2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship TV Special

You’ve heard the stories of the huge bass and limits that CKA anglers catch at Kentucky Lake. You’ve seen the photos of CKA anglers with big checks, new kayaks and other prizes.

You’ve also heard of the pounding waves, brutal weather patterns and exhausting 20 hour days we endure to compete at the KBF National Championship every season.

This year, it’s going to be on television.

Tune in tomorrow to watch the KBF National Championship special on the Sportsman Channel (Saturday, June 23rd 9 pm) to watch the all-new KBF 1 hour special. It will be shown again also on Sunday and Wednesday.

For a complete schedule and also to watch the trailer featuring CKA anglers Cory Dreyer and Jamie Denison, click here:

http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/shows/kayak-bass-fishing-national-championships/

 

AOY standings update

Hello everyone and thanks again to all of the anglers who recently fished with us at Hyco.  

We are posting the CKA AOY update file (see below) so that everyone can have a look at the official standings after one event. Given that qualifying spots are at stake for KBF Nationals (our Top 5 get a ticket) and the Tournament of Champions (top 15), it is important that the numbers be correct. Double check the list against the event standings on TourneyX. If you think you see an error, contact CKA Tournament Director Wayne Butler. Note also that the (R) designation next to a name indicates a 1st year angler.

As it stands, Bob Dainton has punched a ticket to the Tournament of Champions because he won 1st place at Hyco. Bob is a local kayak fishing pioneer and a CKA regular. Congratulations Bob!

The rest of the field is wide open this early on so prepare for our event on Lake Hickory on March 31st, get signed up and fish hard to gain ground or reinforce your position.

It’s a long season and now is the time to grind and stack points!

Hickory sign up: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-2-lake-hickory

AOY Standings as of March 1st, 2018 (revised 200 point scale)

NAME Hyco Rank
Bob Dainton 200 1
Jacob Miles 197 2
Drew Blair 194 3
Casey Reed 191 4
Ronald Gerber 190 5
Graham Reay (R) 189 6
PC Hawj 188 7
Eric Nelson 187 8
Aaron Miller 186 9
Shelly Efird 185 10
Ricky Rowland 184 11
Teng Yang 183 12
Aaron Trexler 182 13
Jim Lor 181 14
Jimmy Houser 180 15
Tony Uselman 179 16
Matt Hawj 178 17
Melvin Yang 177 18
Austin Vang 176 19
Mark Phillips 175 20
Mike Yang 174 21
Nick Lester 173 22
Ralph Nolan 172 23
Mark Wilkins (R) 171 24
Chris Linville 170 25
Dustin Matthews 169 26
Jacob Goode 168 27
John Stone (R) 167 28
Toby Swansey 166 29
Anthony Brinkley (R) 165 30
Mike Wimmer (R) 164 31
Joey Sullivan 163 32
Brian Falbe 162 33
Matthew Dunn 161 34
Arlie Minton 160 35
Nathan Naturile 159 36
Doug Mabe 158 37
John Vue 157 38
Teng Vue 156 39
Keith McGee (R) 155 40
Terry Wheeler Jr (R) 154 41
Henry Veggian 153 42
Bernie Garrett (R) 152 43
Derrick Hood 151 44
Sidney Shoaf 150 45
Jeremy Coggins 149 46
Kou Yang 148 47
Ker Xiong (R) 147 48
John Ladd 146 49
Ryan Freeman (R) 145 50
Lee Payne (R) 144 51
Kou Yang 143 52
Joe Angelcyk 20 53
Brandon Bertovich (R) 20 53
Travis Bevill (R) 20 53
James Blackburn (R) 20 53
Bobby Bowers 20 53
Wayne Butler 20 53
James Chambers 20 53
Brad Clayton (R) 20 53
Eric Garcia-Ochoa (R) 20 53
Kayla Ingram (R) 20 53
Matt Kaufmann (R) 20 53
Ryan Lassiter 20 53
Josh Lewis (R) 20 53
Chris Morris (R) 20 53
Randall Pearman 20 53
Denny Romero 20 53
JEREMY SMITH (R) 20 53
Marcus Smith 20 53
Tony Tant (R) 20 53
David Truban (R) 20 53
Ronnie Williams 20 53
Tommy Xiong 20 53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CKA at the 2018 KBF National Championship

Every year for the past three seasons, CKA anglers compete to be invited to the KBF National Championship. Some qualify by finishing in the top 5 of CKA’s AOY standings while others battle on-line, at KBF Trail events  and at regional KBF Open tournaments.

We take many roads but we have one destination: Kentucky Lake.

And so it is that in March of every year our qualified anglers begin a new kayak fishing season by fishing for two days against a large field of nation’s top kayak anglers. The stakes are high, the days are long, but the rewards are many. Two CKA anglers (Cory Dreyer and Rick Rowland), came within inches of bringing the trophy to North Carolina in 2017, placing 5th and 3rd, respectively, and Shelly Efird and Jim Lor nearly did the same in 2016 (placing 5th and 7th). In sum, CKA has had two anglers in the top 10 every year. Will this be the breakthrough event we are all waiting for?

As anglers begin the journey to Tennessee, the CKA tournament staff, our sponsors friends and fellow anglers wish this season’s competitors the best of luck!

Looking ahead, remember also that CKA will host 2 KBF Trail events in 2018 (Harris in early June and Gate City Classic in September), and we will also help Boonedox with their Trail event at High Rock in April. A KBF Open is scheduled for Santee Cooper in early May – all are National Championship qualifier events.

The TourneyX profiles of qualified CKA anglers headed to Nationals are listed below. And don’t forget to follow live tournament results at this link on March 23-24: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2018-kbf-national-championship

Drew Blair  Bob Dainton  Jamie Denison  Cory Dreyer  Shelly Efird  Brian Falbe  Matt Hawj

Brandon Jessup  Calvin Keller  Jim Lor  Shoua Lor  Jacob Miles  Joshua Miles  Aaron Miller

Arlie Minton  Nathan Naturile  Eric Nelson  Ralph Nolan  Ed Parrish  Ricky Rowland

Marcus Smith Joey Sullivan  Austin Vang  Henry Veggian  Tommy Xiong  Melvin Yang

 

 

 

March Newsletter: CKA & KBS in 2018

Hi everyone,

While our Lake Hickory event (March 31) is next on the Trail schedule, the CKA Directors are always looking at opportunities for anglers to participate in additional events. This year we are excited to announce that we have paired with Kayak Bass Series (KBS) to offer (1) live event that will coincide with the CKA Event at High Rock Lake in April and (6) online events throughout 2018. If you pay the membership fee (not required for participation), you can enter the KBS AOY standings for the chance to fish the year end KBS Classic on the infamous Lake Fork in Texas.

 

  • KBS events will be judged using TourneyX and you can cross submit CKA fish at High Rock to the KBS board
  • Online events are $25 and the High Rock Live Event is $50.
  • There is a membership fee of $50 if you choose to compete for the Classic invite but it is not required.
  • AOY Score will consist of one KBS Qualifying event and your best 3 Online events (Membership Required).
  • Sign Up for events can be found at https://tourneyx.com/app/category/(kbs)-kayak-bass-series/

Events schedule

  • 3/24 – ONLINE #1 SPRING BASS BLUES (KBF National Contenders can also participate)
  • 4/7 – ONLINE #2 BLOOMING APRIL BASS
  • 4/14 – LIVE EVENT / HIGH ROCK LAKE (this is concurrent with the CKA event)
  • 5/5 – ONLINE #3 SIZE IS EVERYTHING
  • 5/26 – ONLINE #4 HOT SUMMER BASS
  • 8/11 – ONLINE #5 ONE PLUS ONE = TWO
  • 9/8 – ONLINE #6 BIG AND SMALL

Remember that Manley Fishing, a company affiliated with KBS, has also provided eight certificates for rods for us to give away at each CKA Event this season, so please sign up and thank them for their generosity! For more info, see the links below:

http://www.fishkbs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kayakbassseries/

https://manleyrods.com/

Looking ahead, our anglers are preparing for the KBF National Championship and pre-fishing for CKA on Lake Hickory. We will post more on these events soon.

Sincerely,

Larry, Henry, Wayne, Ralph and Ron

 

 

 

Lake Hyco CKA Tournament Recap

Hi everyone,

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.

  1. Bob Dainton
  2. Jacob Miles
  3. Drew Blair
  4. Casey Reed
  5. Ron Gerber
  6. Graham Reay
  7. P.C. Hawj
  8. Eric Nelson
  9. Aaron Miller (Aaron also won the Big Bass pot)
  10. 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!