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:
Every year, CKA anglers write a new chapter in the book that has become the KBF National Championship. The characters change, but the plot does not: we compete hard and represent our series well.
Weather conditions at the 2018 edition of the world largest kayak bass fishing tournament also provided the usual twists: this time it was snow and wind, followed by post-cold front conditions during the event. The lake had been drawn down, too, and active fish were hard to find. Roughly 20 of our anglers made the trip and figured out the bite with varying degrees of success.
In the end, 3 anglers finished in the top 10% of the field. They were Matt Hawj (16th place), Cory Dreyer (25th place) and Aaron Miller ( 46th place). Arlie Minton made the top 100 (at 79th place) and Joey Sullivan gets honorable mention for being just outside that cut. In a field of over 750 anglers, with a tough bite on a huge lake, these anglers performed extraordinarily well.
We have posted some of our favorite photos from the 2018 KBF National Championship to the CKA website. To see them, click here.
Now, the long grind of qualifying for next year’s event begins. Remember that the top 5 in the CKA standings at the end of the season get a ticket, and there will be 3 KBF Trail events in North Carolina this year, too. The first one is the Boonedox event at High Rock on April 21st! Advance registration links are posted at the bottom of our KBF/CKA 2018 gallery page.
We’ll see everyone at Hickory this Saturday!
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
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/