CKA 2017 Year in Review

Carolina Kayak Anglers: 2017 Year in Review

CKA has become one of the nation’s most widely recognized state-based kayak tournament fishing series. This is entirely due to the great anglers who participate in the tournaments. You drive to compete in our tournaments on North Carolina’s excellent bass fisheries. You grind for fish over long days, enduring the wind and the rain, the sun and the heat. You compete locally and nationally, and at a high level in both. So there is no other way to begin this review than to acknowledge a simple fact: CKA anglers made 2017 the year that turned CKA from a popular regional series into a nationally recognized one.

A simple fact confirms this: when we held the joint CKA/KBF Trail events at Falls Lake and Randleman, you turned out in large numbers, making them the two of the three most well attended events of the season. Yes, the prizes were big, but the nation’s top kayak anglers were also there. CKA anglers stepped up against the strongest competition of the season and won1st place in both events.

And so, we have to begin our year in review with an expression of gratitude: thank you all for making it a great season.

For the season itself, 2017 featured larger payouts, great attendance, big limits, big fish and a number of other milestones. The numbers below paint that picture.

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Gate City Classic 2017

CKA Tournament 8

The Gate City Classic

Multi-Lake Kayak Fishing Tournament

September 30th, 2017

Hi everyone, and get ready for the Gate City Classic! As many of you know, the Classic is when we celebrate our season with fishing and food and announce the AOY. A number of prizes, qualifications and details are also determined on this final day of the regular season. They include:

  • AOY winner. The CKA Angler of the Year wins a Jackson Cuda HD, Yak Attack Black Pak, a Bending Branches paddle and a $500 Get:Outdoors gift certificate
  • Five KBF National Championship slots,
  • The kayak raffle winner (every angler has one entry for each tournament he or she fished). If you fished even a single event this season, you could win a Native Slayer Propel 13!
  • The final standings for the top 25 anglers who will proceed to the Tournament of Champions of October .
  • Location selection for the Tournament of Champions. The lake is drawn after the Classic and Final standings are announced.

This is a multi-lake event. All details are below:

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CKA AOY update July 2017

Hello everyone and thanks again to all of the anglers who recently fished at Randleman on both the CKA and KBF Trail event sides of the board (or both!).  We are posting the CKA AOY update file (see below). Note that the leader position has been overtaken!

We are also including here the latest installment of “CKA by the numbers” courtesy of Mr. Butler. It includes tournament attendance stats, lakes by number of 20″ fish caught and lists of the top limits and bass caught to this point.

  • 151 different Anglers have competed in CKA events this season.
  • 364 total anglers have competed in CKA events this season.
  • CKA events average 61 anglers per event
  • 42 bass > 20” have been submitted and accepted to CKA events.
  • Below is a list of how many were landed at each lake we have fished:
    • Norman = 0
    • Falls = 12
    • Jordan = 8
    • Hickory = 2
    • Badin = 1
    • Randleman = 19

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CKA Tournament 5: Lake Badin

CKA Event #5

Lake Badin, NC

June 3, 2017

 

CKA welcomes Anglers to Event #5 on Badin Lake (last visited by us in 2014). It’s the Southernmost Lake on the Yadkin/Pee-Dee river chain and one of the oldest impounded lakes in North Carolina.

Badin contains 5,350 surface acres of water, 115 miles of shoreline, and an average depth of 90 feet with a maximum depth of 190 feet. This diverse fishery hosts all three major Black Bass species (Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, and Spotted Bass) as well as Striped Bass and Walleye.  With its deep structure, rocky islands, grassy shorelines, flats, points and boat docks, there will be ample opportunity for every style of fishing.

This will be a single launch event from the Badin Public Access and Swimming area. The area is in a small park, just north of the boat launch at the southern end of the lake. Anglers will also check back into this same area at the conclusion of the event.

There are four events remaining (not including the October Top 25 event)…… The AOY standings remain very competitive. Remember that CKA takes the angler’s best six event finishes for the season towards your AOY points, so there is still a great opportunity to work towards both AOY and the top 25.

Sign Up:     5:00am – 5:45am

*** Sign up ends sharply at 5:45am, we will not be able to accommodate late anglers***

*** Anglers may launch from either the park or the ramp but please note the Captains meeting will be held on the water at   the park area***

 

Blast Off:     6:00am

*** Captains meeting on the water just before blast off. Anglers must stay within designated area***

Check In:      2:00pm (late penalties start at 2:01pm)

Photo Upload Cutoff:    2:30pm

 

Sign up and Pay at Tourney X: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-5-badin-lake

 

Launch Address:

38828 NC 740

New London, NC 28127

 

 

CKA at the 2017 KBF National Championship

Competitive fishing against the nation’s top kayak anglers requires considerable determination and skill. Once again our Carolina Kayak Anglers rose to that challenge and fished extremely well at the KBF National Championship and related events on Kentucky Lake this past weekend. The CKA staff is grateful and thankful that CKA anglers devoted time and resources to making the journey to Kentucky Lake for the KBF Championship in 2016 and 2017.

Below is a side by side example of how our anglers performed this year when compared to last. We have listed only the anglers who placed or were near the top of the standings.

We also want to thank others who competed – Jim Lor, Matt Hawj, John Ladd, Joey Sullivan, Brian Falbe, Dustin Matthews, Duane Houser and Hank Veggian – with respectable showings in all events this past week. The larger national events give us more than money to compete for, and that is the opportunity to travel, have fun and enjoy fishing on a great bass lake. We also thank KBF, all the sponsors and families who support our anglers, our fellow competitors from the U.S. and Canada who participated, and the great states of Kentucky and Tennessee.


2016 KBF National Championship                     2017 KBF National Championship

5th place Shelly Efird                                            3rd place Rick Rowland

7th place Jim Lor                                                  5th Place Cory Dreyer

16th place Cory Dreyer                                         14th place Stewart Venable

20th place Jamie Denison                                      16th place Shelly Efird

29th place Aaron Miller                                          31st place Denny Romero
                                                                         35th place P.C. Hawj

2016 KBF Open KY Lake                                    2017 KBF Open KY Lake

11th place Jamie Denison                                      1st place Rick Rowland 

13th place Henry Veggian                                       3rd place Cory Dreyer

                                                                          12th place Austin Vang

                                                                           13th place Shelly Efird 

2016 Big Bass Brawl KY Lake                             2017 Big Bass Brawl KY Lake

9th place Cory Dreyer                                              5th place Bob Dainton

13th place Henry Veggian                                        16th place Brandon Jessup

15th place Shelly Efird                                             20th place Rick Rowland

17th place John Ladd

18th place Buster Swisher