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
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/
- 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:
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.
Larry, Henry, Wayne, Ralph and Ron
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.
We are proud to announce, for the first time in CKA’s 5-year history, that we will crown a 2018 CKA Rookie of the Year (ROY) at season’s end. As kayak angling continues to grow (in particular kayak bass fishing), we devised the ROY as a way to welcome and reward newcomers to our series who fish throughout the season with us.
And so: The Rookie who achieves the four highest event point totals at the conclusion of the 2018 season (Gate City Kayak Classic) will be our first ever Rookie of the Year.
- Eligible participants cannot have fished any CKA events in the first 4 years. Season 5 must be your first season.
- No additional entry required.
- Eligible participants will have their (4) best finishing point events count towards the title.
- Please contact CKA via Facebook Messenger and/or the CKA Website to identify yourself as eligible and that you will be participating (results will be posted throughout the season).
- Prize announcements will be coming soon and throughout the year as we continue to build upon a one of a kind prize package.
- Rookie of the Year receives an automatic bid to the entry-free Tournament of Champions in October.