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.
- Bob Dainton
- Jacob Miles
- Drew Blair
- Casey Reed
- Ron Gerber
- Graham Reay
- P.C. Hawj
- Eric Nelson
- Aaron Miller (Aaron also won the Big Bass pot)
- 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: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-1-hyco-lake
Thanks again to everyone, and we will see you at Lake Hickory on March 31st!
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.
- 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***
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.
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.
Read more “CKA 2017 Year in Review”
Tournament of Champions
October 21-22, 2017
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”
First of all, we extend congratulations to P.C. Hawj, the 2017 Angler of the Year! By winning two consecutive events in June and July, P.C. won the A.O.Y. title and prizes, which included a new Jackson Cuda HD, a new Bending Branches Ace paddle, a new YakAttack BlackPak, and a $500 Get Outdoors gift card. For more information about his season follow the link to the AOY 2017 page on our website.
Congratulations also to the anglers who qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Lake Norman! (We will post event info and sign up links tomorrow).
Click on the link below to see also the CKA top 25, the final regular season standings follow, and to access the full record of individual events on TourneyX.
Thanks to all who competed this season and to all of our sponsors!
AOY 2017 & Top 25