2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship TV Special

You’ve heard the stories of the huge bass and limits that CKA anglers catch at Kentucky Lake. You’ve seen the photos of CKA anglers with big checks, new kayaks and other prizes.

You’ve also heard of the pounding waves, brutal weather patterns and exhausting 20 hour days we endure to compete at the KBF National Championship every season.

This year, it’s going to be on television.

Tune in tomorrow to watch the KBF National Championship special on the Sportsman Channel (Saturday, June 23rd 9 pm) to watch the all-new KBF 1 hour special. It will be shown again also on Sunday and Wednesday.

For a complete schedule and also to watch the trailer featuring CKA anglers Cory Dreyer and Jamie Denison, click here:

http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/shows/kayak-bass-fishing-national-championships/

 

Shearon Harris CKA/KBF Trail Event

CKA Tournament 5

KBF Trail Event

Shearon Harris Lake, NC

June 9th, 2017

Overview

Welcome anglers to event #5 of the 2018 CKA tournament season. The tournament will be held on June 9th at Shearon Harris Lake. This is our yearly visit to world renowned Shearon Harris and it is our first time hosting a KBF Trail on the lake. The tournament will be a multi-launch event using the two available public ramps at the lake.

The event will be held in conjunction with a KBF Trail Event.  Anglers may fish either the CKA and KBF event separately, or fish both events simultaneously. The CKA event is a 3 fish limit event and the KBF Trail event is a 5-fish limit event, but an angler’s 3 CKA fish can be cross-posted to the KBF event on Tourney X. Additionally, non-KBF members can compete in the KBF event but we encourage anglers to sign up as KBF members.  

This post contains

  • Lake and license information
  • Boundaries and rules (and links to complete rules)
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Launch information
  • Registration links
  • Post-Event Check-In info

For additional updates, visit:

CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

KBF Trail on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/198411284075630/

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CKA Tournament 4: Kerr Scott Lake

CKA Tournament 4

Scott Kerr Lake, NC

May 12, 2018

Advance notice: please read the info below the paragraphs carefully!

Kerr Scott is another new lake to the CKA Trail. There is a story as to how it was chosen. While debating lakes for the 2018 season, the CKA directors reached a deadlock over a May date and lake. Rather than concede, one of us chose a random lake from a map, a lake he had never heard of, fished or seen in his life. One of his opponents then said, “you know, that’s a great lake. That could work out.” Therefore, all the usual factors for lake selection went out the window. We did not choose this lake based on popularity or season, angler feedback or another trail’s schedule or for any reason at all. It was random.

In sum, 3 of the first 4 lakes of the 2018 CKA season (Hyco, High Rock, and Scott Kerr) were new to our series and the 4th (Hickory) is a recent addition. We set out to shake everyone out of their comfort zone. The result we hoped for has come to pass: attendance is far outpacing 2017 and this year’s AOY standings are more competitive, making for wide open AOY and ROY races.

Scott Kerr is located in the northwest Piedmont, near Wilkesboro. It is one of 4 Piedmont lakes run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There will be (7) launches eligible listed below. There is also camping and rental cabins, which can be found at this link.

  • Anglers will sign up through TourneyX at https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-event-4-w.kerr-scott-reservoir . You will not pay through Tourneyx. The Entry Fee for this event will be paid at the Dam Site Park morning sign in between 5:00am -5:45am. Anglers will leave after a brief Captains Meeting to reach their ramps.
  • Anglers are to remain within 30 yards of a launch area prior to the 6:15am start time. Anglers may have kayaks in the water but will not be permitted to leave early to get to fishing areas.
  • Blank identifiers will be available on TourneyX approximately one week prior to the event (we recommend printing a few extras).
  • Unique identifier CODES will be released Friday 5/11 at 8:00pm EST on the CKA social media (Facebook and Twitter). We will provide instructions at that time for how to populate the identifier.
  • TourneyX sign up will be cutoff on Friday 5/11 at 11:00pm EST.
  • Budget time for travel from your launch to check in.
  • Remember you must be present at check in no later than 2:45 pm. If you need help with or have issues uploading your fish, please make an attempt to be at the Check-In Area early.
  • ALL ANGLERS ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN AT THE CHECK IN SITE (DAM SITE PARK) BY 2:45PM. IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE SHEET, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FISH AND SCORE ONLY 20 POINTS TOWARDS AOY.

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CKA Tournament #3: High Rock Lake

CKA Tournament #3

April 14, 2017

High Rock Lake

CKA Tournament #3 takes us to another new addition to the CKA Trail, a lake familiar to many North Carolina anglers: High Rock Lake. High Rock has hosted many Bassmaster events (including three very memorable Bassmaster Classics). It is a tournament favorite on many kayak and boat circuits. From its river-fed northern end to the deeper waters in its southern pool, High Rock is a diverse fishery loaded with bass and structure.

Our CKA event coincides with a live Kayak Bass Series (KBS) event. Anglers can register and submit the same fish to both events. KBS has provided CKA with not one, but six Manley rods as giveaways for this event! You can sign up for both events on TourneyX (the folks at Ketch Co. may also be present with their CKA & KBS tournament approved boards!).

Remember also that Boonedox will host a KBF Trail at High Rock the following week (April 21st), so this will also be a great chance for anglers to pre-fish for that event.

Get:Outdoors, Yak Attack, BioSpawn, Dave’s, and TRC Covers have generously provided giveaway items. Additionally, Manley Rods is providing the previously mentioned additional giveaways for this event. Don’t forget: if you fished a CKA event this season, you receive a discount at Get:Outdoors, so stock up on kayak fishing gear, as this event is close to the store!

  • Multi Launch (six ramps listed at bottom of page are the only legal launches).
  • Anglers are to remain within 30 yards of the launch area prior to the 6:30am start time. Anglers may have kayaks in the water but will not be permitted to leave early to get to fishing areas.
  • Blank identifiers will be available for print approximately one week prior to the event (we recommend printing a few extras).
  • Unique identifier CODES will be released Friday 4/13 after 8:00pm EST. We will provide instructions at that time how to populate the identifier.
  • TourneyX sign up will be cutoff on Friday 4/13 at 10:00pm EST.
  • If you plan to camp or be away from a printer on Friday, please print your ID in advance, then fill in the code the evening it is released to Facebook.
  • Budget time for travel from your launch to check in. Remember you must be present at Southmont check in by 3:00 pm. If you cannot upload photos and show up at 3:00 pm asking for help, tournament directors may deny your request. Therefore budget time wisely.

 

Sign up

Tourneyx: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-3-high-rock-lake
Fee $50.00 Entry (includes H.O.W, TourneyX, Big Fish fees)
Event Date April 14, 2018
Format 3 fish (8” minimum). Hawg Trough measure required.     
Lines in 6:30 am
Lines Out 2:30 pm
Check in/Photo upload ends 3:00 pm
Check in Address:             Southmont Access

899 Wildlife Recreation Area

Lexington, NC 27292

 

Approved Launches

1. Southmont

899 Wildlife Recreation Area Access Rd, Lexington, NC 27292

 

2. Flat Swamp Creek

16646 NC-8, Denton, NC 27239

 

3. Dutch Second creek

10799-10895 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

 

4. Tamarac Marina

9120 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

 

5. Buddle Creek

2882 Holloway Church Rd, Lexington, NC 27292

 

6. York Hill Boat Access (Must fish south of I-85; waters north of I-85 are off limits)

Trading Ford Way

Linwood, NC

CKA at the 2018 KBF National Championship: Review and Photos

Every year, CKA anglers write a new chapter in the book that has become the KBF National Championship. The characters change, but the plot does not: we compete hard and represent our series well.

Weather conditions at the 2018 edition of the world largest kayak bass fishing tournament also provided the usual twists: this time it was snow and wind, followed by post-cold front conditions during the event. The lake had been drawn down, too, and active fish were hard to find. Roughly 20 of our anglers made the trip and figured out the bite with varying degrees of success.

In the end, 3 anglers finished in the top 10% of the field. They were Matt Hawj (16th place), Cory Dreyer (25th place) and Aaron Miller ( 46th place). Arlie Minton made the top 100 (at 79th place) and Joey Sullivan gets honorable mention for being just outside that cut. In a field of over 750 anglers, with a tough bite on a huge lake, these anglers performed extraordinarily well.

We have posted some of our favorite photos from the 2018 KBF National Championship to the CKA website. To see them, click here.

Now, the long grind of qualifying for next year’s event begins. Remember that the top 5 in the CKA standings at the end of the season get a ticket, and there will be 3 KBF Trail events in North Carolina this year, too. The first one is the Boonedox event at High Rock on April 21st! Advance registration links are posted at the bottom of our KBF/CKA 2018 gallery page.

We’ll see everyone at Hickory this Saturday!