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 & ROY Standings Update

Hello everyone,

We have posted the files for the updated AOY and ROY standings. They can be found at either the ROY 2018 or AOY 2018 pages on our website. Each page contains the same file, with AOY points followed by the ROY. Here is a link to one of the pages:

https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3111

We are very busy finalizing logistics for the Shearon harris combined CKA/KBF Trail event on June 9th. Some advance notice: We have reserved the LongLeaf Shelter at Harris Lake County Park for the Captains Meeting on the evening of Friday, June 8th.

This is the time of year when many of us need to replace gear. If you are a CKA angler in 2018 you receive a discount at our sponsor Get:Outdoors. Show them your name on an event roster for 2018 and the staff will set you up!

See you all soon!

The CKA Staff

 

 

CKA Tournament 4: Kerr Scott Lake

CKA Tournament 4

Scott Kerr Lake, NC

May 12, 2018

Advance notice: please read the info below the paragraphs carefully!

Kerr Scott is another new lake to the CKA Trail. There is a story as to how it was chosen. While debating lakes for the 2018 season, the CKA directors reached a deadlock over a May date and lake. Rather than concede, one of us chose a random lake from a map, a lake he had never heard of, fished or seen in his life. One of his opponents then said, “you know, that’s a great lake. That could work out.” Therefore, all the usual factors for lake selection went out the window. We did not choose this lake based on popularity or season, angler feedback or another trail’s schedule or for any reason at all. It was random.

In sum, 3 of the first 4 lakes of the 2018 CKA season (Hyco, High Rock, and Scott Kerr) were new to our series and the 4th (Hickory) is a recent addition. We set out to shake everyone out of their comfort zone. The result we hoped for has come to pass: attendance is far outpacing 2017 and this year’s AOY standings are more competitive, making for wide open AOY and ROY races.

Scott Kerr is located in the northwest Piedmont, near Wilkesboro. It is one of 4 Piedmont lakes run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There will be (7) launches eligible listed below. There is also camping and rental cabins, which can be found at this link.

  • Anglers will sign up through TourneyX at https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-event-4-w.kerr-scott-reservoir . You will not pay through Tourneyx. The Entry Fee for this event will be paid at the Dam Site Park morning sign in between 5:00am -5:45am. Anglers will leave after a brief Captains Meeting to reach their ramps.
  • Anglers are to remain within 30 yards of a launch area prior to the 6:15am start time. Anglers may have kayaks in the water but will not be permitted to leave early to get to fishing areas.
  • Blank identifiers will be available on TourneyX approximately one week prior to the event (we recommend printing a few extras).
  • Unique identifier CODES will be released Friday 5/11 at 8:00pm EST on the CKA social media (Facebook and Twitter). We will provide instructions at that time for how to populate the identifier.
  • TourneyX sign up will be cutoff on Friday 5/11 at 11:00pm EST.
  • Budget time for travel from your launch to check in.
  • Remember you must be present at check in no later than 2:45 pm. If you need help with or have issues uploading your fish, please make an attempt to be at the Check-In Area early.
  • ALL ANGLERS ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN AT THE CHECK IN SITE (DAM SITE PARK) BY 2:45PM. IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE SHEET, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FISH AND SCORE ONLY 20 POINTS TOWARDS AOY.

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CKA at the 2018 KBF National Championship: Review and Photos

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!

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