again at Hyco, and thereafter check a box online at Tourneyx. You can print, read, sign and bring the waiver to the event. Waivers are on the CKA site here

KBF has clarified many rules and changed others. Please review them. CKA rules addenda and a link to KBF rules are at this link:

CKA judges and directors enforce every rule. We do so by communicating directly with anglers, so please check your phones occasionally during competition time. We understand that mistakes happen but we cannot accommodate any request to correct an error once photo submission deadlines have passed. Our goal is to provide a safe, fair series for all kayak anglers in our sport. Thank you.

Don’t forget: we launch at Hyco in 1 week! Sign up here!

Sincerely, the CKA Staff

Larry, Henry, Wayne, Ralph and Ron

2018 CKA Tournament of Champions

The 2018 Tournament of Champions has been re-designed to reward CKA anglers with an exclusive tournament experience against a field of the CKA’s top anglers. On a weekend in mid-October, the qualifiers will meet on a lake for a 2 day event. CKA will provide first day prizes, accommodations for the 10 anglers who make the day 2 cut, and a host of other prizes. One angler will be crowned the champion on day 2 and will receive a custom trophy for the event as well as cash and other prizes.

Who Qualifies

  • The 2017 Angler of the Year                   (P.C. Hawj)
  • 2018 Angler of the Year                         (Determined at the Gate City Classic)
  • 2018 Rookie of the Year                         (Highest rookie AOY score)
  • (8) 2018 Tournament Winners                (t.b.d.)
  • Places 2-15 in Angler of the Year Standings (t.b.d.)

In sum, we anticipate the field to include 25-30 anglers.

***Double qualifier spots will roll down in the AOY Standings list***

Additional details

When: October 13-14, 2018

Cost: Free Entry (Optional Big Bass $10.00)

Where: Lake will be announced in summer of 2018.

Format: 5 fish daily limit, full field competes Day One.

Top Ten advance to Day Two.

Day 2 Anglers are guaranteed prizes.

Saturday Night accommodations provided by CKA for Day 2 Anglers.

2018 CKA Rookie of the Year Announcement


We are proud to announce, for the first time in CKA’s 5-year history, that we will crown a 2018 CKA Rookie of the Year (ROY) at season’s end.  As kayak angling continues to grow (in particular kayak bass fishing), we devised the ROY as a way to welcome and reward newcomers to our series who fish throughout the season with us.

And so: The Rookie who achieves the four highest event point totals at the conclusion of the 2018 season (Gate City Kayak Classic) will be our first ever Rookie of the Year.

  • Eligible participants cannot have fished any CKA events in the first 4 years. Season 5 must be your first season.
  • No additional entry required.
  • Eligible participants will have their (4) best finishing point events count towards the title.
  • Please contact CKA via Facebook Messenger and/or the CKA Website to identify yourself as eligible and that you will be participating (results will be posted throughout the season).
  • Prize announcements will be coming soon and throughout the year as we continue to build upon a one of a kind prize package.
  • Rookie of the Year receives an automatic bid to the entry-free Tournament of Champions in October.