Tournament of Champions Recap

CKA Tournament 9

Tournament of Champions

Lake Norman

October 21-22, 2017

The Tournament of Champions marks the end of the CKA tournament season. CKA established the Tournament of Champions to reward the top 25 anglers in the AOY standings with an opportunity to fish for one last prize – a winner take all event. The 2016 edition was a single day event won by Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Similar to last year’s attendance of 19 anglers, the 2017 edition drew 18 of the top 25 anglers (a few roll down spots were included). Unlike the first edition of the Tournament of Champions, this was a 2 day event, with a 3/2, 5 fish aggregate limit. The top prize remained unchanged – the winner took home the entire entry purse.

Day 1 of the 2017 CKA Tournament of Champions concluded with Melvin Yang leading the tournament with a three fish limit of 51.25” and Tommy Xiong just trailing the leader with 48”. Day one results are available at this link: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-of-champions

Day 2 of the CKA Tournament of Champions brought the remainder of the top 25 CKA anglers out for one last day to determine a champion on Lake Norman. On the final day, Melvin Yang extended his day 1 lead and anchored it with a great 19.25″ Spotted Bass. Melvin landed a 5 fish limit of 87″. For all who have fished Lake Norman, you know how impressive that is. Melvin won $900. Congratulations, Melvin Yang, for the hard fought win!

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KBF Membership reminder

Hello everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that KBF requires membership registration by July 31st for anglers who expect to qualify for and attend the 2018 National Championship at Kentucky Lake next March. If you do not register as a KBF member by that time your spot will roll down to the next angler.

Remember that the top 5 anglers in the CKA standings will qualify for the National Championship. There is a tight numerical grouping at the top of our standings and some may not want to risk signing up only to finish 6th and not get a roll down. That is fine. But should you earn big points at the final two CKA events and make our top 5 after the deadline,  please understand there is nothing we can do about it. The next KBF member in the standings will get that spot.

Additionally, if you are a CKA angler who has already qualified for the National Championship through some other format such as an Open, Trail event or On-line Challenge, please remember that you must register for the National Championship on Tourneyx. You do not yet have to pay, but you do have to register.

We would hate for some of you to miss out on a chance at the National Championship because of a deadline, so we are posting this as a reminder. We are a KBF affiliate and we  encourage membership. KBF offers varied memberships options, including military discounts, lifetime memberships, student memberships, etc.For more information, see the KBF membership page at the following link: http://www.kayakbassfishing.com/membership/

 

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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