January 2018 CKA Newsletter: Payout Updates, ROY, etc

January 2018 CKA Newsletter

This post address a number of different additions and changes we will implement with CKA for the 2018 season. Topics include payouts, registration fees, the new Rookie of the Year prize, operational costs and the revised Tournament of Champions format. While each change is unique, they are also interdependent.

First, CKA has adjusted its payout format on several occasions over the years. It has done so in order to account for several factors, including the growing popularity of the series as well as to balance sponsor giveaways with cash prizes. Additionally, CKA always considers feedback from the anglers who participate in the series. We listened last season and came up with a solution that was as close as possible to what anglers requested. In these ways and others, the payout update below is no different from past changes. Here are the major points:

 

  1. CKA will pay out more places at each 2018 event. Last season we paid out 10% of the field, or 1 in 10 spots. This season we will pay out deeper into the field, or roughly 1 in 8 spots. For example, we average 58 anglers per event 2017. At an average 2017 event, we paid 5 spots. This season, that will be 8 spots at a 58 angler event (58 being our average attendance). Big Bass payouts will continue for each tournament.
  2. In 2018, the 2-day Tournament of Champions will have a new priority as the culminating event of our season. The new payout structure makes this possible. Please stay tuned for a follow up post with all of the details pertaining to this exciting event, but as it stands, we are budgeting to make it a “free” event so that qualifying anglers will only pay a nominal Tourneyx fee.
  3. CKA will continue to donate to H.O.W. but we have restructured contributions to increase tournament payouts.
  4. CKA will deduct a small amount from each registration fee to cover operating costs. As CKA has grown, tournament directors have paid out of pocket for many costs including user Paypal fees, payments to Tourney X, merchandise advances, compensation of judges and equipment purchases. Rather than ask anglers to pay a membership fee, we will deduct
  5. For the first time in our existence, one new CKA angler will be crowned Rookie of the Year. Details to follow but we are excited about seeing new anglers compete for this title.

During this off season, all four tournament directors debated the best way to sustain the series, expand payouts, maintain charity commitments and reward anglers. We consulted anglers and discussed with series sponsors. It was a long process with one goal in mind: to improve the rewards to anglers. This was our solution, and we hope you will find it reasonable. Thank you for your support.

CKA Anglers in 2017 KBF Challenge Events

CKA Anglers in 2017 KBF Online Events

Dozens of CKA anglers are KBF members, and as members they can compete in select online tournament events. For them, 2017 was a landmark year, as CKA anglers competed at a high level in nearly every one of the season’s KBF “Challenge” events. This post recognizes their hard work and celebrates their achievements.

Kayak Bass Fishing holds two categories of “Challenge” events every season. First, there are the popular KBF Monthly Challenges, which are organized by state. Second, there are the nationwide “Special Challenges” that generally run Friday – Sunday. Special Challenges are divided into Night Fishing Events (“One Night Stands”) and Special Challenges that mark important calendar dates like Father’s Day, etc.

KBF held 15 Special Challenges in 2017, and the best finishes by CKA anglers were as follows:

o        Joey Sullivan 1st place     (Black Bass Friday, 98 anglers)
o        Rick Rowland 1st place     (April One night Stand, 78 anglers)
o        Jamie Denison 2nd place    (Veteran’s Day Challenge, 120 anglers)
o        Rick Rowland 2nd place   (Father’s Day Challenge, 106 anglers)
o        Dewayne Houser 2nd place   (July One night Stand, 135 anglers)
o        Matthew Dunn 3rd place   (Mother’s Day Challenge, 73 anglers)
o        Henry Veggian 3rd place   (Dog Days Challenge, 131 anglers)
o        Brian Falbe 6th place   (May One Night Stand, 85 anglers)
o        Brandon Jessup 6th place   (July One Night Stand, 135 anglers)
o        Matt Dunn 10th Place   (Columbus Day Challenge, 104 anglers)
o        Cory Dreyer 11th Place   (100 Challenge, 100 anglers)
o        Henry Veggian 11th Place   (Columbus Day Challenge, 104 anglers)

 

Other notable finishes include the “Freedom to Fish” Challenge in which Rick Rowland, Henry Veggian, Jamie Denison and Ralph Nolan rounded out the top 25 with 16th, 17th, 19th and 21st place finishes, respectively.

In the other category, the North Carolina Monthly Challenges, CKA anglers earned the following notable finishes:

o        Joey Sullivan 1st place o        (April, July, September)
o        Henry Veggian 1st place o         (May)
o        Matthew Dunn 1st place o        (October)
o        Adam Share 1st place o        (August)
o        Jamie Denison 2nd place o        (September)
o        Rick Rowland 2nd place o        (July, June)
o        Bob Dainton 2nd place o        (May)
o        Arlie Minton 3rd place o        (October)
o        Larry Anderson 4th place o        (June)

 

 

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.

Read more “The CKA 2017 Tournament of Champions”

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:

Read more “Gate City Classic 2017”

August CKA AOY Update

Hi everyone, and thank you to all those who attended the Shearon Harris event ten days ago. We have more news to post in the coming days and weeks, but for now – the updated Angler of the Year standings are up!

You can see the new rankings in the pdf file attachment beneath this paragraph. We have fished 7 tournament events this season and your lowest score was culled. This has created additional movement on the board, as anglers who did well at Shearon Harris advanced several places, while another restored his lead. The race is not yet finished but it has tightened up near the top. Remember that qualification remains open for the CKA Tournament of Champions, so a spot in the top 25 remains within reach for many anglers.

Click on file for CKA AOY update (August 7, 2017): CKA AOY Standings 08072017

Additionally. Mr. Butler has updated the “Big Bass” lake, limit and angler stats. As you can see below, Harris surpassed Falls (and nearly caught Randleman) for the number of big bass the lake gave up, Harris fish took 3 of the top 5 big bass slots, and we have a new top limit as well.  

Read more “August CKA AOY Update”