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.

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TourneyX Usage and Photo Review Update

We are now halfway through our first season utilizing Tourney X as our method of managing CPR tournament submissions. It honestly has been a great tool not only for tournament directors but for the anglers as well.  As is the case with any new tool there are both tech glitches and usage issues that arise and we thought at this point of the season it would be a good time to post some information and advice about a common usage problem. The two primary topics of this post are duplicate submissions and post-tournament photo review. Please read carefully.

One of the more pressing issues we are seeing this season is the mistaken submission of duplicate fish.  This generally happens when an angler hits the submit button again while a photo is already uploading or when an angler simply mistakes one photo of a fish for a photo of another fish. These are cases of angler error and not cases of cheating.

Nonetheless, anglers are ultimately responsible for uploading and maintaining the integrity of their photographed fish. This is why we give an extra 30 minutes after the check in to allow anglers to ensure they have uploaded the correct photographs. Although TourneyX is not visible for the last hour, anglers are still able to view and fix their own fish submissions (in both the web and app based tools) even while we have the site blacked out at day’s end (for an example, please reference figures 2 and 3 below). We recommend however that anglers avoid submitting and reviewing photos at the last minute. This can lead to mistakes at the end of a long, tiring day.

The CKA staff has a post event review process. Immediately after the event concludes, Tournament Directors review the winning fish before awarding prizes. In the following day(s), all submitted fish are reviewed a second time before the TourneyX CKA tournament standings are re-activated (fish are reviewed once during the event). If a duplicate fish is found during that process, we will DQ that fish and anglers will not be able to re-submit. Again, while judges score fish during the event, it is up to the angler to submit the correct fish. If a duplicate slips past us on a busy day, and it is caught later, it is still a duplicate and it will be taken down.

In summary:

  1. Carefully submit and review your catch.
  2. Do not trust the technology to manage your submissions. Review everything, and try to avoid last second submissions and reviews whenever possible.
  3. Duplicate fish submitted after an event has ended will be taken down and no re-submission will be allowed.

We understand that mistakes happen. We do not make executive decisions in order to punish anyone or embarrass anglers. It isn’t personal: it is simply about maintaining the stated rules. If you ever have a fish taken off the board, understand that. In the past an angler who has had a fish removed recognized his or her mistake and handled the removal well. We’d like to see that continue. Even more so, we would like for anglers to avoid the situation altogether, so please practice using TourneyX and review your fish during and after submission.


Assorted Advice:

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CKA 2017 Tournament Photo Gallery

We have posted a gallery set from the 1st CKA tournament at Lake Norman. We will periodically update the 2017 galleries as we receive photo submissions, but in the meantime browse the gallery for post-tournament photographs from last Saturday.

We have not posted photos of fish submissions. Unfortunately, the TourneyX site is currently down for maintenance as the company prepares to launch its new web design. Your catches will once again available on that site when the new Tourneyx site launches in the coming days.

Later this afternoon we will also publish the first of 2 informational posts regarding the Falls Lake event. Stay tuned!



CKA Anglers in the News: Cory & Jamie in “The Ten”

The CKA celebrates and promotes the accomplishments of all CKA anglers, and this week the CKA staff asks you to join us in wishing the best of luck to two of our very own. Our skipper Mr. Cory Dreyer finished 7th in the 2016 KBF AOY standings and one of our top anglers, Mr. Jamie Denison, finished as runner up in that same AOY. As this post goes up, they are attending the Captains Meeting for an exclusive high-stakes tournament that begins tomorrow….The Tournament known as “The Ten.”

With the Ten, Kayak Bass Fishing rewarded the top ten AOY anglers by pitting them against each other in an exclusive competition at the famous Bienville Plantation in Florida. In “The Ten” format, 10 anglers catch 10 fish. The angler who finishes first takes home 10 thousand dollars. Competition begins on Friday and ends Saturday.

Follow the event live on Tourneyx at this link:

Remember: CKA anglers who accumulate points in the KBF events co-hosted by CKA can accumulate points in the KBF AOY standings, too. For example, CKA will co-host KBF Trail events at Falls Lake (March) and Randleman (July) this coming season. Those points, combined with participation in KBF on-line events, attendance at KBF Open Events, and the National Championship accumulate over the season as AOY points for KBF member anglers. In sum: you could qualify for events like “The Ten” next season.

More importantly, whenever CKA anglers do well, our sport grows and we all benefit. Please join us in wishing Jamie and Cory the best of luck.


CKA Sponsor Announcement: Get Outdoors

Get Outdoors returns in 2017 as the major sponsor for CKA. Get Outdoors has sponsored CKA from the start and we are proud to continue building our great relationship. Get Outdoors will be giving an item/s away at every tournament and also a $500 gift card to the AOY! 

UPDATE: All active CKA fishermen will receive a 15% discount at Get Outdoors. Please contact Cory for details….

The AOY prize package for 2017 is growing by the day – you definitely do not want to miss out on this season! 

We thank Get Outdoors for its steadfast support of the CKA tournament series. Visit their website here.