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 Photo Gallery: Randleman Lake

Hello everyone,

We are catching up on posts, and apologize for the delay. Our site was transferred to a new server last week and we had some changes to make.

We updated the 2017 gallery with photos from Randleman, including action shots that were not posted to Facebook. Thank you everyone for making it a great tournament and congratulations to the winners on both the CKA and KBF events! Thank you also to Get:Outdoors for hosting the Captains Meeting, and all of our sponsors. Wilderness Systems deserves a special thanks for providing the Radar 115! You can see the photo gallery here: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=1586

We will post AOY update and details for the Shearon Harris event in the coming days. One quick note about the Harris tournament: both ramps will be available to anglers, and CKA staff will be at each for the morning check ins/meetings.

 

 

 

CKA AOY Update June 2017

Hello everyone and thanks again to all of the anglers who recently fished at Lake Badin, as well as our sponsors for their generosity. CKA tournament attendance is up from last year and we are on track  break our seasonal attendance record. A few numbers below, courtesy of Mr. Butler:

  • 296 Anglers have fished in our 5 events to date
  • 139 different people have fished at least one of our events in 2017
  • 60 angler average per event

Once again, we thank everyone who competes with us to make CKA the most well-attended series in the state. These numbers would be even higher if some of our veteran anglers were not busy traveling to compete at KBF Trail events that have conflicted with our tournaments. The other side of that story is that we have welcomed many new kayak anglers to the series, and they have infused it with new talent. 

We have updated the Angler of the Year standings through 5 events (Norman, Falls, Jordan, Hickory and Badin). With 3 events remaining in the season there is room for earning points and the battle for the top spot remains close. Also, there is room to qualify for the top 5 (who qualify for KBF National Championship) and the Top 25.

An Excel file of the current and complete AOY standings can be found at this link: CKA AOY Standings 06192017

This PDF file contains the Badin Lake standings only: CKA_Event__5_Badin_Lake_Standings -Updated

We look forward to seeing everyone at Lake Randleman on July 8th!!

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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Get: Outdoors Discount for CKA Anglers

With kayak fishing season in full swing, this is a reminder that our primary sponsor Get:Outdoors offers all current CKA anglers a 15% discount on all in-store products. Get:Outdoors currently has all the latest kayak fishing gear from major brands, and the discount applies to all products in the shop.

To qualify for the discount:

  • You must have fished a CKA event during the 2017 season.
  • Purchase your product in-store (not on-line)
  • Make your purchase before the end of the 2017 calendar year.

CKA thanks Get:Outdoors for its support of our series. Please support them, too.

Contact Cory Dreyer for more details or if you have questions: (800) 450-6819

Visit the website, then visit the store: http://shopgetoutdoors.com/